It's about time for a good rant, wouldn't you say?
The beat goes on in California and Oregon as the anti-mining interests continue to apply a stranglehold on small-scale miners and gold dredgers in both states. As I've said before, this trend is becoming increasingly common in the Western United States, so whether you like it or not, you better get used to it. "Just move along...there's nothing left to see here."
I truly hate being this negative, but I honestly believe there'll come a time (hopefully after I'm long gone) when ALL small-scale mining activities will be prohibited in both these states, if not the entire West...this despite the best efforts of courageous individual miners and their supporting organizations. This means even your trusty gold pan will be confiscated at some point...never mind your gun.
May I Speak Bluntly?
I'm going to speak more bluntly than usual here. Needless to say, I find all of this very distressing and highly ironic, particularly in light of the fact that gold miners (and mining in general) were central to the growth and wealth of both states. Yet with each passing day I see our rights both as individuals and as miners eroded away bit-by-bit-by-bit. This once-wonderful country of ours is rapidly becoming a vapid shadow of its former self.
To all appearances, the wannabe socialists and radicals of my generation have finally gotten what they always wanted...power. Steeped in leftist philosophies, propagandized by their liberal professors, and manipulated by cynical interests pulling the strings behind the scenes, the peaceniks of the 1960s and early 1970s are now turning the reins over to younger true believers who march lockstep with them, iconic clenched fists thrust high in the air. These are the same anti-war, dope-smoking hippies and draft dodgers who never served their country, but felt no compunction about reviling those of us who were lucky enough to return home after surviving our Vietnam War tours.
As you're already seeing, under the broad umbrella of 1960s generated neo-Stalinism the truth becomes lies, war is peace, propaganda becomes reality, and only our Dear Leader truly knows what's best for servants of the state. Meanwhile, earnest, hard-working, and value-driven Americans are now the great "minority" whose taxes fund governmental assistance programs for every crackpot special interest group and "alternative" sexual identity under the sun. These are the new protected classes, as are the swarms of illegal Third Worlders who view America as the land of milk and honey when it comes to jobs and free assistance. God forbid you question any of this or look askance at what's going on around you, mining not with standing. You'd be pilloried in a heartbeat, derided as fascist or racist...even accused of "hate crimes."
I've seen all this before in my younger days. Unfortunately, back then I never thought these self-serving hypocrites would ever gain real power. How wrong I was. Looking back with 45 years of hindsight, had I known then what I know now I may very well have laid down my weapon and said "Nope, no more."
Still, I know who the real fascists and oppressors are...
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R) 2013
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