The battle between the U.S. Government and the Standing Rock Sioux Nation over the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project continues. The Huffington Post’s Mary Papenfuss reports:
Pipeline Will Never Be Built, Warriors Vow
These Vets make me proud. It is a testament to their constitution, as well as to the Constitution, that they continue to defend Native American rights which the federal government have trampled on or ignored for centuries. Many of the defenders bear the scars of the Vietnam Era. They know, firsthand, that might does not make right … nor should it. Papenfuss begins, “U.S. military veterans have thrown down the gauntlet … vowing that the Dakota Access Pipeline will ‘not be completed— not on our watch.’” She continues,
Veterans Stand, a group of vets who have vowed to protect the pipeline protesters of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and supporters, ominously threatened the possibility of more “boots on the ground” at the site — but also repeated their commitment to nonviolent action. The group is capable of calling up several thousand veterans to the protest site.
There are “Doctors without Borders.” These are “Warriors without Weapons.”
“We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected,” spokesman Anthony Diggs [said]. “That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch.”
… and yet arrests are made.
The latest defiant declaration follows the arrest Wednesday of nearly 80 protesters camped out at the demonstration site near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, amid [Government’s] … determined press to push through the controversial pipeline. Local law enforcement said the protesters were arrested when they moved from one of their camps onto land owned by pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners,
Does anyone remember Cliven Bundy, that stalwart American cattleman who brazenly grazed his private stock on public land and instigated an armed standoff with federal law enforcement? He aroused a few flag waving, misoriented libertarianistas but, in the end, was brought to court for his … well, for his blatant stupidity.
My intent is not to draw a false equivalency between Bundy’s illegal trespassing and the Sioux’ honorable defense of their sovereign territory. Rather, I want to expose Bundy and his ilk for the uncivilized barbarians they are, while extolling the Sioux and the non-Native Americans standing beside them as the heroes they are.
Follow the Money.
[President Donald] Trump late last month signed an executive order to advance construction of the pipeline just weeks after the Army Corps of Engineers had held up the pipeline by calling for a new environmental review that could take up to two years. Financial disclosure filings by the president (reported on by Mother Jones) have revealed that as recently as last summer he owned shares in Energy Transfer Partners, and company CEO Kelcy Warren contributed $100,000 to elect Trump.
… but we are told that only the media want to see the president’s tax returns. Balderdash!
The arrests at the protest site occurred the day after Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon the environmental review and grant Energy Transfer Partners the final easement it needs to complete the last stretch of the $3.7 billion, 1,172-mille-long pipeline.
We are a “nation of law,” politicians like to brag. It just ain’t so.
When bankers go to jail for manipulating the housing market such that they reap filthy lucre while the poor are run out of their homes, I’ll believe we are a nation of law. Steve Mnuchin, I mean you.
When corporations that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves while wandering the globe and extracting natural resources from dictatorial, impoverished countries such as Chad and Sudan, pay their fair share of taxes, I’ll believe we are a nation of law. Exxon-Mobil, I mean you.
When politicians who incite wars, send others to fight them, and personally benefit from them are tried as criminals, I’ll believe we are a nation of law. Dick Cheney, I mean you.
Home of the Brave
Although the fair and equitable distribution of justice is wanting in our country, we are not without the bold and courageous. Vets Stand, you are the greatest of our generation. Standing Rock Sioux Nation, you are America.
[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]