I have shot a lot of pheasants. I have caught a lot of lake trout. I love pheasant and lake trout. All of those I have shot or caught have been eaten. Like all anglers and hunters, I have contributed a great deal of money to preserving habitat, i.e., preserving “nature”. Many of us contribute directly to organizations dedicated to protecting grasslands, waterways, and flyways. We also do this through license fees and scratch-off lottery ticket purchases.
And therein lies the rub. State government reeled in Minnesotans’ support for a lottery by telling them that the money would go to the “environment”. While a portion of the take from lottery sales does go to “the environment”, a large portion goes to the “arts”. We are now able to support people who choose to do “interpretive dance”. We also get to support “one woman shows” aimed at the evils committed by men and how women can be self-sustaining without men. Wonderful. That is the government at work.
Here is the reality. Most of us who are sportsmen don’t talk much about financial support of environmental causes because — well — it is just what people do. We believe in the environment and in habitat and in oxygen and in clean water. Unfortunately, the government appears to care less about “mother earth” than about morons prancing around in leotards or ranting about presumed evils.
The fact is simple. The government will not “save the environment”. First of all, the environment doesn’t need to be saved by humans. Secondly, even if it, government couldn’t do it. And thirdly, any effort to assist the environment in its own natural self-protection will come from individuals, not from any government.
This is another example of the need of government to get out of the way. The environment and we “little people” can handle it, thank you very much!