Sunday, September 25, 2005

Gutting the Endangered Species Act

House Committee Strips Away Endangered Species Protections

House Committee Strips Away Endangered Species Protections

"Representative Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, said the public should be willing to compensate private property owners in order to further conservation efforts.

'Saving species is a noble cause,' Walden said. 'But if it is so important, then the public needs to open its wallet and help pay for it.'"

While the illegal and immoral power grab continues in the Middle East, while millions still struggle to find a home among the circling corporate sharks on the Gulf Coast, the Congress (opposite of progress) in Washington, DC, that great national asylum for the criminally incompetent, go about their self-appointed task of making the world safe for hypocrisy.

California's own boot-licker to the Neocons, temporarily in control of the national corporate feeding frenzy, is attempting to gut the Endangered Species Act through a process of legislative prestidigitation, sleight-of-mouth, distraction and outright lies, fully in keeping with the sorry state of what passes for legislation in this country these days.

Walden (has irony disappeared completely?) is dead wrong on two counts: saving species is not a noble cause, it is impossible. We cannot save species, we can only stop destroying species to feather our own nests at their expense. This is not a noble cause, something to brighten the feathers of politicians and corporate CEOs, it is essential for the continuation of all life on Earth, even including, alas, unworthy human life.

Furthermore, the public already opens its wallet, yearly, every April 15th, to fund the work of the hacks, grifters, poseurs, sycophants, corporate toadies, ninnies and feebs who take up space in the Capital building, defiling the noble desks once occupied by true patriots and statesmen. The public is now forced to fund the gutting of the very laws that protect the diversity of life in our country, and by military extension, most of the rest of the world.

Walden represents the death of Democracy in the United States and its replacement by a combination of corporate and government rule, an economic government, a corporate oligarchy. Though the term has been distorted by popular misuse, corporate oligarchy is also know more accurately as fascism: totalitarian rule by a corporate oligarchy the defends industrial corporate capitalism internationally through military imperialism.

There is no distinction between government and business in the United States. Government neglect of public works results in massive damage to a major city, providing reconstruction opportunities for the corporations whose lobbyists lobby Congress for political favor. The government invades other countries to allow corporations to control their resources, and make billions in reconstruction of war ravaged cities.

Fascism, clear and unambiguous.

Progressive people around the world have defended against fascism since the early 20th Century. Fascism comes in many guises, from goose-stepping, jack-booted thugs to the oily government toady "here to help you." The militarized constabulary in our fascist country guards against dissent, restricting travel to keep the people from attending anti-government rallies, denying permission for unfavored authors and speakers to enter our country, brow-beating client states into arresting those critical of our government policies who dare to speak against the fascist regime.

Fascism, clear and unambiguous.

For evil to prevail, good people need only keep silent.

Leona Gulch
Pacific Plate

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