Sec Zinke, Dept of the Interior, (retired Navy CMDR and SEAL) gets it. He knows he is entrusted with preserving America's Heritage and his actions and words speak to that belief.
This is a great read. Some samples.
1:14 p.m.: An officer asks Zinke if he wants to see the rooftop of the memorial. Zinke gives him an enthusiastic “yes” but says he has to do something first. The secretary walks out to the front of the building, stopping to help a few of the officers shovel snow.
He looks down at the waiting tourists and proceeds to cross the tape, introducing himself to two stunned, female tourists. Zinke asks the bewildered mother and daughter if they want to join him on the rooftop of the memorial. They nod.
On Lee Hall at Arlington National Cemetery:
“If you look at the condition of the house, it's terrible. It should never have devolved to the state it's in. This is hallowed ground. Enormously important to American history. You would never let your house devolve into this condition. I've seen the neglect of battlefields before and it always irritated me. Now I'm in charge. The buck stops at my desk.”
He's adopted TR's philosophy for his own:
'For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.'
On living in DC:
“It's fine. Where you get in trouble is when D.C. becomes normal. This place is not normal. The people in it, and how it runs, is not normal. You should never lose the perspective of where you come from.”
It's so damned refreshing for a public official to understand he is supposed to work for the people.
He is what we consider normal in Montana. Another interesting tidbit about Zinke is he has an aura about him like he really could rip your heart out stuff it in his pocket and carry on like nothing happened. The guy is the kind of guy we want in office. My biggest fear is the seat he gave up will be filled by a liberal as the democratic nominee for his seat is a lib.
I hope that he advocates the removal of Obama's "wilderness" edicts which removed millions of acres from recreational access and clears the Interior dept of Obama moles.
I read somewhere the Trump Admin is looking to undo all those wilderness edicts. Also that Zinke thinks that DoI lands should be opened up to hunters, fishermen, and off road vehicle activities for all Americans to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised he include ORV in the mix.