Why the killing of Giggles the baby deer is a picture of Barack Obama’s America

GigglesOn Friday, we reported that government agents, armed to the teeth, swooped in like a SWAT team on a no-kill animal shelter near the Wisconsin-Illinois border and killed an inoffensive baby deer named Giggles.

By all accounts, Giggles did nothing wrong and never harmed so much as an apple on a farmer’s tree so far as we know.  But government agents decided that Giggles simply had to die.

According to reports, the baby deer was brought to the shelter by a family concerned that it had been abandoned by its mother.  The shelter took it in, cared for it, fed it and was preparing to take it to a wildlife preserve where, presumably, it would live a happy life.

But the government had other ideas and spent God-knows how much time, effort and money in a near-military operation compete with aerial surveillance.

I can almost hear the conversation.

“Red Leader, this is Red One.  Subject Giggles in sight.”

“Copy that, Red One.  What’s your sitrep?”

“Subject Giggles chewing cud, Red Leader.  I say again, Giggles chewing cud.”

“Chewing cud.  Copy that Red One.”

According to WISN, the warrant obtained by authorities even included aerial photos of the deer.  There was no hearing, and no due process according to all reports.

But the stage was set.

About two weeks ago, law enforcement authorities moved in, corralled the employees, searched for the deer, tranquilized it, bagged it and carted it off for its execution.

According to state law, agents are authorized to kill wildlife in captivity, but a simple visit by a game warden would probably have sufficed.  The shelter might have gotten a ticket, but the deer would probably still be alive and quite possibly at its new home and the shelter spared the trauma of armed government agents swarming through the facility.

Why go through all the mechanics of aerial surveillance and a military operation only to kill a harmless baby deer?

Why make such a fuss over a deer?  And why say it presents a picture of America under Obama?

The answer is simple.

Under Obama’s administration, America has practically become a police state where individual rights are constantly being eroded.  Try getting on an airplane these days.

Hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition has been purchased by almost every federal agency known to exist.  Homeland Security has even purchased some 7,000 automatic rifles similar to the AR-15.

We have become a country where one’s political views can spark additional scrutiny by the federal government and heaven help you if you disagree with Obama.

Not only will you be called a racist or a traitor (or both), you could find your livelihood affected.

Consider Dr. Barbara Bellar, who said she lost her job at Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., for opposing Obamacare, or the story of Terrence Lee Lakin, who was reportedly denied a license to practice medicine in Kansas because he questioned Obama’s birth certificate.

We have also become a country where a government agency says our bodies are drugs that can be regulated.

So it’s not too surprising that in Obama’s America, a harmless, inoffensive baby deer can be tranquilized, carted away and killed for no reason whatsoever.

The shelter says it intends to sue the DNR for taking the animal without a hearing.

If that’s what it takes to restore some semblance of Constitutional freedom, then maybe Giggles didn’t die in vain.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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