Blog Challenge, Day 22: You Didn’t Watch That

Yes, America, I am aware that there was a presidential debate tonight. No, I did not watch it.

I know who I am voting for, and every time I sit through an hour of Obama lies I feel my blood pressure increase like the national debt, so it just ends up feeling like torture.

Instead of watching a genial Mormon and a lying socialist face off over issues that the lying socialist has proven himself to be horrifically unqualified to handle, I watched “Last American Cowboy.”

“Last American Cowboy” (LAC), for those of you who don’t know, is a reality show about 3 ranching families in Montana. The show sheds light on the difficulties of ranch life, the grit and determination needed to be a rancher, and the methods ranchers use to care for thousands of head of cattle over tens of thousands of acres of land. It’s interesting and scenic, and kept me from wanting to throw a brick at my tv.¬†Each family featured on LAC talked about how their ranch was passed down from one generation to the next, and the narrator pointed out that the ranches were settled and established after the end of the Civil War, and have continued to thrive through the efforts of each new generation.

That… hold your horses there, cowboy, that would mean these ranches were begun before Montana was a state!?

That can’t be….

How on earth do the families on LAC have successful ranching businesses when their ranches were begun before federal roads and schools?! After all, if you’re successful “You didn’t build that.”

I bet the owners of the Stucky, Galt, and Hughes ranches would be shocked to know their ancestors didn’t build that. All those days in a saddle herding cattle in sub-zero temperatures… yeah, they didn’t build that. There had to have been a road involved somewhere…. only I didn’t see any highways or interstates. It’s possible that the roads maintained on the ranch were made and maintained by the efforts of the ranchers themselves, their tractors, and possibly a road grader. I’ve seen my dad make a decent road with a tractor, so it’s possible.

Well then, education! You know the government has to get a little credit here somehow. Surely those ranches couldn’t exist without state schools… except that ranching is taught through hard work and experience, and not learned in a classroom. Being so isolated they likely homeschool. Hmm… guess that argument isn’t going to work.

It seems that some success stories are, in fact, built by individuals.

Too bad those successful individuals have to pay taxes into a system that not only rewards the unproductive, but mocks those who make it possible for others to live comfortably with little effort at all.