We are All on the Res Now!

Joni Mitchell

 

The Occupy Wall St. movement here in America & the world-wide social revolution is a physical manifestation of the realization that we, the 99% of the world’s population not born with silver spoons in our mouths, are slowly waking up to the fact that now, we are all being treated the way the indigenous people have been treated for hundreds of years.

 

This is a painful awakening for many of us because we believed all the myths we had been brought up on e.g. equal opportunity, freedom, justice, democracy, the American Dream, etc. It has gotten to the point where, if you are honest with yourself, there is no more denying the fact that we have all been manipulated & betrayed. Many are still in denial & the longer they deny the “reality” surrounding & swallowing us up, the more violent their awakening will be. John Trudell was clearly right when he said that “civilization” is the great lie. We are the only species that pollutes its own nest. How smart is that? Civilization is defined as an advanced stage or system of social development. Mr. Trudell is obviously correct because if you consider this state of affairs in our world with billions of people starving & not having access to clean, drinking water, the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, the BP “oil spill” in the Gulf of Mexico, the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the rampant mountain top removals in the Appalachian mountains, the climate change that threatens our very survival as a species yet it is dismissed by the corporate whores especially those on FOX News, etc. etc. etc., we are clearly on the Eve of Destruction

John Trudell

 

The power elite have no respect for Mother Earth or Father Sky and like the Nazis who herded the Jews into ghettos & concentration or death camps not unlike the reservations we have forced the indigenous peoples of America into, we are all now being forced into a global reservation. The overwhelming majority of humanity live like dogs, sniffing through mountains of garbage for scraps of food thrown away by the privileged. Millions of human beings walk around like zombies with dead eyes because the spirit in them has been crushed. Its only relatively lately that we, in America, the world’s greatest super power with more weapons than all the rest of the world combined & supposedly the strongest & most prosperous economy in the world, that the average American is beginning to connect the dots. And that is what the Occupy Wall St. movements around the country are trying to do i.e. wake us up from our sleepwalking stupor and apathy. Until we realize that we are all in this together and that the reptilians walking upright amongst us are the only enemy, not the poor, the homeless, the drug addicts, the “illegal immigrants,” the gays, the Muslims, etc., we will continue to suffer the degradations they have forced on us.

 

I want to share a powerful short story by Mark Twain which he didn’t allow to be published until after his death because he knew he would be attacked viciously for speaking such  truth:

 

The War Prayer

by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

Sunday morning came — next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams — visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation

*God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!*

Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —

An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher’s side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued with his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, “Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!”

The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside — which the startled minister did — and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes, in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said:

“I come from the Throne — bearing a message from Almighty God!” The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. “He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd, and will grant it if such shall be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import — that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of — except he pause and think.

“God’s servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two — one uttered, the other not. Both have reached the ear of Him Who heareth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this — keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor’s crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it.

“You have heard your servant’s prayer — the uttered part of it. I am commissioned of God to put into words the other part of it — that part which the pastor — and also you in your hearts — fervently prayed silently. And ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard these words: ‘Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!’ That is sufficient. the *whole* of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory–*must* follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

(*After a pause.*) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!”

It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.


Twain apparently dictated it around 1904-05; it was rejected by his publisher, and was found after his death among his unpublished manuscripts. It was first published in 1923 in Albert Bigelow Paine’s anthology, Europe and Elsewhere.

The story is in response to a particular war, namely the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, which Twain opposed. See Jim Zwick’s page “Mark Twain on the Philippines”for more of Twain’s writings on the subject.

