Cannibals and useful idiots
By John Wasmuth
The following is real, and it's here.
Joe Hunter goes to a cocktail party, nothing fancy, just a holiday gathering in Anytown, USA. A conversation begins with Bob Peta, it goes something like this:
"Say Joe, didn't you go deer hunting this year."
"Sure did Bob."
"Man that's, uh, great, did you get one?"
"Yep, sure did, nice 6 point."
"Uh, wow, hey that's great. Say listen Joe, yer a true hunter, a "Real" hunter are you not?"
"Yes, I sure am."
"Say, I hear tell of a kinda huntin where people can go and kill animals in fenced in areas. You've never done that have you?"
"No, no I haven't."
"Well I wouldn't call that "real" hunting, would you Joe."
"Well, that's not the way I hunt."
"I know Joe, but there are people that hunt in fenced areas, I don't think that's "Really" hunting, do you Joe?"
"Well, uh, I guess not."
"Great, say listen Joe, a bunch of us concerned "Real" hunters are trying to get that done away with, we feel that it is unethical. Will you help us Joe?"
"Well sure, because that's not the way I hunt, and I am a "Real" hunter."
"Say thanks Joe; here is what we need you to do. As a "real" hunter, the big boys in the senate and congress will listen to you; they know that any "Real" hunter only hunts the way you do, and that's the only "Real" hunting there is. So what we need you to do is get out there and get petitions signed, people will sign them because you are a "Real" hunter and know that only your way of hunting is the "Real" way."
So Joe diligently goes after the goal, to ban and outlaw any kind of hunting that Bob suggests is not "Real" hunting. He gathers signatures, petitions courts, makes meetings, he is really cleaning up this "unethical" way of hunting. Hell, he's got a lot of support. He's gathering "Real" hunters from all over, and finally, after much hard work, they get a legal way of hunting banned.
"Joe, you did great and we sure appreciate your hard work, but hey, let me tell you what I heard about. There is another kind of hunting "We" think is not right. Do you think you can help us?"
"Well, I guess so Bob, I don't hunt like that, so it's not "Real" hunting. How can I help?"
"Well, here is what we need..." and it's the same story.
Odd how Bob seems to keep adding onto the list of what "Real" hunting is, but Joe goes at it hard and heavy, and in the end, he gets that type of legal hunting banned. Bob and his "Friends" are happy.
Joe's a "Real" hunter after all, and these other guy's, well, they are not, because the way they hunt is different from Joe, and Joe does not like that type of hunting, so what's the harm in getting rid of it?
Joe's a "Real" hunter you know. Not like those other guys. He even goes to Sportsman's organizations and recruits from within, it's easy because there are a lot of "Real" hunters there.
Time passes and more and more legal forms of hunting are banned. Bob and his "friends" are happy with Joe. He's been a big help. After it's all just about gone, Bob and his "friends" decide that it is time to get Joe's way of hunting banned, the final chapter.
"Bob, uh, hey buddy, this is Joe. I know I helped you get rid of all those other forms of legal hunting, but now there is a move to get rid of the way I hunt."
"Well Joe, I know. My "friends" and I are spearheading that."
"But Bob, I thought you liked the way I hunt, that it was ok for me to do the type of hunting I do."
"Well Joe, no, any and all types of hunting are bad, the poor defenseless animals never have a chance, and we dislike, actually hate hunters."
"But I thought the way I hunted was "Real" hunting to you."
"Hell Joe, it was all " Real" hunting, but we at PETA and HSUS Hate you, but thanks for all your help, we really appreciate it."
You see, what Joe became was a "Cannibal". A "Useful Idiot" to the anti's and PETA. They don't give a rat's backside how you hunt, what you hunt, or when you hunt. They just want all hunting done away with. They use hunters against hunters to gain support for their "Causes".
If you do not support any and all forms of legal hunting, and decide to pick and chose the ones you like and dislike, and voice any decent about the way someone else legally hunts, you are in fact, a "Cannibal" and a very very "Useful Idiot" for the enemy. There are plants even within the sacred walls of your favorite Sportsman's organizations. Route them out, expose them, and rid the board of them. Hunting's future depends upon it.
A whole lot of running off at the mouth to say nothing useful.
For starters, you`re simply spewing the ol` Nugent mantra, of the ol`, gonzo, spirit of the wild, pure protein backstrap, nonsense of, DO NOT talk down ANYTHING another "hunter" does. That`s complete garbage. Per your example, shooting deer, NOT hunting, but, shooting deer in an enclosure is a crock. uncle ted does it, as well as shooting deer in an enclosure over bait, and I take exception to that. I WILL NOT condone it, will not accept it, will not side with it to avoid appearing to side with the anti`s. Period. Some forms of "hunting" are wrong-no explanations needed, no apologies forthcoming.
To the point of this entire thread-the sniper shooting the deer at nearly 1000 yards-I`m not sure why the editors ever had this here. This is a hunting site, NOT an extreme shooting site. Killing any animal at 1000 yards IS NOT hunting. Regardless of the ethics, or lack thereof, involved, it`s simply a circus act, nothing more, nothing less. The danger lies in the fact that, some nimrod, bubba, "hunters" will try to mimic what a military trained marksman did. And why he did that is as far beyond me as the reason for the editors ever placing that story here in the first place.
Certainly, to SOME extent, the ethics of the hunt are dependent on the hunter. But there still are many ethics that are universal. Guys who truly hunt fair chase understand that the "situational ethics" that are so popular today are NOT the driving force for the one`s who truly hunt within the "spirit" of fair chase.
uncle ted, and all like him, are whores of the hunt, who would entice you, if only they could, to embrace any and all "hunting" forms. That would include hunting in play pens, hunting over bait, and the like. If your ethics are on a sliding scale, good for you, go for it. You`re a common man among today`s men. If your ethics aren`t on the sliding scale, and you stand for something that is immovable, good for you. We`re kindred spirits.
This discussion has become long winded and dull.