Last night, Ron Wyden held a public forum at PSU to introduce his proposal to designate Mt. Hood as "a protected wilderness area".
This public forum was supposed to be about the "people's comments", but ended up being nothing more than a campaign stop of mainstream environmental groups thanking Wyden for being such a protector of Oregon's lands. Each speaker had only two minutes and nobody had time for anything except to praise Wyden for throwing a crumb while forgetting about the whole cookie.
It was sickening.
One after another, each speaker thanked and praised Wyden while attempting to get recognition for their own wilderness area.
Is this the same Ron Wyden that I know?
Apparently not, because the Ron Wyden I know (and will not forget) is the Ron Wyden who was instrumental in passing Bush's "Healthy forest initiative".
The Ron Wyden I know gets more money from the timber industry than any other elected official in the country with the exception of George W. Bush.
The Ron Wyden I know is not a friend to Oregon's forests and yet one after another, the liberals and suckups from the mainstream environmental groups kissed his ass as he smiled like a Cheshire cat reaping the benefits of yet another "reformist" compromise with the devil.
The designation of Mt. Hood as a national wilderness area is a great thing whose importance is of such magnitude, that it should not be diminished in any way. Wyden should be congratulated for his "proposal", but nobody should pretend that it is anything but a proposal and that it has a very long way to go before becoming a reality.
But more importantly, if the mainstream environmental groups are going to sell out to this bastard who betrayed them in the worst way, what little hope we had for real change is lost.