From the BLOG of Laura Leigh:
This clip was posted last year from the HBO television series “Newsroom.” The clip is making another round Facebook and I wanted to speak to those of you that have followed this blog these last years.
Listen to this carefully…. this is the betrayal.
When I talk about the “pain” I feel as an American watching what is happening to our wild horses and burros THIS is what I am talking about. I was raised in a family where you served your country, because to do so was an honor. I was raised in a family where being an “American” was a driving force to serving in World Wars where my grandpa left a family at home who was “on a list” as of German heritage… and may have been interned. I was raised in a family that was silent when the TV blared the National Anthem before a baseball game. I was raised in a family that said the pledge of allegiance as if it were genetic code…”with Liberty and Justice for all.”
Our wild horses and burros are a lawful user of public land. Living as resilient survivors with hardly anything they thrive in that Freedom… or so we thought. Once WE were that resilient survivor… there were no “problems,” only “opportunities.”
I sit on that range and am pierced through my very American heart. I feel betrayed by my government’s lack of recognition of the living being that represents MY interest on MY public land. I watch MY interest be subjugated and abused as the rights of private profiteers over run my “symbol of Freedom.” “Liberty and Justice for all,” has been replaced with “it only has worth if it represents a dollar.”
MY Constitution WAS based on Liberty, Freedom, Equality, Bravery and sheer Grit of those that faced charges of treason for signing that first Declaration of our Independence. Is there a dollar figure that represents Liberty, Freedom, Equality,Bravery and sheer Grit? Are we that genuinely screwed up as a nation that we that see success as more than a bank account are so outnumbered that hope is lost?
I sit on the range and weep for our symbol of Freedom, the wild horse, and what my country is becoming. Values have deteriorated into a culture motivated by a “what’s in it for me?” attitude not a “what is right?” core objective.
Yet that “genetic code” I was born with makes it impossible to walk away as those that value “profit lines” destroy our equal right to an interest whose value fuels the soul… the spirit of a wild horse. I can not walk away when we disregard obligations to honor the contribution made by an amazing being that without their help, we never would have built our history. I can not remain silent.
I believe we are not outnumbered. I believe we will change the management of wild horses. I believe America, and Americans, can be great again…. I believe that the spirit in which our Constitution was created can live again.
Thank you for letting me “vent” here. I am studying briefs and arguments made by our government about how they wont do right by the horses and deny anything is wrong…. as this program gains an attention as they lie about everything from wild horses going to slaughter (and Salazar himself is implicated) to court documents that state “all horses were handled humanely on the range,” (after 3 TRO’s by Federal Judges that disagree). Simply because those with power say something over and over does not make it the truth.
The truth of the “voiceless” must not be lost under the weight of the lies of the powerful.
A BIG part of WHY I began this crazy “ride” is to tell a story the American media ignored… one that speaks MY soul as an American. I am an Advocate… but I am a journalist at heart. A journalist should tell the story beneath the story, not a convenient soundbite for a paycheck and that takes work. The concept that a journalist is an machine that types a non-emotional, bi-partisan (bi-polar) report is a cop out. As a kid I watched Cronkite cry as our nation lost a leader. I watched journalists reflect outrage at atrocities of war.
But I believe that as times become harder…. the values of truth and honor will become things we find we must have to survive. But sometimes it can take the loss of something seen as “no longer useful” for us to realize just how vital it was.
It is “our job” to make sure that loss is not the symbol of strength and freedom, the wild horse… and that the truth be told.
Please watch the below video and FOLLOW the work for the wild horses at Wild Horse Education. We need your help. http://WildHorseEducation.org
strong language alert
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