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Bull doesn’t always stay where you leave it

Marie Johnson is a Carson Valley rancher.

If you ever see a full grown bull quiet in a pasture you can assume he wants to be there. Or, at least, does not mind being there. You can not keep an adult bull where it does not want to be. So it did not really surprise me when my husband called and asked, “Can you meet me in town? We’ve got to check the bull out of the motel.”

We had sent the bull to town early this fall to stay at some friend’s pasture on the edge of town, until we weaned off our young heifers. We actually expected him to stay there just because we wanted him too. And it wasn’t like he was alone either. There were two other cows with calves with him.

But apparently the bull, bigger than an economy car, just as wide and probably as smart, walked through the wire fence separating him from the local motel. The folks there were nice enough to let us know. We were lucky he did not escape a little more to the east and into the schoolyard next door. That would have made one lively dodgeball game.

So I found the fencing tool, some extra barbed wire from the shop and headed into town. By the time I got there my husband, who had left his desk in town, had the bull back in the field, and was patching up the fence. I took over so he could get back to the job that pays most of our bills. As I twisted wire and cussed tools, the bull walked back over to see how the fence was coming along. He didn’t seem interested in coming back out, so I held some hope he might stay put a few more weeks.

People are kinda like, hopeful. And a little like the bull too. A free individual will usually stay someplace because they want to, or don’t mind being there. But if you put a free, full grown, adult in a place that is uncomfortable, where they feel pinched, cheated, knowing there is a lusher place where they were, not too long ago, they push pretty hard on the fences penning them in.

Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are proof of that. People want jobs and opportunities. And are, to borrow a term from Hunter S. Thompson, mad at the Greed Heads. Who they feel have taken advantage of them and are holding them back. Bailout money, and million dollar bonuses came from tax money paid by workers like you and me, who are now walking the pavement in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Free people pushing against a fence, but not too hard, yet.

Most polls show a majority of people do not accept corporations as “people,” no matter what Mitt Romney says. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are saying business should not have unlimited influence on American government. People want political parties to stop working for goals that only make politicians more money. Instead actually work for the better interests of the real people they are suppose to represent.

Exasperated people, like our bull, will break fences and probably more than once. Just like our bull did. After the phone call of his second escape on that same day, I hitched up the stock trailer, went to town, loaded up the bull and brought him back to the ranch. There is honest work here for him. But I understand free people don’t load well into stock trailers.