Transcribed by Steven Orso (snorso@facstaff.wisc.edu)

 

It is by no means merely a coincidence that America has been at war, whether declared or not, or involved in police actions, etc. ever since the end of World War II. And no, I’m not saying it’s been a grand conspiracy but it is simply due to the never enough greed of the status quo. I urge you to check out Gore Vidal‘s book Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace if you’d like to get a detailed list that substantiates this. The corporate cockroaches have dehumanized the indigenous peoples from every country around the globe. In ancient times it was the kings, emperors, & presidents who used this tactic to convince their subjects or citizens that they were the superior race and were therefore justified in stealing from the people they attacked & even killing them because they weren’t “God-fearing” people. This raping, pillaging, & plundering has been going on for so long that there isn’t much left in the world that is up for grabs so-to-speak. So, many nations have now turned to “eating their own,” or self-cannibalizing themselves. And the most powerful players in this never-ending tragedy e.g. the U.S., China, Russia, France, Britain, etc. now wage wars of aggression on the weaker nations either overtly by invading with their military as we, America, has done in Iraq and Afghanistan or through covert methods. Of course this is always done under the mask of bringing Democracy or Freedom to those poor souls who happen to have wealth in the form of resources the corporatocracy want to get their greedy paws on.

 

Following this further, this is where the corporate whores like Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly, Coulter, etc. come in and play a very important role. These pundits of intolerance, fear, & hatred are paid millions of dollars to keep the ordinary citizens distracted from what the powerful are up to & to focus citizens’ anger on the poor, welfare cheats, gays, illegal immigrants, liberals, you name it. Who do you think pays the salaries of these hate mongers? Do you believe that the men who own the handful of corporate media conglomerates pay these preachers of venom such outrageous sums of money simply because they believe what they’re saying? No way my friends. The owners tell the talking heads what to say because if the owners spoke for themselves, people might become suspicious. So, the curtain of deceit, as in The Wizard of Oz, must be maintained. This is why these pathetic excuses for human beings always pose as “just ordinary folk.” The illusion is all important. And just as Hitler’s minister of propaganda knew, what is absolutely critical to their success in terms of keeping the public in the dark, is the constant repetition of the lies the elite want us to believe as truth. For example, if you tell a child that they are stupid from the time they can begin to understand language until they leave home, you can be almost 100% sure that they will believe they are stupid. This is also why advertisers pay millions of dollars for their ads on television because they know that through repetition of the images & words, most people will believe that their product is superior and will buy it. Naturally, when someone like myself tries to tell people that they are being brainwashed, I am seen as a nut case, anti-American, un-patriotic, etc. because, hey, everyone else agrees and I stand alone in my very different and critical point of view.

 

Moreover, if these media lap-dogs, and their masters as well as the republicans truly respect the sacrifices of our soldiers, then why are they the ones who slash every government program established to help returning veterans? For the sake of brevity, I won’t go on and list all the programs they have cut but for the record, at least one out of every four homeless people in America, is a veteran. And many veterans are involved with the Occupy Wall St. protests & actions going on around the nation. Tell me again how patriotic these parasites in power are. Yet if you bring up such subjects, you are charged with waging class war? Well wake up America! The rich have been waging class war on us from the beginning. We are wage slaves (see Noam Chomsky) and the so-called Democratic champion of the working class & middle class, President Clinton, opened the floodgates of American jobs being shipped overseas with his signing of NAFTA. Again, check out Gore Vidal on the subject of how little difference there is between  the Democrats & the Republicans.

 

And to return to the subject of civilization, isn’t it interesting to note that when we invaded Iraq & had control of Baghdad within the first few weeks of bombing Iraq back into the Stone Age & the looting of some of the world’s oldest relics of Western civilization were allowed to be stolen & destroyed as our soldiers stood by? The only building our soldiers were ordered to protect was the Ministry of Oil. Nah, we didn’t invade Iraq for oil, that’s just liberal propaganda.

 

