There’s a saying that speaks to sleeping giants awakening, this arousal is intended to speak to an ability to galvanize and affect change.
The giant has awakened with the emergence of an across the board tribal unity joined by military veterans to confront the issues at Standing Rock – the times they are a changin’ as Dylan sang.
A change with an air of inevitability about it – nations disenfranchised for centuries and vets whose service was predicated upon a vow to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, many of whom have experienced a disenfranchisement of their own.
And that is exactly what is occurring at Standing Rock, the defense of not only Constitutional rights but treaties long ignored and long violated.
This article speaks to the ability of former military men and women of conscience and the potential they have to strengthen movements and raise national awareness – that’s a good thing, and going forward has numerous implications.
Every indigenous person knows the history of our people and the military – it has been a festering wound for generations, for the moment at least at Standing Rock a new chapter is being written.
Old animosities pale in a unified defense of what is right, what is just, based on a common thread of shared humanity – a diverse voice speaking to a need to address inequities and declaring as Howard Beale did that “I am a human being god damn it”.
A voice the heavy hand of corporate interests, sweetheart deals, and an onslaught of corrupt legislation has attempted to stifle.
Human beings who have the right to prevail over the darkness of corporate greed whether they live in an American gulag with holes in their shoes or wear the olive drab of former military service.
This unity has been one of the finest moments in American history – it is something to build upon going forward.
All people need to understand that silence is consent, all people need to nurture their own humanity and that of others.