In a previous blog (Ray Robinson’s Face Book) the question was recently asked where are the men, the leaders, who will rise up and speak out about the internal issues Indian country faces revolving around wk2, Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, and those wolves among us who call themselves liberators and patriots.
It is a good question, one myself and many others have asked.
But when we talk about where are the men who will stand up we should also ask where are the men in Washington? Where are the men who will set self aggrandizement, political
careers, and their personal convenience aside and step forward to reveal the true inner workings?
Where are the men who will truly serve a nation by doing so, by exposing all the lies, hypocrisy, hidden agendas, and the outright selling of America to corporate and banking interests? It is a slave market where the assets, liberties, and personal welfare of every person are being auctioned off.
Where are the men in the banking industry, Wall Street, Corporate America, and even law enforcement, who will stand up and address the fallacies and shortcomings?
Is there a fear factor in their failure to do so? Is there an oath of silence like the one that exists in AIM? It surely cannot be love of country and patriotism.
Eisenhower did to an extent when leaving office in speaking about the military industrial complex-but he didn’t go far enough.
Jefferson expressed the belief that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies-he also said that every citizen should be a soldier as were the Greeks and Romans.
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.” (Jefferson)
The truth is people are no longer empowered-there may be an illusion of that, but it is nothing more than an illusion.
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” (Jefferson)
How many children are waking up homeless in this the most affluent of all nations? How many more are destined to be? Ask yourself that and then ask yourself why?
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” (Jefferson)
I ask where is the will of the people displayed in in any part of the banking system, of so called stimulus packages, TARP, and the undeniable influence of Corporations and banks in the writing and passage of legislation?
Where is it displayed in the systematic erosion of fundamental rights? A representative government? Indeed it is-but the question is who is it representing?
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” (Jefferson)
Resistance? That is what the Constitution and the Revolutionary War were about. In comparison such tame resistance now as OWS are met with, and blunted by nightsticks, pepperspray, tasers, and arrest and detention.
Indigenous people should take these things to heart even if our counterparts won’t, for we will be dragged along with whatever transpires in this country. And in having nothing to begin with we will have even less.
We are no longer as uneducated and politically naive as we once were-we have an understanding of the Constitution and law now, it became a necessity to do so.
But we are not part of the mainstream-we look in from the outside as though an observer-perhaps there is an advantage from this viewpoint as the pomp and circumstance aren’t embedded in us from birth forward-perhaps as an outside observer we see based on our own experience which way the wind is blowing,and having a long history of being hunters and trackers read the sign more clearly.
We lack the bias of an engrained patriotism that makes allowances, that wants to believe, and will deny and qualify in doing so.
Free speech? Free speech is being made into a liability, a risk to take-thought and word police will define what is acceptable and what is not-welcome to the rez? More like welcome to the hive, where even the resistance of verbal expression is being made futile….and a crime.
A crime against the state, making you an enemy of the state-name an oppressive country, a dictatorship, warlord, a communist nation where this very tactic, this concept of the state in
this context has not been the way of it?
The American Dream, or becoming an American nightmare?
Every person on the net or using a cell phone is subject to eavesdropping and tracking-we are told this is about “national security”, and at the same time told if we change who we are, if we live in fear, alter the way we go about our lives, then “terrorists” have won.
If this is true then it appears as though policy makers are handing victory to them doesn’t it?
I would quote Franklin in response to this approach and ask what is that you think you deserve?
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Yes, to be a man is to speak against abuse, oppression, and tyranny, and so it is a good question to ask, but it is a question to ask on the national level as well.
It is a question for all men to ask of themselves.