Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Just In Case You Forgot . . .

I know that everyone that reads this blog has already registered their comments with the Forest Service regarding the Little Belt, Castle, and Crazy mountains, but have you told your friends?


You haven't sent in your comments yet and done your part to keep my favorite riding area open?

You haven't told all of your friends to do the same?

You have until Friday, so there's still a chance!

But since all of you already sent in your comments you won't have to scroll back to the original post where I asked you all to send in your comments and follow the simple instructions that I posted there nor will you have to click on any of the convenient links that I've included to save you the trouble of all of that scrolling.

I knew that I could count on you, my faithful readers, all 3 of you.

You're the best.


Joe Visionary said...

Lotta luck with your battle.

I must confess, I didn't realize that Libertarians are such social activists.

P.S. I took that political test at OKCupid as well. The result? Centrist. What a surprise...

Justin said...

I became somewhat of an activist rather recently actually. I never intended to but guys like me are increasingly becoming an endangered species due to government regulations, most of which were a result of politicians pandering to special interest groups, most of whom's special interests unfortunately conflict with the special interests of this old fashioned redneck hillbilly that just wants to be left alone.

A wise man once said "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" and we outdoor power sports enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, boaters, gun owners, gold prospectors, basically anyone that enjoys the outdoors and isn't a hiker, have become increasingly squeaky wheels in the last few years, not because we want to, but because we don't have a choice. A person like myself just gets fed up with it after a while. Doesn't seem to matter what it is, my job, my hobbies, my life in general, seems that no matter what I want to do it's either already illegal or there's a stack of regulations telling me how I have to do it, whatever it is. Everytime I walk out the door I practically need a lawyer walking next to me to advise me as to how not to get myself into trouble. If I was out robbing and killing I could see having to be so concerned with the law, but I'm an honest person, law abiding and hard working. I take great pride in that fact, and the more regulations that are thrown down in front of me the harder it is to remain law abiding and hard working, not out of malice, just out of the impossibility of knowing all of these laws let alone following all of them.

Thank you for your frequent comments Joe, I'm glad to see that you're still hanging around. All the best, stay warm way up there in the Great White North!

Joe Visionary said...

Stay warm?! Their forcasting that white stuff!

As for the activisim, you gotta do what you gotta do.

What you'd really like to see happen I'm betting, is that instead of a list of 'simon says' type laws, you'd probably be better off with some well-conferred social mechanisms that a consensus have agreed to, so that the understandings are clear and work for most people.

This is the best type of social mechanism - get everyone to give their perspectives, negotiate common grounds, then based on that, outline regulations and bylaws.

If you do this, even by assembling ad hoc committees, your elected bumtraps wont be able to get on side fast enough.

I've reconciled myself to this; this is why my wife and I became co-chairmen of the parent council for my kids' school. If you want a say, you'd better be prepared to be part of the process.

If I have any sense of you at all, Justin, you'll be a serious kick-ass activist.

Justin said...

I agree Joe, that's the way our government is supposed to work, but as time goes on it seems to be deteriorating from a well formed democracy with numerous checks and balances to a blatant case of mob rule. There seems to be no shortage of professional politicians that will jump behind any cause that comes along if they think it will boost their popularity and win them votes, with no regard whatsoever to what they believe in or what they think is right.

It's all a game of power and money, people with either or both tend to be loath to part with them. The original intention of a country governed by part time citizen statesmen seems to have been thrown by the wayside, like much of the constitution has been over the years. I read a funny statement a while back regarding the constitution for Iraq, somebody said "Why don't we just give them ours? We don't use it anymore." A statement that is sadly true.

As far as being a kick ass activist, kicking ass and activism, I believe, are two seperate entities. I think there will be a day for all of us when kicking ass is our only option, for now I'll try activism. When that runs out, then let the ass kickings begin. Besides, I wouldn't waste a good ass kicking on something so superficial as laws regarding recreation, when the ass kickings become necessary, I think that will be about much bigger fish.

Joe Visionary said...

A Canadian Senator friend of mine once said that the leader of the senate once told him 'There are no qualifications to become a Member of Parliament.'

He was alluding to the fact that anyone off the street can run for office.

Normally when 'anyone' is an activist within a community, it implies that they live there and know that they want a general bettering of that community. Wholesale suckholing (forgive this vulgar term) isn't part of the process.

I'm of the mind that someone who has lived as a regular part of a community, has tried to do business in it, has encountered the existing bureaucracy, has conferred with his/her neighbours on communal matters, such a person probably would be a popular choice.

Without actually having candidates write an exam to qualify to run, I think this kind of background has the greatest legitimacy.