5 comments on “WHERE ARE THE MEN ?

  1. If history is our guide, then the answers will not be found,and solutions will not be rendered, by depending on fatcat bureaucrats and politicians in Washington; they’re a large part of the reason we got in this mess, and a small part of getting us out.

  2. In truth I see them as no part of the solution-I believe them to all be “owned”
    to one degree or another-and I further believe as it has been said that if we
    don’t learn the lessons of history we will repeat them.
    In furtherance of my point this is the very expression of free speech
    that could soon lead to people being indefinitely detained without benefit
    of any redress.
    No Habeas Corpus, no day in court, not even the right to face your accusers.
    The ship of state is floundering, and apparently these “fatcat ” bureaucrats and
    politicians you mention could care less.
    It is an election cycle once again and we will be buried under a deluge of
    rhetoric and promises. We will be told what it is the candidates think we
    want to hear, what will resonate long enough to cast a ballot, then it will
    be business as usual.
    We will be told how an agreement like NAFTA will benefit all, create countless
    jobs, and in general elevate the nation and the people. In retrospect now we see
    it has had a devastating impact-jobs lost and exported to cheap labor markets.
    Factories, mills,businesses, who could not compete, shuttered, and baring
    silent testimony to the pursuit of unfettered greed.
    Cheap, toxic, foreign products-like sheetrock, infant formula, even toys
    coated with lead for the children of this nation to play with. Baseless wars
    fought on foreign soil predicated on lies of wmds at the cost of thousands
    of lives, and untold billions and billions of dollars.
    We are told it is a matter of national security, and the biggest lie- it is about
    nation building.
    Nation building while this nations infrastructure falls apart, while the national
    debt soars to new heights that can only lead to a devaluation of the dollar, a
    lowering of the standard of living, and increased homelessness and poverty.
    Nation building, while schools and the quality of education nose dive, and the
    time and cost required to make an appointment to see a doctor increases, even
    as big pharma requires an extra wheelbarrow to carry their profits to the bank.
    It isn’t about nation building in these foreign countries- it is about influence,
    resources,”stability”, and owning. It is always about the perception however
    wrong it is of what is in the best interests of this country first and foremost.
    There is a quote attributed to both FDR and Truman, I can’t verify it’s accuracy
    but I believe it cuts to the core-it is said that in discussing Somoza (a Nicaraguan tyrant) either FDR or Truman said in response to Somoza being called a
    sonofabitch, “yes, he is a sonofabitch-but he is OUR sonofabitch”.
    That in a nutshell is in large part the cause of the current problems in Iran, this country installed and backed the Shah-he was OUR sonofabitch-and his reign of terror has not been forgotten by the Iranians.

    The flag will festoon every campaign stop and the national nominating events.
    Patriotic themes will be played accompanied by chants of USA, USA-the faithful
    will wear funny hats and toss balloons and confetti about in an unwitting
    celebration of what has been lost, and what is being lost.
    Yes the issues we face as indigenous people are real, and they are reflective
    of the issues this country faces. Is it possible to effect a reversal of our course
    as indigenous people? We better hope so, and we would be well advised to get
    about the business of doing so- as history IS a guide, and those who forget it
    will perpetuate it’s repetition.

  3. Auntie-as a people we have a great wealth of wisdom, a reservoir that
    stretches back to our very beginnings, but it is a well we increasingly
    fail to visit save for youtube videos and websites.
    I have learned there is a wealth of global wisdom, and not all of it
    originating among indigenous people.
    Some years ago I became familiar with Bertrand Russell, and a great deal
    of what he had to say resonates with me-I’d like to provide a sample in
    the below quotes:

    ” Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”

    “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin —
    more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary,
    destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell
    and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the
    world, and the chief glory of man.”

    “Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles
    of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be
    restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”

    “What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which
    is the exact opposite.”

    And one of my favorites-“The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout
    its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as
    to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken”

    AIM, Russell, Banks, Crow Dog, Clyde and Vernon, etal, have fed us lies for
    years, in the process they have wrung the necks of the nations, just as
    this country is wringing the necks of it’s citizens.

  4. These words made this one Bertrand Russell has said as if an elder had
    spoke them. Many are making the good questions and the good answer
    and it is a thing to think about.

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