Saturday, February 6, 2016

Less Militia, More Dieter!

Yes, I have been a little obsessed with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the far right-wing views of the Militia with their "sovereign citizen" philosophies, and the tragic death of an old friend caught up in all that.

As I've tried to explain, my work includes legal support for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. I was also born in neighboring Malheur County Oregon. So Malheur Country has been with me all my life. I even have a boy who served a LDS Mission in Oregon with part of his time in Burns. Part of his missionary service was assisting with the roping and castrating of calves. How's that for missionary work!?

And more than one person has advised me that sometimes I care "too much." Yeah. They said that. What I need to do is direct that caring into proper avenues to do some good in the world.

I take as my example, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He's had it much rougher than I ever had. And he never ceases in doing and promoting good for others.

Here is a recent interview he did on his personal history as a child refugee from war and a truly repressive and dictatorial government. This is so much better than the Malheur videos I and others have cared about far too much.

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