For What It’s Worth
By Jerry Finch
There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
So it comes down to this – armed BLM Officers with guns drawn and tasers fired, facing down cattle ranchers on a public highway. These aren’t the usual “wild horse advocates” that the BLM have long harassed and pinned down to sites where we are unable to witness the results of their helicopter roundups. These are the same folks that scream at the BLM to “get rid of those damn horses.” These are the good old boys that watch the BLM roundup remove hundreds of horses off a range because of drought conditions, then move their cattle on the same range the next day.
There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” might as well have been on the top 10 list today, as it was in 1966. The anger is boiling over, people are being hurt, both sides claim to be right and no one is listening to anyone else. This time is isn’t about Vietnam. It’s about cattle and horses and you know who loses when it comes down to that equation. The BLM wants money for cattle to be on public land, the cattlemen want all the horses off the land and the result is drawing national attention – not because one side has the support of the majority of Americans, but because of the insanity of it all.
Do the Bundy folks have a point to make? Probably. Does the BLM have a point to make? Probably. Do either one of them give a hoot about the horses? Absolutely not. Both of them have already made statements about horses “disappearing.” Horses, to these folks, are like cockroaches. Neither one gives a damn. They want money – Bundy for his cattle when he hauls them off to slaughter, the BLM for leasing fees, fracking, mineral exploration and anything else anyone finds.
Bundy claims the BLM took his land because some turtles needed protection. The conservative survivalist claim it’s all Obama’s fault, even though Obama was still in school when this happened.
But off in the distance, if you ignore the screaming and yelling, if you step away from the sirens and bullhorns, you might see a stallion looking down from a hilltop. If you are really quiet, you might hear hear him signal to his mares to move off.
We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?
America watches with mild interest. No one pays attention to the horses that disappear, not to a safe place far from human action, but into trucks headed into Canada and Mexico.
Who really loses? You already know the answer. Meanwhile, the SAFE Act sits on a desk in Washington, DC, waiting for someone to notice that horses are dying by the hundreds every day.