It is probable that William Perry Pendley, whatever his motives, performs a valuable service to our nation. He was a captain in the Marine Corps, and his endless battle with our government may well have positive effects. (Government, at any level, needs to be watchdogged and kept relentlessly in check. He is also a Second Amendment defender.) We may or may not agree with him on issues related to conservation, but debate, gadflies, conflict, passionate defense, and argument are the welcome symptoms of a healthy democratic republic. I will never agree with him that the American public lands are not the greatest idea we ever came up with, or that these lands are not the essence of our freedom, but I wholeheartedly respect his right to voice his opinion about them.