6 comments on “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

    • Chevron like all mega corps operates beyond any moral or ethical
      standard, and I fully support any effort to hold all of them
      accountable.
      But it goes beyond that to include governments that facilitate
      them- the legislation they will produce or the blind eye they
      will turn.
      It may take intervention by the U.N.but will only work I think
      if they resist passing a “non binding resolution” as they seem
      inclined to do and a mandate exists that includes the participation of
      an entity like the World Court with full investigative powers,
      and the ability to impose sanctions and prosecute.
      That would require all nations agreeing to the principle-which
      probably wouldn’t happen.
      Any politician, any government attempting to obstruct, or found to
      be accepting bribes should hauled before that same court.
      A major issue is if something isn’t going on in a persons own
      backyard the attention span is often short-that allows
      corporations something of a freehand.
      There’s an organization by the name of aavaz that has great
      success in mounting petition drives addressing such issues,
      and changing things in real time.
      They often collect signatures in the hundreds of thousands and
      even millions-takes a minimum of effort to “sign” one on the net.
      Thanks for the link-hopefully others will follow it, educate
      themselves, and get involved.

  1. yes we have heard his the more to change the more to stay the
    same, and the sad thing it is when to look at this picture of this
    little one.

    • Yes it is sad M,J,S, and N- but it should speak to the responsibility
      of all to insure that this child and all children have a secure future.

  2. I agree with much of what’s presented but believe that a straight out analogy between the Holocaust and Nazi barbarism to Manifest Destiny is stretching the point. The Jews, gypsies, mentally impaired, homosexuals, etc., etc., were an anathema to the Hitler, Et. Al.’s twisted views of Aryan supremacy and not the wholesale slaughter of indigenous minorities.

    Thirteen years ago (4/30/2000) I wrote and posted this:

    Correcting Wrongs of the Past 
Anyone who has even a basic understanding of the history and plight of Native Americans recognizes their terrible treatment at the hands of the U.S. Government. That history cannot be altered. Nothing can change the broken promises and treaties and subjugation of the first peoples to inhabit this continent. It is easy to understand how and why The Spirit of Crazy Horse, fostered by four hundred years of distrust, prevails. Viewing an event like the shooting at Pine Ridge on June 26, 1975, from these divergent perspectives, provides dissimilar accounts of what exactly may have happened. It is crucially important to carefully measure the words and deeds of those involved to form an accurate composite of the event. It is in this spirit, searching for that factual common ground, that the June 26, 1975 incident is presented to the concerned reader to engender an understanding of that day.

    Added to the site, not long after, was the following quote:

    “It’s not difficult to separate truth from falsehood. It is totally irresponsible to state that the United States pursued a policy of genocide toward the Indians, to cite the Washita as an example. The United States did not follow a policy of genocide; it did try to find a just solution to the Indian problem. The consistent idea was to civilize the Indians, incorporate them into the community, make them part of the melting pot. That it did not work, that it was foolish, conceited, even criminal, may be true, but that doesn’t turn a well-meant program into genocide (Stephen Ambrose).”

    The key words being, foolish, conceited and even criminal.

    Just offering an opinion on that point.

    (I’ll be gone for the next week and won’t be able to respond, if one is needed.)

    • I like you have done with the contents of this particular blog
      will agree in part with your response-but……….

      “It’s not difficult to separate truth from falsehood. It is totally irresponsible to state
      that the United States pursued a policy of genocide toward the Indians, to cite the
      Washita as an example. The United States did not follow a policy of genocide; it did try
      to find a just solution to the Indian problem. The consistent idea was to civilize the
      Indians, incorporate them into the community, make them part of the melting pot. That it
      did not work, that it was foolish, conceited, even criminal, may be true, but that doesn’t
      turn a well-meant program into genocide (Stephen Ambrose).”

      Neither is it difficult to view the hundreds of treaties, what motivated them, and the
      constant violation of them. Doesn’t speak to me of an attempt to “civilize” what were
      already a civilized people. It speaks to a great arrogance- a sense of superiority, and
      a Christian doctrine.
      The sheer number of victims beginning with the first boat landing, the concept of
      Manifest Destiny, government greed, and Papal Bulls cannot be classified as anything
      other than genocidal whether it was referred to in that manner or not.
      The consistent idea was to rip our heritage, our language, our children, traditions,
      and land from us and kill anyone who stood in the way, something that was deliberately
      pursued.
      Neither can it be forgotten in this age of Homeland security that was what we were
      attempting to do-to defend the homeland that was ours.
      We didn’t come here attempting to own everything, to cheat, steal, or subjugate anyone.
      While the Jews, gypsies,mentally impaired,homosexuals, etc etc were anathema to Hitler
      we too have been viewed as anathema to the conquest and westward march of a resource
      laden land and what has been referred to as a process of “civilization”.
      Well meant programs don’t bash the heads of infants against trees or boulders, it doesn’t
      rape, gut,and mutilate women. And it surely doesn’t confine a people to designated tracts
      of land that are continually reduced in size or exploited.
      Ambrose can offer whatever explanations or mea culpas he likes-but the facts remain, and
      we are all too familiar with them. I find it interesting that Ambrose tepidly allows that
      the reality “may be true”. This attempt to “incorporate” the nations into the “melting pot”
      was almost singularly characterized by the use of force and an attempt to starve the nations
      into submission by decimating the buffalo herds.

      “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of
      your own choosing.”
      ― George Orwell, 1984

      Which is exactly what has been attempted with the nations.

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