The Trojan Horse.
Would we recognize it if we saw it today, in our time, disguised in contemporary clothing?
Have we already unwittingly allowed it through our gates?
Do we mindlessly celebrate minor victories while dancing around the Horse, ignoring the many signs of trouble all around us?
Numerous ranchers run off their properties over the past few decades due to out-of-control regulations allowing unfair ratcheting-down of permit rules. (See page 40 of link.)
The Hammonds in Federal Prison for conducting normal burning operations in Oregon.
Ammon, Ryan, and Cliven Bundy, along with 33 others, arrested, and most held without bail in Federal Prison. Many held in solitary confinement for weeks.
“Sue and Settle” practices enriching Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with our tax dollars while empowering bureaucracies. (Win-win for the “defendant” and the “applicant”; big loss for tax payers and freedom.)
The list goes on.
All while our peak industry organizations have been at the table. Have maintained their seats.
Most people are convinced that it would be much worse if those vital seats had not been filled with the flesh of our hired guns.
I beg to differ. It is precisely BECAUSE of our presence at tables with people who despise our existence that things have got as bad as they have.
Without our voluntary compliance, insane regulations would never have flourished.
Peak Industry Parasites (shall we call them PIPs?) spend more time with WWF and HSUS than they do with cattle and tractors and the people who run them.
Board members are given 5-star treatment while being brought along in the ways of compromise and “reasonableness.”
Just as our federal political processes are front shows for the fact that bureaucrats are really in charge, boards are facades of representation while CEOs, swimming in big bucks, schmooze with Washington DC (and Rio de Janeiro and Paris and…) elites.
Our industry associations are modern day Trojan Horses. They’re killing us from within.
It’s time we stop funding our demise.
It’s time we stop worrying about how the anti-productivity brigade views us.
It’s time we stand up and manage our property, our animals and our families….
… without kowtowing to unelected and unaccountable leaches who care more about pacifying pansies in suits than about standing unabashedly for the principles upon which this country was founded.
In fact, it’s past time.
Time to destroy the Horse.