by: the Common Constitutionalist
National Parks, originally known as Federal Reserves, have been in existence for well over 100 years with the first recognized in 1872 – that being Yellowstone, or Jellystone for you Yogi and Boo Boo enthusiasts. Back then there was really no one to look after the park – no National Park Service – no Park Rangers.
In 1886 Congress decided to charge the military with the task of overlooking and protecting Yellowstone, but they were not really equipped or trained to do the job properly. Park service demanded a different set of skills and knowledge that soldiers did not possess, not to mention that it took away from the military training these soldiers actually needed.
On August 25, 1916, the Park Ranger Service was born, which means their centennial is just around the corner. Prior to the military influence, 1872 -1886, those who loosely patrolled Yellowstone dressed in civilian attire, but since 1886, those who have looked after our National Parks have always been in uniform. And up until recently, this has been just fine.
But then again, many things have been just fine until the relatively recent rise of blubbering, over-sensitive leftism. Nowadays, there is almost nothing that won’t somehow offend a helpless liberal flower or a protected group – and it seems the Park Rangers have done just that.