I wrote a rather strongly worded but polite letter to Sen. Carper regarding this issue back on Feb 7th. I may have received a reply from his office already, but if so, I'm sure it was just another form letter, as is always the case anytime I write to US Senator or Representative. I don't hold back in my letters, although I write as clearly as possible and don't use profanity or anything that will make them automatically throw away or delete the letters (Ha!!).
It is a constant source of frustration for me that there are people ignorant enough to actually vote for these politicians, without any understanding of their ideology, motives and who influences (or owns?) them. Of course, I realize so much of it is driven by big donors and special interest groups with clout (money), and the power of the individual seems hopelessly lost much of the time. However, I will never give up, and I hope that no one reading this that believes in the integrity of this country will give up either. This country was formed as a republic of states, with very limited powers given to the federal government and all the rest of the powers reserved to the states and the PEOPLE. Obviously, over so many decades and so many "movements," we have wandered unrecognizably far away from the original construct of this country and allowed corruption and abuses of power to take over at all levels. People talk about eventually another American Revolution happening in some form, which certainly sounds desperately necessary, but how likely is that to happen when more and more generations of people are ignorant of history, economics and the Constitution? We are graduating generations of morons from our politically correct schools, so it's becoming increasingly difficult to find people that have any insight about how this country is supposed to operate.
Anyway, I know I'm wandering off the main topic, but all these factors are part of the problem that has brought us to the point where one of our US Senators feels free to relentlessly push for this national park, presumably to get his name mentioned somewhere to preserve his legacy. I keep hearing that he's a "nice and decent man" and all, but as a politician and Senator, what is the deal with the relentless push for this? Is it narcissism or a desperate need to be recognized and leave a legacy? I thought people were supposed to serve a brief time representing their home state then return home to private life and not make a lifetime career in politics. Oh...sorry, I guess my thinking is at least 100 years late.
I should note that I understand and support the concept of national parks, according to their original intended purpose to preserve and interpret important history, monuments, etc. However, the will of the people - by petition, organization, local representation, communication with Senators and Reps, etc - is supposed to be the driving force that runs this country, and if people of one area or state clearly do not want the federal government to do some activity, short of actual police power or national defense, that should be the end of it. Since the states are supposed to have most of the power in this country, it should be left to them to determine how to memorialize their history and significant places, etc, not a money-hungry and power-hungry centralized government in Washington, DC.
I can post a copy of my letter or send a copy of it to anyone by PM if anyone wants. Whether I get a bit political or not when I write to our reps, when it comes to issues like this one, my points generally always go back to the Constitution, local control and the will of the people in having access to our public lands for traditional and recreational uses. In this case, the will of the people is obviously being ignored in favor of catering to politically-connected special interest groups. We have also become subjects to a prevailing condescending attitude in government that they know better than we do how to manage and conserve our natural resources, and it's pretty insidious. Speaking of conserving, I hope everyone recognizes the big difference between "conservation" and "preservation." (That makes me wish the OBPA was the OBCA instead, but whatever.)
Anyway, all I can add is that I wish everyone would be vocal about their opinions to our elected representation, who actually work FOR US, as hard as that is to believe anymore. The louder and more numerous the voices they hear from us, the more likely they are to listen, at least in theory. Sorry to ramble and digress in such a long post, but PLEASE use the rights and voice you have to educate others and SPEAK OUT loudly to your elected representatives!