There's a push in the U.S. Senate to make the bison, which is commonly known as the American buffalo, the official national mammal.Wait! The Senate hasn't passed a budget in over three years, but more than one of them thinks we should be focusing on an appropriate national mammal?? Exactly how many years has the Republic survived without a "national mammal"? When was the last time you stood in a grocery store or unemployment office line and overheard someone bemoaning the fact the the US didn't designate a national mammal? Is there some new bison crisis we haven't heard about? What exactly would this designation do for the bison?
The National Bison Legacy Act introduced in the Senate is backed by lawmakers from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island. The largely symbolic measure would provide no added protections for the estimated 20,000 wild bison in North America. And the bald eagle would still hold a somewhat loftier role as the national emblem, as declared by the Second Continental Congress in 1782. But supporters said the bison legacy bill would afford overdue recognition to a species that has sweeping cultural and ecological significance. Bison — North America's largest land animal — already appear on two state flags and the official seal of the U.S. Department of Interior.(Emphasis mine) So, instead of focusing on unemployment, or the Constitutional required budget, or energy self sufficiency, Guantanamo, the War of Terror or any of the other problems pressing our nation today, the Senate wants to waste time on a symbolic gesture, designed to bolster the bison's self esteem????? It won't make two hoots in Hades 100 years from now whether or not we had a national mammal. It might make a difference 100 years from now, whether or not we still have a country, not passing a national budget. Priorities, people! Do the heavy lifting first, then sit around in your comfortable chairs as to how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or how many pin heads it takes to pass a national bison legacy. Update : Maybe they could just name a street after them. It worked for Pelosi! UpdateII : A commenter inspired me to look. In California we have a: State Animal State Bird State Color State Dance State Fife and Drum Corps State Fish State Flag State Flower State Folk Dance State Fossil* State Gemstone State Gold Rush Ghost Town State Grass State Historical Society State Insect State Marine Fish State Marine Mammal State Military Museum State Mineral State Motto State Nickname State Prehistoric Artifact State Quarter State Reptile State Rock State Seal State Silver Rush Ghost Town State Soil State Song State Tall Ship State Tartan State Theater State Tree Because California is solvent and has no troubles whatsoever of importance to deal with! *May or may not be Jerry Brown! Cross posted at Proof Positive