We all know that Obama shed some crocodile tears this week, but you may not be aware of an inspirational speech given by Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who emotionally called out government overreach and the situation in Oregon, where patriots are fighting to bring attention to the plight of the Hammonds’, as discussed at TrevorLoudon.com (see here and here).
Waldon gave an impassioned speech on the house floor, as excellently reported at OPB.org. While he does not agree with the patriots, who are currently occupying a federal building in the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, he called on Congress to “understand what drives people to do what’s happening tonight in Harney County.”
“This is a government that has gone too far for too long,” Walden declared. Discussing yet another land takeover in a neighboring county posing as a proposal for a “monument,” Walden says “This is outrageous! It flies in the face of the people!”
Here is an excerpt:
Walden spoke about the frustrations of ranchers and rural citizens in Oregon, pointing to what he sees as mismanagement of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area.
“I have seen what happens when overzealous bureaucrats and agencies go beyond the law and clamp down on people,” said Walden.
He said he’d rather the armed occupiers realize that they’ve made their case and go home. “But I understand and hear their anger,” said Walden.
“To my friends across Eastern Oregon, I will always fight for you,” said Walden, choking up at the podium. “But we have to understand there’s a time and a way.