I just find it interesting that you're so willing to condemn and broadstroke one group of public land users (ranchers) but then vigorously defend another group (mountain bikers).Haha. Struck a nerve I see. Yeah, I have no idea of the issue from “their” perspective. Lol.
No one is advocating for eliminating ranching on public lands. Only pointing out that the concept of wilderness is in direct conflict with livestock.
And that our public lands shouldn’t have their value pegged to the fees paid by one user group -without offering those same lands at the same price to other users. If ranchers had to pay a true market price, then our lands wouldn’t get raped for pennies on the dollar- unless that was what they were actually worth.
By your own admission, you have no idea what ranchers have to go through in order to stay financially viable in their line of work, so I'm not sure how you're qualified to comment on their land usage fees and "fair" market prices.
And as for "rape" of the land (a term that you throw around far too casually), I promise you that the purchase of your mobile phone or vehicle did far more to damage to the landscape (albeit on another continent) than did some public land grazing operation on this continent. People need to gain a little bit of perspective before they decide to get self-righteous.