I really don’t recognize my country anymore. Nothing feels normal, nothing feels safe. I go to bed at night, worried about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I wake up in the morning, worried about them. I check Facebook way too much, just to see if the water protectors are okay.
Energy Transfer Partners is building the Dakota Access Pipeline. First, they were going to run it through Bismarck, North Dakota*. But the white people there said, “um, no, we don’t want to be the next Marshall, Michigan or Mayflower, Arkansas”. So Energy Transfer Partners decided to run it right near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The tribe said, “um no, we don’t want it, either”. But, for some reason, Energy Transfer Partners didn’t listen.
Energy Transfer Partners is funded by all of the big banks. President Elect Donald Trump has stock in the project. They’ve brought in their own mercenaries with dogs and mace, and Morton County Sheriff’s Department is also at their beck and call. This department has brought in other law enforcement as well. Price tag is north of $20 million so far. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is also on board, as well as most of the media.
There have been various confrontations between the two groups, with injuries sustained on the Native side. The National Guard has also joined on the Powers that Be side of things, as one might expect.
And now the US Army is getting involved.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been joined by other natives and other allies from across the nation. The Oceti Sakowin camp has been set up on unceded (ie., stolen) land. The government that stole it calls it Federal land.
Now the US Army says that this village (numbering some 8,000 water protectors) has to move. The US Army has designated a free speech zone where they can stay. Isn’t that special? I just love the idea that the US Army has the right to declare where free speech can occur!
2016 has been an outstanding year for irony. I suspect 2017 will surpass it.
Once again, the US Army wants to relocate Native Americans. Or, at least, try to, since the water protectors have said that they are not moving. They have also issued a call for more warriors.
President Obama has done little to intercede.
United States veterans are traveling to Standing Rock to protect the water protectors from the Powers that Be. They arrive the day before the eviction notice goes into effect.
People from all over the world have been watching the live streams. We’ve seen unarmed people being maced. We’ve heard the sound cannons and seen water cannon being deployed in freezing temperatures. We’ve seen live streams interrupted by electronic “sting rays”.
We’ve seen photos of injuries. The Morton County Sheriffs Department first denies using these means of control, then accuses the “protesters” of being violent. Their evidence doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
Battalions of police in riot gear are being deployed to protect an oil company. Usually, it’s the US Military, going to a different country, to protect “our interests”. Today, it’s on home soil. This is as it should be, as Americans should see with their own eyes what we do to others every day. This answers the question “why do they hate us?”.
This is America.
All of the lies about standing for freedom from tyranny, liberty and justice for all…they stand exposed as the lies they have always been.
This is on President Obama’s watch. This is his legacy, as our first black president. Because, of course, he must stand with the Powers that Be. He is one of them, after all, or he never would have been allowed to take office.
One must always keep precedent in mind. Resistance must be firmly put down. Otherwise, it grows.
Mussolini called the merging of industry and government fascism. Never before has it been so clearly seen, so blatantly transparent, than today out in North Dakota.
*I misidentified the state, saying it was South Dakota, in previous posts. Sorry.