I've never given a cent to charity.
It's not because of a lack of money, but because I'm selfish and
mean-spirited, and prefer to spend my money on beer rather than on the
salaries of charity officials.
But that's changed. And it's not because I'm sick or because someone I know
suddenly needs a liver transplant. I'm going to drop a few nickels on the
Make-A-Wish Foundation because this organization, which is devoted to
granting dying kids a last wish, is under attack from animal rights nags.
The Foundation recently granted a Minnesota teen-ager who has a big brain
tumor his dying wish to hunt a Kodiak bear. The kid and his dad went off to
Alaska to hunt.
And the shrews are angry. From California and other points on the freak and
politically correct map, they're squeaking that it's wrong to kill animals
and that the Foundation has committed some horrific act. And they're urging
people to stop donating money to the Foundation.
In past columns I've detailed how stupid, arrogant and hypocritical the
animal rights people are, and won't waste any more space at it. But it's time
to stand up to them. And if you care about freedom of choice and what this
country is supposed to be about, you will.
For the lifestyle dictators, under the guise of compassion for animals, are
doing what Hitler, Stalin, Castro, religious zealots, corporate managers,
baseball commissioners and every tyrant the world has ever known, have done
and do. They're trying to impose their beliefs on everyone else and make
others conform to their views. They're saying that only their opinions are
valid. And they're saying that there is only one way to live life--their way.
Foundation board member Douglas Elmets of Sacramento, Calif., said it well:
"America is a mosaic of lifestyles and values. This kid grew up hunting
and fishing his entire life. Should this be Make-A-Politically-Correct-Wish
It shouldn't be. But increasingly, politically correct goons like the animal
rights crowd are trying to control the rest of us. In Northern New Mexico,
the Forest Guardians succeeded in closing off the forest to locals who needed
to gather firewood for the winter. Never mind that locals had gathered wood
for generations without harming the forest, and never mind they needed the
wood to keep from freezing solid in their modest, often primitive, unheated
The Guardians, like other oppressive PC groups, claim a moral superiority
over others. The only thing the Guardians are superior at is in trying to
seal off the forest to all but a handful of backpacking, bird watching,
nasal-voiced snobs like themselves.
You can get thrown out of some colleges these days for taking a dislike to
loud, fat women, advocating freedom of speech or for desiring to marry
someone of the opposite sex.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is in business to grant the wishes of kids, not
the wishes of adults who want to tell others what to eat, how to think, where
to live and what to dream. The Foundation often sends kids to what I consider
the most dangerous, unhealthy place on earth, a frightening area where kids
get an irresponsible, distorted and perverted view of life and history. But
I'm not going to demand that they stop sending kids to Disneyland.
And there's nothing wrong with hunting. Humans have been on the planet for
about 2 million years. In that span, billions of animals have been hunted and
killed. Animals have been killing humans for fun, sport, food and out of mere
anger for as long as we've coexisted. It's no big deal.
I once had a boss who was a tyrant in moralist’s clothes. He proclaimed one
day: "You are now all free to think exactly like me."
If you care about freedom of choice and wouldn't want others to impose their
views on you, give a few bucks to the Foundation or drop them a letter of
Don't let the control freaks tell the kids: "You are free to wish for
what we tell you to."
2003 Dennis Domrzalski all rights reserved