If there is one thing that history teaches us, it is that people with power will tend to use that power to oppress and use the people without power. Many people do not want to believe this fundamental fact about human nature, and many more want to believe that governments don’t commit these acts against people, especially their own people.
But history tells us that this is the case, that governments oppress their own people. The instances where a government has been considered “fair” or “good” have always been short-lived. The abuse that the U.S. government is heaping upon people is just now becoming more overt in America.
Take the Bundy ranch incident, for example, or the cold-blooded killing of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, or this incident that you’ve probably not heard about: the Department of Homeland Security’s actions against the Standing Rock Sioux who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Lauren McCauley gives us details:
“Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength ahead of a federal hearing on the controversial project. Support has spread across the country, and thousands have descended on the peaceful ‘prayer camps’ in recent days, prompting state officials on Monday to remove the demonstrators’ drinking water supply.
“North Dakota homeland security director Greg Wilz ordered the removal of state-owned trailers and water tanks from the protest encampment, despite the sweltering heat, because of alleged disorderly conduct, according to the Bismarck Tribune, including reports of laser pointers aimed at surveillance aircraft.
“‘People are getting overheated now already,’ said Johnelle Leingang, the tribe’s emergency response coordinator, as temperatures hovered around 90º F on Monday. ‘It’s very hurtful.’
“Tribal activists say the state’s response, which includes surveillance, road blockades with military checkpoints, and a state of emergency declaration, has been overly aggressive and manipulative.
“‘It is deeply ironic that the Governor would release emergency funds under the guise of public health and safety, but then remove the infrastructure that helps ensure health and safety in the camp,’ said Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth.
“The supplies were provided last week by the North Dakota Department of Health at the tribe’s request to support the roughly 2,500 people now gathered along the Standing Rock reservation’s border on the Cannonball River, near where the pipeline is slated to cross.
“LaDonna Allard, director of one of the prayer camps, said, ‘The gathering here remains 100 percent peaceful and ceremonial, as it has from day one. We are standing together in prayer…Why is a gathering of Indians so inherently threatening and frightening to some people?’
“‘This is nothing but repression of our growing movement to protect our water and future generations,’ Houska added.” (hat tip to here for the lead)
So, what you have here is a peaceful protest: people simply gathered to pray. The state’s Department of Health tries to ease the heat situation and provide water, but others in governmental power disapprove. I understand the concern if lasers were actually pointed at aircraft, but what exactly do lasers being pointed at surveillance aircraft have to do with removing the water supply?
And why are we not hearing about this all over the mainstream media like we did about the standoff in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon?
It looks suspiciously like another government and media attempt to squash opposition to those in power doing whatever they want to do.
This is one reason why you need to be prepared: so that you and your family aren’t in danger from coercive elements in the government who want to control you by limiting your access to necessary resources. Like water.
What do you think about the government’s removal of access to water from peaceful Native American prayer protesters: Justified or not and why? Tell us below.