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(Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, file) “Free your mind, your ass will follow.” Junior, “Platoon” Utah’s congressional delegation has penned an op-ed in opposition to Joe Biden’s move to expand q. On Friday, Biden restored the original boundaries of Bears Ears via executive order , claiming at the signing that a little girl had asked him to protect the monument. I don’t buy that one for a minute, but who knows, that may be the way Joe remembers it.
Look, I am an outdoorsman. I don’t hunt, but I hike and backpack and I even gave up a pair of knees and endured permanent damage to my legs for the cause of defending public lands against wildfire. I’ve worked myself into a sweat during the day and froze my backside off on the desert floor at night. And dammit, I’ve got an intermittent limp to prove it. I did my bit. And unlike Joe, his lobbyist, and the white-wine spritzer crowd, I’ve actually been out on some of those lands. I’ve hiked them and lived on them. And truth be told, I loved every minute of it. And if I were not so old, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. There is more to firefighting than just a sense of adventure and some good stories to tell your grandkids. There is also the ineffable feeling of being committed to something greater than yourself, and if you have never felt that, I urge you to go in search of it.
One of the reasons for expanding Bears Ears is its cultural significance to Native Americans. I get that, too. But the Utah delegation raises the issue that input from the area residents, including local tribal members, was ignored in the expansion process. Despite what the Left would have you believe, not all Native Americans are the same. Contrary to the narrative, they are human beings with opinions, ideas, dreams, and goals of their own. They like the same things you do, want a good life for themselves, and their kids clamor for the same stupid crap yours do. As […]
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