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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Great Impoverishment Continues... Manifest Destiny of Greed

Hope rekindled in the Ghost Dance

The Great Impoverishment which has seen wages stagnate and fall, which has seen jobs shipped away, continues with an attack against our rights. It began 30 years ago and has been the greatest wealth transfer in the history of mankind, and now that 1% of the people hold the wealth, there begins the assault on the human rights of the 99%.

We simple, everyday Americans will be the new Indians driven from our homes; we will be the new slaves to the military-industrial-corporate complex; we will haunt the new reserves and plantations.
The script of the new global economy was written years ago, and we see its fruition now: devastated cities and devastated peoples.

From our tears will come the earthquake and the hurricane.

We read:
The ‘Higher Law Background’ of the U.S. Constitution
By Steven Newcomb
On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. By doing so, he thereby placed his imprimatur as President of the United States on a provision in that Act that codifies in U.S. law the military detention of anyone in the world, without charge or trial, and without a time limit. Even U.S. citizens can be held until the end of hostilities in a climate of war that has been called “generational.
As an American Indian, I find this development unbelievably fascinating, and unnerving. Think about the irony: The first African American President of the United States, a former civil rights attorney and professor of constitutional law, has now become a President of the United States who has helped to further undermine, and perhaps destroy, the U.S. Constitution. He has done so by signing into U.S. law a legislative provision—which he requested—that, in effect, guts the tradition of habeas corpus, and arguably institutes martial law in the United States...
... John Locke was another political thinker who provided ideas that... had “impressed themselves most definitely upon American constitutional law.” Locke said that “legislative power is not the ultimate power of the commonwealth, for ‘the community perpetually retains a supreme power of saving themselves from the attempts and designs of anybody, even their legislators, whenever they shall be so foolish or so wicked as to lay and carry on designs against the liberties and property of the subject.’” Or, as the Antigone of Sophocles put it in 442 B.C., “an unjust law is not a law.”
We have walked that trail of tears too long now. It is time.


Baysage said...

I'll believe it's time when I see pike- and torch-bearing middle class (or should I say former middle class?) citizens out on the streets calling for the blood of bankers and hedge fund managers. It's time theoretically. Actually past time. But I don't see many Indians on the horizon.

Montag said...

The reason you do not see them on the horizon is the fact that our Wounded Knee has already happened.

Bankers and hedge fund manager are conceited pawns in the game being played.

We must define our goals and focus on exactly what we are trying to achieve, otherwise we will end up like the feckless Tea Party: a bunch of ill-informed losers with nothing but impotent anger.

Baysage said...

A lot of people profess to find some glimmers of hope in the "Occupy" movement. If you choose to see in it the faint stirrings of the victims of one percent worldwide, and I think that view is valid, then the Indians may be still behind several ridge lines out there in the distance.

There are so many issues, so many outrages, it's going to be difficult to get a clear focus. But is that not the case with all revolutions?

Montag said...

Right you are, and that is exactly why I was so happy to get your " F-Stop" (focus) comment on the Republican Party: that the common "focus" was the prevention of expansion of slavery since such expansion was held to be inimical to free labor.

All the outrages that try our souls collapsed into the singularity of the need to define the over-arching reason for our continued discontent and marginalization...

I was quite happy about it. Did not have anyone to talk to it about. I felt like Dr. House having resolved a thorny case.