Facts don’t matter. Despite not a shred of evidence in support, Secure Arkansas’s Jeannie Burlsworth, the state’s leading anti-government conspiracy crank; assorted Quorum Courts; Dr. No Boozman and a growing contingent of Republican politicos have decided that the White River blueway program is a land grab rather than a garden variety conservation program with money available for voluntary participants in various sorts of projects.
Fox News’ wannabe-Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, put Burlsworth on the air today on her latest crusade.
Who’s next? Debbie Pelly?
In fact: Has anybody yet suggested that this blueway is really about turning the river into one of those communistic bicycle paths that Debbie is so worried about?
It wasn’t so long ago — January — that U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, among others, was joining that dangerous Nature Conservancy in touting the benefits of this program.
Huckabee parroted Burlsworth’s nonsense that local officials weren’t involved. You’ll see from the news release in January that heads of the state Game and Fish and Parks agencies were among those on hand for the rollout. Also, many local officials were on hand for this event.
Huckabee calls the blueways program “absurd” without naming one specific ill.
The Huckster and Burlsworth recall fondly the uprising against the biosphere project, another conspiracy theory wet dream built on anxiety and supposition and government hatred, not facts. Cue the black helicopters.