I may have to lighten up on the coffee as blog topics keeping bouncing around my head, and once I begin transcribing them feel obliged to post them, no doubt an irritation for some. So I’m posting this and then stepping away from the coffee pot.
I’ve blogged about allodial titles in the past, discussed it with a few people including a couple of attorneys, one tribal and one whose currently practicing real estate law.
Opinions have varied but it is a concept I continue to revisit when lost in thought – I think a basis exists for advancing such when due consideration is given to the manner in which the nations have either lost or ceded land.
No reasoned argument can be advanced that it was just or of a freewill and informed nature when factoring in coercion or the barriers language and cultural differences make.
The gist of allodial claims is defending and occupation – we certainly did our best to defend what was ours and to maintain a generational occupation, the fact that we were in large measure unable to retain ownership as the result of an overwhelming genocidal force in no way should impede or influence any decisions that might be rendered by the courts if such claims were advanced.
The reality is we will never recover what was ours, maybe a piece here and there but that will be the grudging extent of it – and ultimately something we have been consigned to live with and will have to continue doing so.
This land, this country we inhabit is no longer recognizable in the way we historically knew it.
Concrete, steel, and the vested interests of government, corporations, and even those of individuals abound, interests that do not lend themselves to righting wrongs or the equitable distribution of anything.
In fact such talk of an equitable distribution is immediately attacked as being socialist or
communist in nature while overlooking the reality that “social programs” like SSI qualify as a form of socialism.
More wealth, more influence, more power has accumulated at the top than at any time previously in this countries or that of the worlds history – it is a glaring inequity that destroys what has been the strength of a nation and an engine of relative well being….the middle class.
As the middle class goes the ranks of those in poverty rise as does the wealth of of a miniscule percentage, can a greater socio economic depravity be found? If so I’d like to hear about it as the process taken while not producing the immediate effects of a blunt force trauma are insidious in nature, eventuating in a gradual decline – probably in the hope that in being incremental the erosion of acceptance will take place.
The miseries inflicted by this depravity increase geometrically in relationship to ethnicity and how that translates to minority populations – the smaller they are the less significance they are given, the less voice they have, the less input.
Name it and such minorities have less of whatever it is with the exception of misery.
The approach has been to “warehouse” the disenfranchised in inner city areas ceded to them and referred to as ghettos, in the suburban environment, if one could call it that, this warehousing has taken the form of reservations – both vehicles of containment in their own right.
The WASP rule of dominance is coming to a righting of the scales, and will reach a point when the poor whose ranks have been swelled by a declining middle class will become the majority population….if they haven’t achieved this dubious distinction already.
When that day arrives it will interesting to see the approach taken by those of wealth, power, and influence – the extent they will be willing to go to when it comes to maintaining the “privilege” they believe is their’s.
We’ve seen a glimpse of this in the way dissenters like the Occupy movement, the United Farm Workers led by a diminutive giant named Caesar Chavez, and the “Okies” in their migration and resettlement to California during the Dust Bowl were treated – the way in which new ordinances and “laws” have been cobbled together to suppress them.
It doesn’t bode well and puts the lie to those who look away and say this country is different, that such things cannot happen here…. and yet they have, from the Veterans Bonus Camp in D.C. to the fields of California, to Kent State, Wall Street, the rez, Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, the Japanese internment camps during WW2, and every point in between when the status quo is thought to be questioned, when they have perceived anything they considered to be a threat.
This country is in a talking mode, wannabe experts and pundits have an endless variety of “solutions” to offer while sitting on their ass and doing nothing more to effect a meaningful change, while politicians offer endless speeches featuring what they refer to as the “least erroneous” of truths.
While I am not advocating for insurrection I am saying if all a person has to offer is opinions and the callouses on their butt from inactivity the only the cause they have furthered is that of listening to their own voice.
People need to engage, to become involved in local and national issues rather than merely going along for the ride. They need to remember the task of government is to serve every segment of the population, not just a select few.
That the richest person is in this country is no better than the poorest, no politician, not a single one, better than a ditch digger or a home maker, the best educated no better than the least – that the value of an individual is not predicated on the color of their skin – that all children deserve an equal opportunity, food on the table, clothes on their back, shoes on their feet, a quality education,and the stability of a decent home and environment in which to grow up in.
A Utopian ideal, or an element that should define “civilization” ?