Ethics endangered in Republican Congress

Illustration by Jesse O. Walls | Photographer

Illustration by Jesse O. Walls | Photographer

Jesse O. Walls

Republican prejudice runs deep in modern-day politics as their ethics seem to decline to near extinction. Over the past couple of months they have reared their ugly heads to promote freedom of speech when it comes to racism and bigotry, to complain about a Super Bowl ad that promoted diversity in America, and now they wish to attack the endangered species act.

The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to help protect species that were at risk of becoming extinct, but 13 GOP lawmakers have proposed a reform to the federal law, according to an article by Mathew Brown for the Associated Press.

“The biggest problem is that the Endangered Species Act is not recovering species,” said Rep.  Norman Hastings, R-Wash, in the article. “The way the act was written, there is more of an effort to list [species as endangered or threatened] than to delist.”

Republicans, whose first interest is money, feel the act limits expansion and business growth. The desire to destroy an ecosystem and endanger a life is menial to their pursuit for fatter bank accounts in corporate America. Destruction is progress, death is progress, as long as it is for the greater good—richer businessman who rape and pillage Mother Nature for the sake of their wallets.

More than 1,519 species of plants and animals are protected under the act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Even our nation’s official bird, the bald eagle, was once on the list, only recently having been removed in 2007 after decades of being close to extinction. And for decades Republicans have been looking out for the interest of wealthy businessmen, challenging the act throughout its history.

Imagine a nation without the Endangered Species Act, where people are allowed to shoot and kill animals without question, pillage and destroy ecosystems without a second thought. Imagine our nation without its national emblem, the bald eagle.  If the GOP gets to reform the act, what consequences will there be—what animals and plant life will our children’s children be without? Progress can not be stopped, but it can be limited, and to live in a healthier, beautiful America, we must learn to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Our world is something that can not happen twice, and the abuse we give it today will be reflected in tomorrow.

For more information on the Endangered Species Act and a list of endangered species, visit