- When Pol Pot stole Cambodia and emptied all the cities,
he made captives of everyone not within his inner circle. The population
was scattered to the countryside to sweat and die from overwork and from
the utter lack of sustenance. Mountains of human skulls now mark that crime
for all to see. But here at home we've embarked upon a US version of this
heinous crime, without the formal declarations of intent, but with the
exact same outcome as the goal.
- This government, your government is stealing the United
States of America blind. Every bureaucratic measure has been used, and
the policies as well, to pervert the funds from everything we thought we'd
put aside against disaster.
- This began with the dismantling of the Anti-Trust laws
that has led to a feeding frenzy the like of which we've never seen before.
Companies buying companies, mergers and acquisitions have become a way
of life within a nation that used to be known for invention and creativity.
Now all we do is buy up everything that shows the slightest profit
fire those who made it happen, suck out all the assets and leave the carcass
to die an ugly death, that no one ever comes to mark.
- What have we lost? Only the control of our natural resources,
our infrastructure maintenance capabilities, our public utilities, social
security, the rail yards, and the shipyards, and the trucking system that
transports all that moves on both. We've also lost much of our retirement
assets, our insurance and the trust funds that go with those services we've
paid into for all those years. Those are some of the outright theft categories.
- Then there are the policy thefts, in medicine, in education,
in housing, in fraud protection, in social security, in police and fire
and public health, as well as public safety. And all of this after Bush
created HOMELAND security, not to protect us, but to protect them from
us, once we really begin to learn the truth.
- There are the scandalous communications mergers, the
welding together of nationwide systems that crush local resistance, and
kill any real news of whatever is taking place. One result is to make all
politics regional, by removing all opinion that is local. Here the goal
is to terminate with extreme prejudice the public's ability to resist any
changes they decide to make, to anything. The public that is without a
voice is no longer a free people but a controlled and endangered herd of
- Look around your office, read the memos carefully. Every
aspect of your life is being targeted for behavior modification. In this
political system there are no victims, there are only targets: What you
eat, drink or chose to do outside the office (demonstrate against the government
on company time and your job is gone) even what you think, can be
used to alter your career. How free are you really: Not very, if you're
- Who are the culprits? The government at all levels, Carlyle
Group, Halliburton & all their subsidiaries, Bechtel, the owners of
the media at all levels, radio, television, magazines, newspapers, the
whole boatload of bullshit that makes any claim to journalistic integrity;
those are at very near the top.
- So the American Killing Fields will not be as dramatic
as were those of Pol Pot in Cambodia, but they are the Killing Fields now,
for anyone who writes, or reads or thinks! However, these people are not
gods, and their policies need not succeed, it all really does depend on
each of us. If we believe that we can do nothing then that will be a self-fulfilling
fact. If on the other hand we begin to question, to laugh occasionally
at the outrageously ridiculous paranoia of these people who would enslave
us all, then the tide will begin to turn against every one of them!
- Iraq is known around the world as The Cradle of Civilization.
But America had its own version of that cradle too. That was the vast expanse
of this once rich continent, before we embraced "Manifest Destiny,"
and all the illusions that came with that idea. What we did in pursuit
of that 'national dream of destiny' can be looked on as the American version
of those Killing Fields, as well. Maybe we have earned the coming demise
for what we've done to so many millions over the lifetime of this nation.
Or, maybe there might be another way. We cannot change the past, but we
could begin again today, to try and live the way we said was "ours"
that's a long way short of paying for our crimes, but it beats the
hell out of blindly continuing to grovel at the troughs provided for us
by thugs and thieves.
- One hundred and fourteen years ago, a defiant Lakota
chief was murdered, out of fear of his words. His name was Sitting Bull.
And in 1925 John Neihardt, in "The Twilight of the Sioux" put
the thoughts of Sitting Bull on paper. In this except, Neihardt seems to
capture what's happening to us today.
- "Have I not seen the only mother, Earth,
- Full-breasted with the mercy of her Springs,
- Rejoicing in her multitude of wings
- And clinging roots and legs that leapt and ran?
- And whether winged or rooted, beast or man,
- We, all of us were little ones at nurse.
- And I have seen her stricken with a curse
- Of fools, who build their lodges up so high
- They lose their mother, and the father sky
- Is hidden in the darkness that they build;
- And with their trader's babble they have killed
- The ancient voices that could make them wise.
- Their mightiest in trickery and lies
- Are chiefs among them. It shall come to pass
- When these at last have stolen all the grass
- And all the wood, the water and the meat,
- And there's no more to burn and drink and eat
- Than all could use in many moons of feast,
- The starving people shall become a beast,
- Denied the very grasses of the chief.
- But dreaming each to be the bigger thief
- They toil and swarm, not knowing how their sweat
- Shall turn to blood upon them.
- Who forget their mother are forgotten at the last.
- Already I have seen it in the past
- Of spirit vision."
- The Americans of that day and time used the natives for
target practice, and we slaughtered their herds in the billions of Buffalo,
just to deny them food. This was an American Killing Field and we killed
millions and millions of native people then. The American bald eagle was
there as well; on the brass of the uniforms of American soldiers but what
we did then was not something that we have ever come face to face with
- even now.
- So is it now our turn to fulfill the prophecy foretold,
or will it be something more this time? If we don't change course soon,
Sitting Bull's words may become far more than spirit visions. It is clear
we've earned the wrath of many nations for our actions. What remains is
how we will address these things for future generations.