I believe it will present something of a quandry for them-not a lot of options as I see it. I suppose they can attempt to continue on under the guise of some posthumous “exoneration” but I don’t think the numbers or money will be there.
They can switch allegiance and attempt to work the same game with Graham, or they can just fold up, go away, and find a different cow to milk in the hopes the herd will follow them.
Initially I believe there will be some profit taking when Peltier moves on, but I don’t see it as being sustainable -and if the money isn’t there the “devotion/dedication” will decline in direct proportion to that-after all this has become something of a free market enterprise -Peltier has been commodified, and like all commodities it is about supply and demand.
Profit taking probably in the form of a book or two or three-“limited edition collector prints”- and other assorted paraphenalia -maybe even introduce a new product line of keychains and bobbleheads, or a dashboard figure of Peltier that glows in the dark like some of those Catholic things.
I wouldn’t be surprised if a contingency plan has already been drawn up to pave the transition -as it’s pretty much like Peltier said-his release is something like 2040 and “I don’t think I’ll make it”.
That may be the truest thing he has ever said.
I’m not at all convinced that everyone who champions him believes he will be released, or even for that matter is innocent-but it is a game of three card Monte that has proven to be lucrative and as long as one is born every minute as P.T. Barnum said the game will continue.
However it eventuates I’m confident there will be a lot of associated theater and drama -the “boys” will be there making themselves as conspicuous as possible with a lot of high talk, probably secretly relieved the potential threat to them he posed no longer exists, at least from his quarter.
Could be too after a “respectful” period of time has elapsed the “boys” may attempt to subtly shift some blame his way, though that could be high risk-but it seems to be the AIM way when somebody goes down-kind of that “no honor among…..(add word of choice) thing.”
Seems like any time I mention Peltier or even allude to the fact that he is mortal with a finite number of years as is the case with all of us it sets the heads of his accolytes spinning ala Linda Blair in the Exorcist -so I kind of anticipate the same in expressing this opinion-might do them a little good though, kind of an aerobics exercise, clear their head a little, if you will.
Been thinking about this after posting it and wanted to add the below:
Peltier is prone to do the drama queen thing with the attempts on his life routine, but as long as it is by the numbers and scripted I’d like to suggest an alternate scenario.
A scenario that asks the questions if the feds wanted to take him out how is it they haven’t been able to in the midst of what is often a violent environment?
What about when he escaped -wasn’t that a golden opportunity? Or how about dying as the result of anesthesia during surgery? That isn’t so uncommon. Maybe a heart attack or diabetes related stroke.
Maybe these “attempts” on his life came from those who have reason to fear that he might at some point elect to tell the truth about AIM and all related events? After all they didn’t hesitate to take out Annie when a little fear gripped their “warrior” hearts.
I mean think about it-in such an event the suspects have already been named prior to the commission of the act itself-the suspects, that would be the feds, and the perfect alibi that no one other than the feds would be in proximity.
With his incessant pleas for help following a beat down(s) and the braggadocio of receiving a “heroes” welcome upon returning to his alma mater it gets a little confusing doesn’t it?
But as his adoring fans are so prone to dispense all manner of conspiracy and dark plot theories I feel pretty comfortable in offering up the same.
The Standing Deer tale-now how laughable is that-an imprisoned man who betrays his handlers and not only lives to tell about it but in time gains his freedom? Yeah-I’m buying that and the entire men in black routine.
Hey, maybe Peltier really was taken out and what we see is a double- a bone tossed to the devotees. Think about it.