Simultaneously as we are waging wars of naked, imperial aggression abroad, the ruling elite are waging a blatant war against workers and public employee unions. Just how obvious or blatant do they have to be before we wake up? Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, let the cat out of the bag when he thought he was talking to David Koch, one of the most audacious of the reptilian class, but was actually talking to a progressive blogger. The audacity or cold-blooded lack of morality or conscience on the part of these scum is absolutely mindboggling? These vermin are clearly out to destroy every last vestige of  power for the working class & the middle class. They want to get rid of Medicare, and they want to get their hands on Social Security and, in brief, they have publicly announced that they want to wipe-out every single program that was contained in FDR’s New Deal. Why? Because they have actually drank the Kool-Aid and believe that they have made their fortunes all on their own (they conveniently forget all the government subsidies, tax breaks, loans, bail-outs, etc. that they were given) and all the rest of us can rot on what has become one, giant, de facto reservation. They hide behind their gated communities and in their executive boardroom suites protected by mercenaries like Blackwater. By the way, Wal-Mart, which is held up as some sort of model of corporate success, is just short of a private, fascist enterprise. And what many people don’t know is that Wal-Mart shows its new employees how to apply for food stamps because they pay their workers so little & keep most of them on part-time status so they won’t qualify for any sort of benefits. Yeah, yet another example of that miraculous free market in operation. Let the suckers paying their taxes support the workers of the corporate cockroaches by paying for the food stamps. And never mind that when Wal-Mart comes to town, most of the small, mom & pop businesses go out of business because they can’t compete with the prices of Wal-Mart products which mostly come from China and are made by prison labor. But hey, things are looking up for the corporate conspirators because through the secret meetings held by the organization known as A.L.E.C. (American Legislative Exchange Council), the corporate chieftains and “our” political representatives meet & draft legislative bills that will make the obscenely wealthy even more powerful & wealthy. They are using American prison labor more & more. In fact, to keep their anti-democratic practices hidden, awhile back they allowed something like 500,000 lbs. of contaminated beef to be sold here in America. Meanwhile, city after city and town after town across America are going bankrupt and turning into ghost towns & looking more and more like those shameful reservations we force the indigenous peoples to live on. Before I forget, I want to share something with you that amazed me. Bill Clinton, as I mentioned earlier had signed the NAFTA  agreement, was on Book TV today, November 14, 2011, being interviewed by his daughter, Chelsea, about his new book called Back to Work. Can you believe the hubris of this class of cockroaches? Clinton is now going to tell us how to put Americans back to work after he opened the floodgates for his corporate cronies to not only shut down factories here in America and put hundreds of thousands, if not millions, out of work but then turns around and is pimping such a book. It’s like rubbing salt in the wound in my opinion.

 

Yes my friends, everywhere you look, the world is becoming one vast wasteland like many of those sad reservations across America. And we have been indoctrinated with the stereotype that all Indians are drunkards & lazy, welfare bums. Yeah, some drink alcohol & some have become addicted to drugs but they aren’t any different than the rest of us. People turn to alcohol & drugs when the harsh, ugly reality of their lives is just too painful to bear. Escape from pain is a natural response. We have little or no sympathy for the poor among us who waste away on alcohol & drugs but what about the slime-balls like Rush Limbaugh who got hooked on oxycontin? Ah, poor baby, it’s a tough job lying to the public day in and day out and making millions of dollars for it. Could it be that he does have a conscience and uses drugs to escape from his evil demons? I was going to go on and delve into the fact that the corporate cockroaches have now learned how to profit on natural disasters but I fear I’m going on too long so I’ll just recommend a brilliant, young lady, Naomi Klein, and her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism because she is absolutely brilliant and connects so many dots in this race to the bottom that the corporate crocodiles are forcing us towards.

Dylan Thomas, another infamous drinker!

In conclusion, I want to state that it is my gut-feeling that these Body Snatchers posing as people, are waging genocide on a global scale now & want a world populated by only themselves. But, they will fail because the human spirit is strong and just as they failed in wiping-out the honorable indigenous peoples who never laid claim to this land we now call America, they will fail also in their grandiose scheme of getting rid of us. As Dylan Thomas exhorted, “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light. Do not go gentle into that dark night!” The last thing I want to share with you, my readers, is  this sad, painful lament by one of my favorite singers, Joni Mitchell. It is the story of yet another nation, Ethiopia, driven to ruin by greed and corruption. Persevere and please let me know your thoughts or feelings about this piece I have written.

P.S.  I almost forgot the minor point of the world-wide, economic meltdown caused by the power elite and which we, the Indians on the res, are forced to pay for with our dignity.

 

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