As reported in the Common Constitutionalist, "National Parks, originally known as Federal Reserves, has been in existence for well over 100 years with the first recognized in 1872 – that being Yellowstone. Back then there was really no one to look after the park – no National Park Service – no Park Rangers.
In 1886 Congress decided to charge the military with the task of overlooking and protecting Yellowstone, but they were not really equipped or trained to do the job properly. So on August 25, 1916, the Park Ranger Service was born.
Prior to the military influence, those who loosely patrolled Yellowstone dressed in civilian attire, but since then, those who have looked after our National Parks have always been in uniform. And up until recently, this has been just fine.
But then again, many things have been just fine until the relatively recent rise of over-sensitive leftism. Nowadays, there is almost nothing that won’t somehow offend a liberal or a protected group – and it seems the Park Rangers have done just that.
The Park Rangers have offended someone, but not just anyone or any single individual. It seems the Rangers have offended and are said to be scaring an entire race of people. After 100 years of Park Ranger uniforms not offending anyone, it seems now the “Latino Community” has a palpable fear of them.
We know this because Maite Arce, the designated representative of the Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) who promotes the causes of Latino-only illegal aliens, says so.
Now what could possibly be her and her group’s concern? It seems Park Ranger uniforms too closely resemble those of the border patrol and I.C.E. agents.
So free access to healthcare, a free K-12 education, in state college tuition, welfare and a myriad of other perks isn’t enough. Now the National Park Service must change their uniforms to accommodate people who shouldn’t be here because they are scared by the way the Rangers are dressed?
Arce says that, “We are calling for drastic change. One example I can give you is with the Latino community, especially among the border states, but even nationwide, just the simple color of the uniforms that rangers wear. It’s such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and its similarity to the border patrol's uniform – in the coloring – could be very threatening to certain segments of the Latino population.”
Of course it’s not one example – it’s the only example and we all know what “certain segments of the Latino population” she is referring to – the only “segment” who might be concerned with being caught and deported. Sadly I don’t know where this fear originates from because I.C.E. and the border patrol are under orders to catch and release if they even do catch. So why on Earth should illegals fear the Park Rangers?
But just in case they do have their feelings hurt by the sight of a mean old Ranger, the HAF along with other groups and pandering liberal lawmakers are asking Obama to issue an Executive Order for changes to be made.
Among the suggestions are to “assess the cultural implications of existing agency uniforms, offices, signage, and other facilities. For example, the Park Service law-enforcement vehicles look like those used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and uniforms have law enforcement connotations, both of which present a significant impediment to engaging all Americans.”
There is one problem with that statement: “Americans” don’t have a fear of the Park Rangers, or their uniforms, or their vehicles, or the offices, or the signage because as Americans, we have no reason to fear them." Maybe if immigrants who want to come to America would do so the legal way - and they would be welcomed with open arms - they would have no reason to fear either.
It's just a little frustrating to see lawbreakers making demands like this. When our own US Veterans are getting fewer benefits than the average illegal border crosser, it's a little much to take.