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Russell Means: Breaking the silence on Obama
Sunday, 11 January 2009 10:22
by Brenda Norrell

American Indian activist Russell Means said President-elect Obama was selected by the colonial powers as president to improve the US image globally in the aftermath of George Bush. Further, Means said Obama’s appointments show that he is a Zionist controlled by Israel.

Speaking on Red Town Radio today, Means said what is happening now to Palestinians is what happened to American Indians.

“Every policy now the Palestinians are enduring was practiced on the American Indian,” Means said on Red Town Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Brenda Golden, Mvskoke Creek. “What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of Europe,” Means said.


Stating that the Zionists who control Israel now control the United States, Means added, “The power of the US in world politics diminishes every day.”

“Now they have found a house servant by the name of Obama," he said.


Obama was selected as a “man in charge to take the heat,” because of the “bad cop” image that Bush put forth in the world.

“Now, all of a sudden, it is, 'We’re so great. We elected a black man to be president.'” Means added that Obama is a black man who was raised by his white grandmother and has appointed Zionists to key positions.


Means said the US is headed for a new era of menial jobs. On Indian lands, Means said the only people who get ahead are those who sell out to the colonial system. Means said he has been in solidarity with Palestinians for about 30 years. Now, there is massive and sophisticated propaganda by Israel and the U.S. Both countries, he said, are liars.

In the US, American Indians have been shut out of history, philosophy and the arts, in a “total blackout.” The United States does not want to be reminded of the smallpox blankets, theft, colonialism and mistreatment of the American Indian, he said.


He said most Americans do not realize that the financial collapse of this country is only beginning. Americans cannot continue the lifestyles of consumers when there is no money. Low income jobs and menial jobs are the only ones left. Health care in the US reveals how the policies used as experiments on American Indians became US policies. The US health care system is now stringent and calloused, with constant refusals of treatment. This has always been the case with the Indian Health Service. Now it is the policy of the HMOs. Family ranchers and family farmers are now in the way of progress, the same way the American Indian was once viewed. Now, family farmers and family ranchers are being gutted, because they function on massive credit. They are trying to pay back debts, which is not possible with manipulated agriculture prices.

“The family farmer and family rancher are now going to be extent.”


Means said the federal government also took over education. Americans don’t even know their own history. Along with this federal control, came the passage of English-only laws in many states. However, for Indigenous Peoples it is positive to know many languages.

“If you speak two languages, you are speaking with two brains. That is the way it is to us. That’s how we look at life.”


In the mid-Twentieth Century, US schools listened to the communities and local governing boards. However, now the US educational policy has taken away local control and mandated federal guidelines. So now education has become a matter of money. Meanwhile, the real history is silenced. While the United States attempts to portray itself as a peace loving nation, the fact is the United States is at war every year. The United States breaks a host of international laws every year, which has been the pattern since 1946. American Indians were aware of what the US was doing, because the US had already broken all treaties with American Indians; treaties guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Means said there is a great deal of propaganda about why the US broke away from England. But the fact is that George Washington, the largest landowner, along with the slave owners, broke with England so that the original treaties of England with American Indians in the west would not have to be honored. The US broke with England, to invade the west and take the land.

“The US was created to break international laws,” Means said, adding that it is obvious today that this is the pattern of the U.S.

Means said the United States was initiated as an outlaw and renegade nation. Today, its imperial policies mean that Israel is a surrogate of the US, receiving aid from the U.S. With the combined US and international aid, Israeli receives $12 billion a year for its “military and the settlers in the West Bank," he said. He said 80 percent of the people in the West Bank are paid to stay there. It is America who pays them to stay there. But even in Israel, where there is a free press, not everyone agrees with Israel's war on Palestine. He said 20 to 30 percent of the people in Israel are against the war on Palestine.

Like the United States, Israel has been at war every year of its existence. He said Israel is often referred to as the 51st state, of warmongers and imperialists. The United States and Israel are based on lies, resulting in massive deaths in Iraq. Now, the US and Israel are focused on Iran because of its oil reserves. Indian lands have become “open air concentration camps.” “If you chose to stay on the reservation, you are guaranteed to be poor, unless you are part of the colonial apparatus set up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, set up the United States." On Indian lands, everyone fights to be part of the tribal governments because that is where the money is. Everyone fights to be part of the colonial system.

