A small handful of very distant bureaucrats

More on the “thinking” behind this No National Monuments For You move:

Trump told a rally in Salt Lake City that he came to “reverse federal overreach”

What is that even supposed to mean? How is it “overreach” to keep public land for public use? Why is that called “overreach” in contrast to handing the public land over to private developers to exploit and damage? Why isn’t it “federal overreach” for Mr Pinchyhand to bounce in and remove protections from public land?

Trump told a rally in Salt Lake City that he came to “reverse federal overreach” and took dramatic action “because some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington.”

So by that logic there should be no public lands at all, right? So there should be no national parks, no freeways, no dams, no federal courts, no federal anything, because the country is just too damn big, is that it? But in that case what does Trump think he’s doing? Why is one very distant racist sexist pig located in Washington better than a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington?

But also, there’s “controlled.” What “controlled” means here is protected, preserved, shielded from harm and damage, kept for gentle public use as opposed to destructive exploitation. It means conservation…which you would think conservatives would see the point of.

It’s public. It’s for all of us. Trump, like the lying scum that he is, is framing it as if a few people in Washington were keeping us all out when in fact it’s private ownership or exploitation that would do that.

“They don’t know your land, and truly, they don’t care for your land like you do,” he said.

“Care for”? But the whole point is to remove the land from protection so that it can be exploited and damaged for the profit of a tiny few.

It’s Malheur all over again, of course – those ridiculous cowboys grabbing a federal wildlife reserve because they wanted ranchers to be able to exploit it (for free, of course) instead of leaving it undamaged for wildlife and people who like to observe and study wildlife.

And somehow they get away with the absurd reversal.

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