Roy Exum: Transparency & The ‘Lick’

Friday, August 12, 2016 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum
The disgraceful “Dirty Lick” crowd of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry already knows its one-way ticket on the next Titanic has all but been punched. The Obama administration, by virtue of an executive order, is on an iceberg course to rid the scandalous industry of pads, action devices and pressure shoes that – always combined with clearly sadistic soring -- force the helpless breed to lift their excruciatingly painful forelegs in a grotesque manner so the horses will do an unnatural dance called “The Big Lick.”
Understand, the majority of Congress and the Senate have co-sponsored pending legislation to alter the Horse Protection Act, but with the “Dirty Lick” heavily contributing to every Republican congress member and senator in the state where the illegal torture is most abused and most overlooked, let’s just say cash often can make our government a huge joke.
Tennessee Republicans can’t be bought, it is said, but you can rent them short or lease them long, dependent on your whim.
Earlier this week a textbook chapter on gamesmanship went on a five-hour parade in Murfreesboro. The USDA held a hearing over the proposed changes towards decency and the Dirty Lickers acted exactly as everyone hoped – the government officials were slighted, yelled down, mocked, accused, berated, insulted, and scorned by the loathsome cheaters in a way not a one of the slime will ever get to heaven.
My lands, it was worse than a Trump riot and exactly what the Obama regime wanted in order to serve a “very cold” dish of revenge when the outgoing president hands the Tennessee Republicans the biggest back-handed slap the horsemen of the world could ever hope for. (Wake up, Dilbert, the Dirty Lick is simply Obama’s ideal messenger, especially with the GOP so deeply mired in the muck.)
Now, in the name of “open transparency,” I am going to show you exactly how blatantly stupid those who represent you in Washington truly are. This will also illustrate how amazingly naïve they believe Mr. Obama and his crowd are, this after the Democrats have led those who should have been representing us for the last 7 ½ years around by their pointy little earlobes.
Far worse --- and here is the key – these same callous Republicans are trying to get re-elected on what? This Tuesday, November 8th of course, why do you ask?
Just this: what you are getting ready to read just appeared in the dirty lick’s newsletter, “The Walking Horse Report.” Published by Dirty Lick czar David Howard, let me share this missive exactly as it appeared but, just like the Obama administration most assuredly will, keep the date November 8th in the back of your mind because it is the one thing you won’t see in Howard’s cunning notice:
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“The USDA proposed a rule to amend the Horse Protection Act on July 26, 2016.  The rule would devastate the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, along with the Racking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse and other related breeds.  The proposed rule would eliminate Horse Industry Organizations and put in place a system of USDA certified and licensed inspectors driving the cost up substantially on show management.  The rule would also ban the use of pads, action devices and hoof bands.
“Because of the devastating nature of the rule to the citizens and economies of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia, representatives of those states sent a request to USDA seeking a 60-day extension to the comment period.  The current comment period ends on September 26, 2016.  If the extension were granted by USDA, the comment period would go through November 26, 2016. (Wink! Wink!) The letter also stated as a reason for the request, ‘APHIS had little, if any, contact, with members of the industry in an effort to develop the proposed rules before their publication.’"
“The members (of Congress) signing the letter included Scott DesJarlais, Marsha Blackburn, Diane Black, John Duncan, Stephen Fincher, Phil Roe and Chuck Fleischmann from Tennessee.  Andy Barr and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers signed on from Kentucky and Bob Goodlatte did so from Virginia.”
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That, my friend, is the most transparent and the most damning document the Dirty Lick could possibly devise and the most embarrassing collection of signatures before any general election in the state’s history.
Sit down with your pre-schooler and you neighbor’s kindergarten twins and say, “Do you think the USDA will give Obama six weeks before the election to prepare and sign the Executive Order or do you think POTUS will walk around in the Rose Garden until 2 ½ weeks after the election? Hmmmm?” My merciful Father in heaven!
To assert the APHIS has had “little, if any contact” with the Dirty Lick is absolutely ludicrous – how about at every big horse show where the USDA sees clear and irrefutable evidence of constant and continued soring.
The Lickers, in open defiance and with repulsive disregard for the horse, have had a Civil War relationship with the federal Horse Protection Act keepers since it was penned in 1970. The whole of the United States has watched aghast as the abuse of the Tennessee Walker, much aided by Tennesseans who literally sit in Congress we have since learned, has become the biggest blight in the nation whenever animal cruelty is mentioned in any way.
So, yes sir, Mr. Obama will receive the loudest cheers of his two terms in the White House when he signs the most deserved Executive Order this nation and its most heralded horse has ever deserved, just as the cheaters deserve all and more that can and hopefully will befall them.
But try to answer me this without cracking up: Do you really … really think ole Chuck Fleischmann, the despicable DesJarlais, and the other Republicans with the dark hearts are going to slide a 60-day extension past the Obama crowd? To hear it told, the GOPs have proven time and time again in recent years to be mere amateurs going up against the White House professionals.
What millions of sound horse lovers  wouldn’t give to see Barack Obama do the Dirty Lick in on his way out. If only we could whip some of the money-changers out with him ….

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