I know that our two-party political system in the United States is dysfunctional on both ends of the spectrum, but occasionally there are some startling, ugly differences between politicians that often align themselves with one side or the other. I’ve tried to make a point of that and give hard examples ever since I started publishing on this website. However, despite my general disgust with certain segments of the human population, I still am occasionally surprised at how low some of us can go. I am simply not cut from the same cloth as some of these ignorant, evil bastards I share this planet with. Some of the same people screaming for more freedoms are the same ones trying to strip freedoms from every part of life on the Earth save for their extremely narrow, decrepit lives.
If there was any doubt that some real shitheads are governing (or destroying) this country, please read the following:
STOP THE EXTINCTION RIDER
It’s the most sweeping attempt in recent history to gut the lifeline for wildlife in danger of disappearing forever.
The House Interior Appropriations Bill contains extremist language –known as the Extinction Rider — that would allow hundreds of animals and plants to spiral toward extinction.
The terrible Interior Appropriations Bill is headed to the floor of the House of Representatives. Among many other anti-conservation provisions, the Extinction Rider contained in this bill would prevent new protections under the Endangered Species Act for animals at risk of extinction.
Wildlife struggling to survive would continue their slide toward extinction without these vital ESA protections.
Fortunately, Congressmen Norm Dicks (WA) and Mike Thompson (CA) have offered a vital amendment that would remove the Extinction Rider from the Interior Appropriations Bill – and a vote could come as early as Monday.
For nearly 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has protected our most vulnerable animals and plants from the tragedy of extinction. Now, extremists in Congress are playing politics with our national treasures.
Make no mistake: This is not a spending issue. It is an issue of destroying America’s promise to protect our struggling wildlife and wild places for the benefit of corporate polluters, Big Oil and other special interests.
We simply can’t afford to squander our natural heritage. Please use your voice to protect our wildlife and wild places–for today and for future generations.
Jamie Rappaport Clark
Executive Vice President
Defenders of Wildlife