Several hundred Fairbanksans unhappy with what they see as overwhelming federal intrusion in their lives showed up at Wednesday's "Fed Up With the Fed" rally. There was plenty of camo in the crowd, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, along with some Nazi-themed imagery and rhetoric. The rally was organized by the local chapter of a national hunting and fishing organization, largely to protest the arrest last summer by park service rangers of 71-year-old Jim Wilde after a heated encounter on the Yukon River. Wilde was at the rally accepting donations for his legal defense.
Those who arrived early received a National Park Service bumper sticker with two red swastikas on it a man was handing out.
Dianne Marshall, 53, didn't get a bumper sticker but she wore a T-shirt with a National Park Service logo and read "Nazi Police State."
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, both of whom spoke at the rally, received cheers from the crowd for their derisive comments about federal intervention in Alaska. They autographed the back of Marshall's shirt.
"Everywhere you turn around the federal government is entangled," [Marshall] said when asked what brought her to the rally.
Marshall was even upset that during a visit to Denali National Park she saw an officer she identified as a park ranger carrying a gun and wearing a bulletproof vest. "You feel like you're guilty of something when you're just taking pictures," Marshall said.
Young promised to try to defund Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, where Wilde was arrested. But others in attendance were concerned about lots more than that incident.
Calling himself "a real American," Fairbanks dentist Jay Hughes rattled off a list of reasons he was fed up. "I don't like the feds imposing fish and game laws. I don't like them controlling the Yukon River when the state should be controlling navigable waters. I don't like what they did to Jim Wilde. I don't want Obamacare. I'm tired of my tax rates."
Read more at the News-Miner.