“The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes especially meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States, its security and its culture.”
I sometimes wonder what treaties the United States has kept not just with the nations but globally as well?
How many have they “abrogated” as a matter of convenience?
The answer related to treaties the U.S. entered into with the indigenous nations of this country as far as being kept is none.
Treaties as defined by the Supreme Court are said to be “the supreme law of the land” – a sentiment the current president echoed on at least one occasion – but administrative talk has historically been rhetorical rather than substantive.
In 1903 while hearing the case Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock the SC ruled that treaties between the government and the nations could be abrogated – in truth the ruling was merely icing on the cake of greed and deception as the practice of abrogation was already well in hand and demonstrates that little if anything is actually “supreme”.
“rules are made to broken” – I’m not familiar with the origin of that saying but it certainly appears as though it has become something of a governmental axiom when laws and rights are routinely broken and violated.
Strange isn’t it that in the midst of the laws being broken and the rights being violated associated with the “ official” approach being taken against protesters at Standing Rock that just recently the efforts of Eloise Cobell (Yellow Bird Woman) have been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This “freedom” medal is the highest medal that can be awarded to a civilian, as such it is only fitting that Cobell received the award, though posthumously.
A part of the citation recognized Cobell’s pursuit of justice and the recovery of land for her people, the Blackfeet, and all the nations.
Isn’t that what the struggle at Standing Rock is about, justice?
In lieu of freedom medals rubber bullets and water cannons are being dispensed – predicated not on anything that will actually benefit this nation but singularly on corporate greed while the country is told this is in line with a America, “ a nation of laws”.
A young woman having suffered injury to her arm due a concussion grenade is in danger of having it amputated, stitches to the scalp and other wounds are becoming the norm, cold weather, tension, deprivation, and being blasted by water cannons have induced at least one heart attack among the elderly.
Is this young woman to be seen as acceptable “collateral damage” much the same as non combatant casualties among men, women, and children victimized by drone strikes in foreign wars?
Are women to be seen as viable fragging targets?
Will Energy Transfer Partners proclaim this is a just war that they are conducting and god is on their side as governments always do during war time?
And so I ask is this what the rule of law is, is that what justice and “nation to nation” negotiations looks like?
What will be the response when a man who has said he will bring back waterboarding and even more egregious “interrogation” techniques takes office?
A man who has said that the entire families of terrorists composed of men, women, and children should be killed?