A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pusuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Most bad government has grown out of too much government.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
–Thoughts from Thomas Jefferson (courtesy of John Petrie)
We were sent an interesting news article this week. It was written by Ty Shesky for the Saginaw NBC outlet: Michigan DNR: Wild Hogs a Growing Concern.
As you watch, please take note of a few things:
* Baby pigs are pictured at 0:39 and 2:40. The Declaratory Ruling identifies feral hogs as having striped babies. What pattern do these have? I also wonder where those stills were taken. At that property or somewhere else. If elsewhere, where? The DNR have a history of utilizing photos from Texas or other states to show the problem pigs here.
* A few video clips of boar breed pigs are shown (1:32, 4:47). Note their surroundings. See any consistant object in each instance? A fence, maybe?
* A few video clips of pigs running in the woods without fences are shown (1:23, 4:43). What do they look like to you? Same as the pigs in the above clips?
* A clip of a sow and piglets is at 1:28. What do those piglets look like? Striped? They look surprisingly like Duroc and Yorkshire hogs. But that can’t be–they’re out in the woods with no fences. Better clean my glasses.
* Note what Doug Miller says about the animals on his hunting preserve. That rigorous testing (every animal out on his 200 acres) is the standard for that industry. His pigs are not rooting up his neighbors crops, either. Never have.
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him. –Thomas Jefferson
*Note the second gentleman’s closing quote, that the DNR has the right to trangress Doug Miller’s personal property (and ours, and anyone else they suspect of harboring pigs) even though Mr. Miller has done everything asked of him to ensure his animals are healthy and properly restrained. Did the pictures convince you that Doug Miller’s allegedly Russian boar pigs are the ones running wild and wreaking mayhem? And how many pigs did that gentleman catch or actually visually see?
Please watch the video, then share your thoughts with the journalist. Watch for more such propaganda to come as the DNR presses their agenda. Keep spreading the word. Liberty is at stake.