Case In Point Herger

Case In Point: Wally Herger 121210
A Fringe Analysis and part of our “Bringing America Back to Sanity” series

Wally Herger   is a great example of how bigotry and ignorance fuels the growing bitterness and divisiveness in America, particularly as represented by Republicans, but by no means does this excuse Democrats.  He’s a great example because of the contradiction he represents as a politician.   

First, the good Wally:
Last October Herger received an award from the California Biomass Energy Alliance,  a group of companies that own biomass power plants or timber, for “Biomass Advocate Outstanding Achievement” for his “unwavering support” for the biomass energy industry.  Read about it HERE

We here in the “wildfire waiting to happen” West like that kind of talk.  Nature will take hundreds of years to correct the forests, and the hills will burn often during that time, increasing global warming, filling the air with partially burned hydrocarbons, eroding the watersheds and destroying our homes.  We like the idea of turning potential wildfires into potential jobs in green energy.  
Herger also has a lot of friends locally for his continued support of the timber industry.  Wally’s worked hard to insure the hills continue to pay off.  

Now, the odd Wally:
Herger co-sponsored and shoved through the House a resolution insisting the Feds do more to keep Mexican Drug Lords out of the national forests.
That isn’t all, though, check out this cool picture of Wally in camo, preparing to fight those Mexican Drug Lords himself: (from his taxpayer provided website ).

Note the very impressive sewn on badges, which protect(?)
the officer’s identity.  We thought cops were supposed to
identify themselves, that’s what a badge number is for.  Does
this look legit to you?

Also, how come Wally didn’t get one of those
cool baseball caps?  Maybe he got one but it
shaded his face, so he took it off for the photo. 
After all, the photo is why he came!

Be sure to read the statement about the drug raid HERE 

Herger’s comments (link above) provide a great example of ignorance and how it benefits the speaker.  He puts forth an effort to name, and the article clarifies and repeats, Mexican Drug Lords.  He does this because we all know how violent Mexican Drug Lords are.  He wants us to be afraid of people growing a plant in the forest.

He might be completely ignorant of the fact that most people who grow in the woods aren’t connected to organized crime.  Further, the presence of someone of Mexican heritage or a dozen cans of chili, doesn’t indicate that the grow was related to Mexican Drug Lords.  

Indeed, most people who grow in the woods are young Americans, who can’t find a job, and have the strength and stamina necessary to do guerilla grows.  There are two reasons they grow there: 1.  They often don’t own land; 2. The government steals your land for growing pot just like the church used to take your land for being a heretic.  Poor people pretty much have to grow on public land, or timberland.  Besides, discouraging people from growing under the sun is what sent them underground, to burn (and spill) diesel or steal power from PG&E to grow inferior, pesticide laden cannabis under lights.  Wally!  Think about what you’re doing, and the unintended consequences!

But, this isn’t about “protecting our federal lands and the citizens who want to enjoy them.”  It’s almost impossible to “enjoy” most of our national forests because you can’t get to them anymore; use is being funneled by the Forest Service Master Transportation BlahBlah.    

Instead, it’s about Herger making points among conservatives for “kicking the nigger.”  No disrespect intended to Black people, the phrase is appropriate whenever a politician gains points among his supporters for picking on the members of the community who are “different” and nearly powerless, as politicians in the South did until the end of the last century with poor Black members of the community.  

Mexican Drug Lords (who, trust me, never appear in Northern California forests themselves) represent the new “outcast”, and it fits perfectly, because this strategy is racist, and the drug trade is staffed by people who are poor, have little or no political power, and work dangerous, difficult jobs for less than a good job pays. 

As with power in America, power among the Mexican Drug Lords is focused at a few on the very peak.  The analogy would be perfect but somehow Wally forgot to say “the Mexican Drug Lords want your women.”

This Photo is a link to the Redding Record Searchlight.  The photo is from 2008, but has guns, camo and pot. 
The article is about Herger’s Mexican Drug Lord bill, and isn’t so much journalism as a chance for Herger
to look like he’s actually doing something.  We have this question about the photo: would this guy make as
much if he were swamping all that biomass in the background?  Also, could he be Mexican?  Are we sure he
isn’t a Mexican Drug Lord, and not a regulation American Law Enforcement Lord?

Anyway, does Wally think the MDLs take the pot back to Mexico to sell?  As with every aspect of the Mexican Drug Lord drug trade, cannabis production is fueled by American demand for drugs.  The biggest business by far is bringing drugs into America.  If MDL pot were taken off the market all together it would represent a small part of their overall business.  

What does Wally want, here?  Nothing he seems to want is supported by what he does.  That’s because what he does is for show, not substance.

Herger showed up at the bust, no doubt at tax payer expense, to blab hate about the current bogeyman, and convince his timber and farmer supporters that he drinks the right koolaid.    

What is it, Wally?  Herger, on the one hand, curses the scourge of Mexican Drug Lords (and thousands of jobless Americans) who damage the forest growing pot, but at the same time gets an award for encouraging an energy system that, if successful, will scour the woods of biomass.  On the one hand he proves he’s willing to get dusty to curse MDL, but on the other hand, he fails to get the point that if he and his Republican cronies would legalize cannabis we could be growing hemp, for fiber, food, animal feed, and BIOMASS.

If Wally really wanted to keep Mexican Drug Lords out of the woods, he’d work to create a legal cannabis drug and hemp industry in the U.S.  But, legalizing hemp would create fiber and biomass competition for his timberland pals, and violates the emotional, fear driven issue of cannabis.   If cannabis and hemp were legal, he’d have to find a new social outcast to kick.

So, he serves his masters and pleases his supporters, and if he actually does something good, it’s an accident, something that happened along the way to doing what politicians in this country most often do: serve themselves.

Herger demonstrates why America is in such bad shape: addiction to dollars.  Herger won the biomass award by accident, he was serving his old pals in the timber industry and brush got in the way of the timber.  It’s pretty clear lumber isn’t coming back for awhile, so suddenly the brush and peckerpoles are worth money as electricity.

He’s also against Mexican Drug Lords by accident.  Herger is willing to keep cannabis illegal, and funnel more tax dollars to fight the bogeyman in the woods instead of really solving the drug problem, which is about as supply-demand capitalist as you can get.  Want the Mexican Drug Lords out of the forest?  Allow Americans to grow cannabis for all its products, and take the profit motive out of being a Mexican Drug Lord.  

At some point the clear contradictions of being pro-forest products and pro-biomass but anti-cannabis and anti-hemp have to be explained.  All politicians, and not just Wally, have to answer the embarrassing question in this situation: are you a hypocrite, or an idiot?

The Solution:
Our solution is campaign reform that works like this: stop electing idiots and liars!  

Demand logical consistency from your elected politicians.  Think critically when you see a president in flight gear with a plastic turkey, or a congressman in camo with a plastic Mexican Drug Lord.

Note: The House Resolution Herger and congressmen from TEXAS and UTAH sponsored is just a little baby in the process of moving through the house and senate to become a footnote on a more important bill.  It’s unlikely it will actually pass, since all it really does is roll Homeland Security into our woods.  The Forest Service only spends 11% of its law enforcement budget on chasing Mexican Drug Lords out of the woods.

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