Monday, June 26, 2017 by Ethan Huff
Its mission includes proudly defending the environment and “causing no unnecessary harm.” But now that Donald Trump is president, the California-based Patagonia clothing company is singing an entirely different tune, as its CEO shamelessly joins the ranks of the anti-Trump “Resist!” movement because she doesn’t like that the president is considering giving back to the states millions of acres of land that were confiscated by Barack Obama and declared to be “national monuments.”
Needless to say, you won’t find Rose Marcario talking about peace or unity anymore now that President Trump is making important federal decisions rather than Obama (or Hillary). She’s so livid about the president even suggesting that Obama may have severely overstepped constitutional bounds with his massive land grabs that she’s pledge her entire company to join the anti-Trump resistance.
Marcario’s hysteria was triggered by an executive order that President Trump signed back in April that orders the Department of the Interior to review Obama’s actions on national monuments, particularly the “Bears Ears” National Monument in Utah. Most Utahans were against this land grab when Obama declared it, and in its aftermath President Trump declared the move an “egregious abuse of federal power.”
But Marcario disagrees, insisting that the president does not hold the power to make this type of decision (even though he actually does). Her statements in response to the move are nonsensical to the degree that it appears she’s more upset about the fact that President Trump was the one who made the decision, rather than the decision itself.
“We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land,” Marcario wrote in an article published in The Huffington Post. “I don’t have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now.”
In a statement released before her article’s publishing, Marcario demonstrated her inability to even process what President Trump’s executive order entails. By simply ordering a review of how the Obama land grab came to be, the president is seeking to verify its legitimacy and determine whether or not it’s in the best interests of the people affected. But to Marcario, it somehow represents an affront to democracy.
“A president does not have the authority to rescind a national monument,” she erroneously stated. “An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input.”
The irony, of course, is the fact that when Obama declared Bears Ears into existence, he did so without any consideration of the Utahans who would be affected by it. Where was the “review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input,” as Marcario puts it? It was nowhere to be found, it turns out.
At the end of the day, this is all just sour grapes because Marcario doesn’t like President Trump and wants to cause trouble. Instigating a movement of “resistance” amongst her employees and customers while simultaneously claiming that the one she’s resisting is a threat to democracy is beyond ironic. It’s borderline insane, and yet this is how far to the fringes the left-wing elements of society have fallen.
When Marcario thought that Trump would never be president, in other words, it was all about democracy. But now that he actually is the president, it’s all about undermining democracy while claiming to defend it. It makes no sense, but it’s the new normal for angry leftists who, quite frankly, are abandoning all sanity while they simultaneously broadcast this fact to the world.
What the sane elements of society need to do is resist companies like Patagonia that spread this type of toxic venom. It’s one thing to disagree; it’s entirely another thing to “resist” a president and fan the flames of social unrest, which is what Marcario is doing.