“The only way you can be part of the colonial system is to obey.” Those returning home to Indian lands cannot “rock the boat,” demand their treaty rights or their rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.

The American Indian Movement made people aware that the US Constitution came from the Six Nations. However, the US Constitution only includes one-third of the Great Law of Peace. If all of the Great Law of Peace had been adopted, this country would be much different and much wealthier. However, it was turned into a country of consumers. He said what you get with a country of consumers is greed.

“What is going on in Palestine is going on in America. The United States is taking away the homes of the people.”


Now in the United States, there is “communism from the right” and “right wing socialism.” He said the problem with socialism is that it is bereft of consensus and complete spirituality.

Means said he is 70 years old and has experienced the US when it reached its zenith in the world in the 1950s. At that time, America was a productive country. In the years that followed, the ruling elite sold out the unions, as the labor movement was razor thin close to taking over politics in America. The most watershed event was Brown vs. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court ruling which desegregated schools.

“The white male started losing his power.” Then, in the social revolution that followed, white males lost control of their women and their women’s vote, and lost control of the work place. While civil rights was the chosen remedy of most social movements, American Indians remained dedicated to “sovereign rights.” Individual sovereign rights.


“We are the only ones that held on to the sovereign concept." The other social movements were saying, “Please Mr. Male let me be equal to you.”

Means said things will be different now.

“Our grandmother the Mother Earth is tired of the human race. She is going to eliminate it and I champion her, Mother Earth.”


Means said matriarchy is what Indigenous people are all about. “We know that women are the givers of life and men are the takers of life.”

“We have to follow the woman in order to gain balance.” He said in a matriarchal society, there is a balanced society, as each celebrates their strengths together. “True individual freedom has to be done by consensus, otherwise it is mob rule.”


In the US, now there are fake elections. “The people are convinced they are actually electing a president.” However, it is the Electoral College that actually selects the US president. The charade is now coming to a close, as the Patriot Act means that the Posse Comitatus is dead and buried. Means said everyone has the responsibility to be free.

“You are free to be responsible. That is the essence of freedom.”


He said everyone should know their rights. Otherwise, they are guaranteed slavery.

Means said human brains are "doped up with all this ignorance and greed."

“Einstein said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'"  “That’s America, that’s the Indian reservation. That’s pathetic and an injustice to human beings.”

Red Town Radio show host Brenda Golden, enrolled Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in Clearview, Oklahoma. Golden attended Sequoyah Indian School in Tahlequah before joining the Air Force. Later, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in Indian Country as an educator, tribal liaison, grant writer, board member and volunteer since the early 1990's.

Golden said she is hosting Red Town Radio, on Blog Talk Radio, to offer a platform for Indigenous issues.

Listen to more of the show, including David Hill, who called in, and pointed out that while the US cut school funds and school lunches, the US increased aid to Israel.
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None Ofyourbusiness said:

None Ofyourbusiness
Some big holes in there...
Further, Means said Obama’s appointments show that he is a Zionist controlled by Israel.

Later...
Stating that the Zionists who control Israel now control the United States, Means added, “The power of the US in world politics diminishes every day.”

Still later...
Today, its imperial policies mean that Israel is a surrogate of the US, receiving aid from the U.S.

So which is it ? Does Israel control the US, or is it the other way around ?

“The US was created to break international laws,” Means said

What do you mean, "was created to". Created by whom ? What international laws were there in 1776 ???

I certainly agree that the US breaks international laws, and that it needed to break free from English laws; but I find it completely crazy to say that it was created for the purpose of breaking international laws, more than 150 years before the UN's existence, long before there were any international laws to speak of.

As much as I admire this guy's guts, and as much as I appreciate his general views, his reasoning is frighteningly sloppy and ignorant.
 
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Ward Churchill said:

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Speaking of "ignorant"...
Ever heard of the law of nations, "littlehorn"?

Much as I hate to disturb the smugness of your pretense that you have the barest clue what you're talking about on the topic at hand, it seems fair to point out—as anyone who knew anything at all about the subject matter would tell you—that this is what international law was called until very recently.

So, you ask, what laws of nations were there in 1776? Well now, let's see: Does the Doctrine of Discovery ring a bell? How about the so-called Right of Conquest? The there were antipiracy laws, laws constraining the transatlantic slave trade, numerous laws regulating commercial relations, and so on.

