Scare Tactics

I recently bought a ticket to the Mountain Valley Stampede PRCA rodeo in Heber City. Much to my surprise I read on the front of the ticket, “No coolers or backpacks allowed due to homeland security.”

I do not know if the readers of this letter have been to a rodeo lately, but people aren’t exactly turning out in droves to see rodeo in this country. Too bad, because it is a gem of a piece of Americana that we, with the exception of the PETA folks, appreciate and associate with the great American West.

I don’t get the paranoia with the organizers. A would-be terrorist would stick out like a sore thumb a these events. In addition there are plenty of ranchers, cowboys and rednecks who gladly step in to disarm any threat to themselves or others. Back-packs and coolers are allowed just about everywhere else in the state with the exception of some other sporting events.

My daughter suggested this was just a way for the concessions to make money. Perhaps, but why the dire warning? Aren’t we making a little too much of nothing? Why scare the populace when seriously, a genuine threat does not exist. Sound familiar? Administrations have been using this excuse to invade soverign states since our nation’s founding over 200 years ago.


About marquisdevauban

Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran, Molecular Biologist, Political Activist, Musician, Writer, Philosopher, Outdoorsman, Husband, Father, Son of a
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