"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The rancher is 67 years old and his family has grazed cattle on that land for three generations. If the rancher lives on site, and he probably does, then I have little doubt that he is a living part of a culture that is fast vanishing.
None of this means that the rancher should get to graze for free. What it does mean to me is that the totality of the circumstances suggest that the rancher's use of the land should be grandfathered- so long as he pays the rent.
There could be other stipulations as well, such as the number of cattle must be with his historical norms. Yes, some tortoises might be killed, but the rancher is 67 years old and as the grandfathering only applies to him (and perhaps a few other 60 year old (+) ) ranchers, he will not be there forever.
If one reads the comments at this link, you might think there are some seriously deranged individuals with access to the internets
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
"Show of force."
It was a technique of the Germans in Warsaw after 1939. A terrified populace is a controlled populace.
I missed the part where the land management outfit had a court order. They sued him right? And they have legal jurisdiction and all that?
I would not be so worried about Ruby Ridge, more like Pine Ridge
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"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
This was common grazing ground, and used by the man's family since 1870. In 1946, the BLM was formed. I hope the feds turn out looking horrible after this.
"I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money." -Thomas Sowell
I'm torn on this one. On one hand, it's cows eating ****ing grass, does that really need paid for? Not sure how paying the government for your cows to eat grass protects this turtle... On the other hand, what difference does it make who the money goes to? If he feels that his family owns the land, well, I'd love to see documents saying so.
The road to Hell and the road to Jahannam is the same damn road.
I became a conservative by being around liberals. I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. ~ Greg Gutfeld.
Sorry, I don't feel empathy for a guy who has used public lands for free in furtherance of his own personal business and private profit. The fact that he refused to pay applicable fees for years before grazing was banned tells me that he feels like he personally owns and is entitled to the free use of that land... forever.
Apparently the feds have been in and out of court for decades trying to adjudicate this in some way; the rancher basically says, "bite me." So if the feds round up a few hundred head of cattle to auction off for past grazing fees, he can just cry me a river.
Besides, the sight of a squashed tortoise makes me sad.