MNN. Sept. 30, 2008. All is not lost. There is a good side to the economic "melt down" of the bankers' attempts to continue their enslavement of the people. Thanks to the senators who refused to bail out these crooks, maybe we can save the planet. The U.S. dollar is going south hot on the heels of the U.S. reputation.
These swindlers believe that anyone who doesn't have independent wealth has no claim to even the smallest crust of bread. The indigenous way is that nature provides to all. We have a right to the food we need.
We never surrendered our territories. Every square inch of Turtle Island is Indigenous. We are so glad the gluttony for our territories and resources may come to an end. We Indigenous are still here to issue our warnings.
European colonial incursion into Onowaregeh, Turtle Island, began with fraud and continued for 500 years, to the peril and detriment of the Indigenous peoples. In the late 1500's the British issued illegal charters to land speculators such as Humphrey Gilbert and Walter Raleigh. They illegally sold 20 million acres of our land before they even set foot here. The scam continued to the present.
To stay in the colonial game everybody's been forced to borrow. When the credit runs out the game is over for them. This is where these hacks took everybody. Now these "no goodniks" are still trying to scare everybody into submission.
President George Bush and his "crew" of obedient politicians and media "talking heads" thought that they could scare Congress into passing the bill to help out their banker friends. When it didn't pass, the politicians and the media panicked. They ran around, pulling at their expensively coiffed hair and were lost for words. It turned out that Bush and company were lying to everybody yet again.
The U.S. lied and sold a bill of goods to everybody worldwide. Surprise! Surprise! The Europeans have been doing this to us and other Indigenous people for centuries. As a result of the fraudulent mortgage bundles the U.S. sold around the world, which the U.S. gave AAA guarantees to, local and foreign banks bought them up. They wanted to get in on the enslavement of the people. When the housing bubble burst, these bundles turned out to be totally worthless. They are stuck with them. This is all due to deception, greed and lying, something they often did themselves. Now the U.S. oligarchs are scrambling to restructure a new bail out proposal that would attract reluctant law makers and soothe the unnerved "Prozac ladened" financial markets.
The "giant suction cup" of wealth in the hands of a few swindlers is taking itself down. We hope indiscriminate mining, logging and oil exploration will decline. International trade is already affected. Canada 's biggest trade export is to the U.S. They will not be able to buy from Canada like they used to. Who wants the U.S. dollar anyway?
It is criminal to raise money from the public on the stock exchanges putting up stolen land and resources as the collateral. We never gave our informed permission for anyone to access our territories and resources. This scam had to fall apart sometime.
Is this a catastrophe or a blessing? Can we hope that there will be no more oil and minerals taken out of our land; or water polluted and dammed; or trees clear cut and depleted; or skies, ground and rivers destroyed beyond habitation for us and everyone else; and no money to buy weapons to carry out wars and commit other human rights abuses. Fancy weaponry for the heavily armed police forces may have no bullets in them to shoot us with. Prisoners will be turned out of their cages.
Let's look at it positively. People will have to learn how to live with less. Being poor will become fashionable. Second hand clothes will become trendy. Forget about that 52-inch TV you were thinking of getting. Get a smaller one. Better yet, save your electricity and stop watching TV. Get to know your spouse, family and kids. We have time for this because we don't have jobs.
Our communities and relations with our neighbors will have to become stronger. We'll find out that by working together we can not only survive but we can have fun.
Let's declare a general strike and everybody can go to the thrift shop for our clothing and household appliances. The multi-nationally owned malls will be empty, full of goods and no one to buy them. We could sit on the benches, look into the windows and eat our brown bag lunches.
Local farming will be a must. We could have larger gardens because we'll have time to look after them. The "survival sites" on the internet have a lot of great ideas for this. People won't be able to get drugs or alcohol which some people used to relieve the problems created by the dog-eat-dog lifestyle.
Another good side of the melt down is that since the US dollar is worth less, or maybe even "worthless", the investors will have a harder time to corrupt politicians or undermine us and our rights. Corporate, military and political heads will have to look at another way of making an honest living.
The exploitation and destruction of Turtle Island was by a certain elite who took advantage of everyone. It was a scheme that favored the most ruthless speculators. This time they failed to frighten the people. They are scrambling around to make the resuscitated bail-out look yummy and attractive. This could be financial ruin for these sharks. Let's burn tobacco and hope for a strong wind to fan the flames to make sure they are dealt with properly.
Our great law, the Kaianerekowa, does have provisions for dealing with those who commit espionage, treason and conspiracy, similar to other societies. "It's always interesting to see people who have murdered, lied and stolen to squirm, wiggle and tell more fantastic lies to keep their heads on their shoulders, their tongues in their mouths and their "hands" attached to their bodies when they realize they are ultimately going to be confronted by the peoples they defrauded. [rumormillnews.com]
The U.S. and Canada are guilty of killing and oppressing us to take control of everything we had. In exchange they gave us genocide, worthless treaties, empty words and now their debts. We were not the contracting party. They illegally used our land and resources to wheel and deal. We are not going to take responsibility for their debts. They have no credit or credibility with us. Let them implode.
We need to return to respect for the land and each other. Is it too soon to start the drums rolling so we can start dancing and singing?
Karakwine & MNN Staff
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