Gr8 article Mr. Cook. And a belief that is shared well among the Haudenosaunee who haven't opted to get one. I recall some time before the issue of passports was confronted in real life by our lacrosse players, where our players experienced the hassle of our own Haudenosaunee ones not being accepted elsewheres they still stood firmly to their convictions that the Haudenosaunee passport was their legal passport and, if I recall corrrectly, our passport was eventually accepted by one of the state authorities. Sometime before that, I dialogued with an older fellow who seen nothing wrong with obtaining a state issued one, as he rationalized it as there being nothing wrong with dual citizenship. Fine. On reflection, we have different life experiences and upbringing. He served in the U.S. military and received benefits from it in terms of it having given him opportunities in life. Also related to me in another dialogue with him was that he thought then the activists in the U.S. were almost clueless. I don't agree but, even if some are, it's not necessarily bad, as they haven't been indoctrinated or overwhelmed with mainstream news and PR transmissions moulding their opinions, and lessening their critical thinking skills. On the other hand, an Oneida friend of mine related where the now coined phrase/joke 'do you want some whine with that cheese?' comes from. That's apparently what the Onkwehon:we servicemen literally received from the Queen for their military alliance. And how hard is that to believe when our territories were our greatest source of life, only to become the greatest commodified resource and today resemble but dots on the map. The society we live in today is no longer about governance by the people, for the people. It is about, say: "The Genuis of the Beast" as Howard Bloomberg put it. Hats off to all those Indians who protested the Keystone XL pipeline. More information/assessment about the environmental impacts is needed before or if it gets approved. Another election coming up and well, if other countries were allowed to vote for the world's #1 superpower president, Obama might stand another chance as it was related previously where he would've gotten in by a landslide, if that were the case. After all, he did make the most notable stand yet against the corporate Goliaths. Nia:wen.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 15:07