Oh, For the Love of a Mouse!
The Big, Bad Government
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Our dear friend, Cicada Chiquita, is here with me at the breakfast table. Chiquita has just returned from a fact-finding mission in Otero County, New Mexico. It appears that the federal government is at it again. They are threatening ranchers' by refusing to allow their thirsty cattle access to a watering hole. Please join us for breakfast this morning, so our insect reporter can fill us in on what is happening. I will be serving western omelets accompanied by some delicious Bloody Mary's. Hope to see you soon.
A Mouse's Tale
Thank you all for coming here this morning. Let me give you a bit of background with regard to another attempt on the part of the federal government to grab some more land out west. The U.S. Forest Service has decided that the presence of cattle in Otero County threatens the safe existence of the meadow jumping mouse. The cattle are thirsty. The area has been hit hard by a drought. There is a spring located right in the middle of the land in question. The government would rather see the cattle die than infringe upon the mice. I must point out, at this juncture, that no one ever remembers seeing this mouse in the area. The government claims that the invisible mice are being driven out by the thirsty cattle.
The Forest Service has taken it upon themselves to build a fence around the land in question. The fence closes off about 23 vital acres. The locked fence prevents the cattle from reaching water. The people in the area are pushing back against this land grab. They have given the sheriff the power to open the gate. Thus far, the gate is still locked. And so the battle begins once more. The federal government seems determined to obtain as much land as possible by whatever means necessary. This has precious little to do with an invisible mouse or cattle. It has to do with power and that power is coming right out of the White House. The mouse has yet to be added to the endangered species list, but the government is determined to add it to the list by June.
No Water For You!
What is this mess all about? Is it about mice, cattle, water or the rule of law? If the law does enter into the picture, is it a self imposed law dictated by an executive branch that consistently oversteps its bounds? This issue is about the Obama administration and its unrelenting desire to seize control of the rural West. Think about it. How desperate do you have to be to conjure up a story about a mouse that locals have never seen? Let's look at this problem realistically. The land in question is rich in valuable minerals and resources, resources that this administration does not want to see developed. The federal government wants to push grazing and oil and gas uses off federal land.
The Law is the Law
The bottom line here is that it is time to remind the White House that they cannot make up their own laws to serve their own needs. They may want the land, but that does not mean that they can take it over. We have laws in this nation. We have a Constitution. The Obama administration has run roughshod over both, but it's time to remind them that you pay their salares. I have said it before and I will say it again. The government works for you. You do not work for the government. They are accountable to you. Let's make sure they remember where the power lies in the next election. Use your vote to safeguard your freedoms. First they came for the ranchers, then they came for you....
I'm Chiquita Cicada and I'm here to say,
It's time to make your voice heard
Do it today!