How I Learned to Dream: Why I Support the Hammond Ranch

I have known enough of these kinds of men to know why they did it. They did it because these are men who can fix anything themselves, who have never called 911 or a plumber in their lives. These are men who’ve lived most of their lives in the wild ranges of the West, where the open carry of firearms is common and the freedom to live as one chooses is still possible. They did this because they think they can fix it with their hands, like they fix everything else.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersAnd they are the last of the “real men.” The others have a penis only because of the mathematical machinations of the X and Y chromosomes. — jtl, 419

by Dani the cute conservative

I Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual   learned how to dream from the back of horse, where anything felt possible.

I learned how to drive in a foot of snow. I think I was 14, on my family’s ranch, feeding cows in our old Toyota pick-up.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewI learned how to shoot around the same age, walking out to the hill behind our house and shooting at tin cans with my dad.

I know how to use a horse to work cows, use a lariat (although I do not claim to be a roper, that is for people more skilled than myself) and fix a fence. In college I spent more of my summers on a horse than on my feet. I’ve watched sunrises and sunsets from the beds of pick-ups and the top rails of pole fences. I’ve ridden horses who scared me, done things I  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits Combat Shooter's Handbook  didn’t think I was strong enough to do, watched in awe as calves were born. The land is part of what it means to be a country girl – without these broad plains of sagebrush and grassland, without miles of dirt roads, without the deep dark of night and the bright blink of stars away from city lights, none of this is possible.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)I say all of this because I think too many of my friends are completely removed from what a ranching life looks like, and they think that their mockery of country people is harmless, that these bumpkins are too stupid to understand their highly clever hashtags and memes.

I’m here to tell you that there’s at least one cowgirl over here who’s heartbroken by the current situation at the Hammond Ranch. Not only is it a crying shame that a family has been bullied and victimized by a bloated bureaucracy, but it’s simply horrible to see how many are cheering for the bureaucrats and jeering the individuals fighting for the right to private property. Has culture fallen so far that we cheer for the suits instead of the cowboy? Will next year’s movie be all about how the Empire is doing the right thing by taking over the galaxy, instead of the desperate freedom fight of the Rebel Alliance?

To be clear, I think showing up armed and dangerous to stake out in a lonely range office was a terrible idea. It doesn’t play well from a PR perspective and it’s an untenable situation. But I have known enough of these kinds of men to know why they did it. They did it because these are men who can fix anything themselves, who have never called 911 or a plumber in their lives. These are men who’ve lived most of their lives in the wild ranges of the West, where the open carry of firearms is common and the freedom to live as one chooses is still possible. They did this because they think they can fix it with their hands, like they fix everything else. They think that this is a battle that can be fought on the plains of Eastern Oregon, not realizing that it should be fought in classrooms, on Twitter and in politics instead.

But, despite the unwise choice of an armed stand-off by some supporters (which, by the way, the Hammonds do not condone) the Hammond family should have our support. Because honestly, if we don’t side with the Rebels, we’re siding with the Empire – an Empire, which, in this case, is taking private property and bullying individuals using loopholes in an old law.

The derision the Hammonds are receiving in pop culture makes me especially glum because there’s nothing sadder than people who cheer their own bondage, or who mock another person’s struggle. You may not know what a frosty early spring morning feels like in an open pasture, or how good grassfed beef from your own land tastes. You may not own a gun, or have ever felt the warm wet tongue of a newborn calf on your hand. You may not know how to stretch a barbed-wire fence or jump your horse over a creek. But if this trend continues, no one will know any of these things. All we’ll have is stories of the good old days, when ranching families raised meat for their communities and little girls got to dream big dreams from the back of a horse.

Further research and provocation on this issue:

Shoshone Sisters Also Couldn’t Beat BLM

Five Reasons You Should Side with the Hammonds

Full Story of Militia Takeover

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.

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About Land & Livestock Interntional, Inc.

Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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