All things considered I’m inclined to believe that even among his supporters only a minority continue to believe Peltier is innocent.
They are of course obliged if pressed to say he is, but as time has passed more has come to light and that coupled with his many verbal miscues have made it increasingly difficult to do so.
The emphasis now seems to be the amount of time Peltier has done as though that alone is reason enough to release him.
I’m half inclined to believe as Obama heads out the door he may sign off on clemency or some form of sentence modification like house arrest accompanied by a statement that doing so is an effort to promote “healing”.
That’s a misnomer to me as the ones who are in need of healing are either the survivors of victims or were lowered into their graves decades ago, and I doubt the survivors would view such an executive action as a healing measure.
Granting clemency is above my pay scale just as it is for anyone other the president, so while I may offer an opinion should Peltier be released I’ll accept the fact that’s there nothing I nor anyone else can do about it.
Obama is pardoning non violent offenders, on the surface that may appear as though those convicted of violent crimes won’t be considered, but I would point out those who are being pardoned aren’t being presented as an act of healing, there isn’t a specific demographic being played to.
Obama like all of his predecessors in the twilight of their tenure engage in legacy building, a little house cleaning and a bit of dispensed pastery to embellish the record and how they will be remembered – it is for that reason I say I wouldn’t be surprised if he released Peltier as a “humanitarian” act in a world far from humane.
Ultimately though I wouldn’t place a bet either way as the evidence against Peltier is overwhelming and a precedent would be set in pardoning a cop killer that I doubt would go over well – and you can rest assured that as president Obama has access to a lot more documents and information than any of the rest of us do.
He may not be persuaded by out of context excerpts or claims nor any myths that have been created as have the Peltierites- he’ll be looking at those disciplinary and parole board hearing records ILPDC and Peltier have so zealously guarded and refused to sign off on for public release.
Should Peltier be released money making opportunites will abound, Dennis Bank$ and AIM will be in the middle of it doing everything they can to personally capitalize, they’ll overlook the fact that there was and can only be one Crazy Horse and liken “dumb as dirt” to him, even though Russell Means sought to cultivate a believe that he was the embodiment of all that Crazy Horse was and the entire pack of grifters routinely claim to speak and act “in the spirit of Crazy Horse”.
So much of all that has insued could have been avoided had a reciprocal transparency
existed on both sides, a true desire for justice and closure – if that had of been the case and “healing” is the goal it could of already been accomplished.
As it is whether Peltier is released or not a festering wound will remain, a wound in large part borne by the nations.
Should Peltier be released It would become a circus replete with barkers and all manner of memorabilia at an inflated cost – a little something to save for the grandchildren, a collectible bobblehead or a tee shirt featuring Peltier sitting on an ass as a Sancho Panza to Dennis Bank$ Don Quixote.
That would be fitting as Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra wrote the novel Don Quixote as a work of fiction and both Bank$ and Peltier’s stories are equally ficticious.