‘Tis the season to shop for Christmas wares. And, if you’re anything like most families, you have that one relative that’s really, really into rock climbing or other outdoor stuff.
So, being the good relative that you are, you went to the website of Patagonia, one of the most popular outdoor clothiers.
However, instead of finding shopping deals, you found this:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 5, 2017
“The president stole my land?” you said. Surely, this was some sort of travesty that needed to be corrected by the forces of the left.
Actually, it was the other way around. But that didn’t stop Patagonia’s little stunt.
According to CNN, what the company was actually protesting was President Trump’s decision to return more than 80 percent of Bears Ears National Monument to the state of Utah, among other national monuments that were seized under abuses of the 1906 Antiquities Act.
Bears Ears was actually a last-minute land-grab by the Obama administration, which used the Antiquities Act to federalize millions of acres of land to stop energy exploration there. And did it in Obama’s final year in office.
However, the Antiquities Act “specifically states that (the monuments) should be limited to the smallest area possible and to protecting specific artifacts or other items of cultural and historical significance,” according to the Washington Times.
Given that this wasn’t limited to the smallest area possible — or even a small area — Trump decided the land belonged in the hands of Utah. So, Patagonia’s founder decided to take him to court.
“I’m going to sue him,” Chouinard told CNN. “It seems the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits. I think it’s a shame that only 4 percent of American lands are national parks. Costa Rica’s got 10 percent. Chile will now have way more parks than we have. We need more, not less. This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win.
“We’re losing this planet, and we have an evil government,” Chouinard added. “Not just the federal government — the wacko politicians out of Utah and places. I mean, it’s evil.
“I’m not going to stand back and just let evil win.”
This isn’t the first time that Patagonia has grabbed headlines with an anti-Trump stunt, either. Earlier this year, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario went as far as to identify the company as part of “the resistance.”
Which is why you got that lecture when you went to Patagonia’s website.
However, there’s a very simple way to stop this: Don’t shop at Patagonia.
And don’t elect politicians who treat the Antiquities Act as a license to grab as much land as they can for the federal government.
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