The fact is, all treaties were—and still are—articulations of international law (see Art. 1 § 10 of the U.S. Constitution and/or the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties).

You might want to take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court 1792 opinion in Ross v. Rittenhouse (2 U.S. (2 Dall. 160), wherein the justices observed that, "The law of nations...is essentially a part of the law of the land." Or check out Chief Justice John Jay's finding in Hensfield's Case (11 F.Cas. 1099, 1101 (C.C.D. Pa. 1793)) that the phrase "laws of the United States," found in Art. 3 § 2, cl. 1, and Art. 6, cl. 2 of the Constitution, includes the customary "law of nations."

I could continue at length but why bother? The bottom line is that international law, as such, not only existed in 1776—and much earlier, for that matter—but the U.S. founders were perfectly well aware of it. Russ Means was therefore quite correct on that score, while you were not only dead wrong but displayed a complete and utter degree of ignorance. In other words, "littlehorn," you were talking through your rectal oriface. And there's little that could be more "frighteningly sloppy" than that.

Advice: Read a book or three before offering another "opinion" on the history of international legality.





 
January 15, 2009
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Flexi Zhergov said:

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Physicist
You misspelled "orifice," perfesser.

How's that house remodeling coming along?
 
January 17, 2009
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Solis said:

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word jumble
Flexi -
If you read 'talking through your rectal oriface' several times, meaning starts to come through, that Ward intends to joke that his face is an asshole. Perhaps it is a play on words that only a clever person would use or pick up on: 'face' and 'talking through oriface'.
 
January 17, 2009
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Flexi Zhergov said:

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Wardo using self-defecating humor? A side of him I had not seen before. I never thought of the perfesser as rectum-faced, though; just as having that greasy, nicotine-stained, lantern-jawed psychopath type of phiz.

(He spelled it wrong out of ignorance.)
 
January 17, 2009
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Ward Churchill said:

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Thanks for the spellcheck, Jim. And for the usual word-salad, "NOJ." As for you, Drunkageek, sorry to see you've once again dropped out of that 12-step program you keep claiming to have completed (but, hey, it's understandable; anyone forced to face what you see staring back from the mirror every morning would likely react the same way).

Overall, it's great to see such consistency of intellect among the mighty Ballerinas...

All three of you.
 
January 17, 2009
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Flexi Zhergov said:

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I think this tiny, worthless conflict made Wardo's day. You're welcome, big guy. Now, unfortunately, it's time for you to resume sitting around the house in your underwear, sucking on beers and cursing humanity. Somebody should film it -- could be edited into a modern day "Sunset Boulevard."

 
January 17, 2009
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Ward Churchill said:

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That the best you've got, little feller?
 
January 17, 2009
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Solis said:

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Did he misspell feller?

Do you have any commentary on this hot issue? http://legendofpineridge.blogs...-stan.html Snapple seems concerned that Obama should let Stephen Kappes run the CIA. My supervisor's father was FBI director in the early 70s, and their family were Obama supporters despite Obama's crypto-muslim status and Ayers connection. Maybe Snapple is barking up the wrong tree for once.
 
January 18, 2009
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Flexi Zhergov said:

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I can't identify a reason to discuss 'Snapple.'
 
January 18, 2009
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Solis said:

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Do you think you're better than us?
 
January 18, 2009
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Flexi Zhergov said:

January 18, 2009
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michael jordan said:

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March 4, 1789 at 10:10 a.m. local time is the date you are looking for...
This 1776 stuff was just a "declaration" which took lots of dead people to legitimize in blood which had started flowing on the continent following the early European explorations and murdering sprees. The horror became official when the government started doing business in lower "Manhattan" in the location of the current Wall Street traders. Now if we were to take Unca Bernie Madoff and cut his arms off at the shoulders and dip the stubs in Kosher salt and place him on display for all to see we might begin to find our way to a new and better world. Don't hold your breath though. Glad to see you are still in the mix Ward, I was worried about you when the inquisition wanted your head in a spiked box. Thank "god" you are so tough...The chickens are coming home to roost...if revenge is all that we have left then revenge it will be...If Obama won't get out of the way then he will have to be shoved aside...
 
February 22, 2009 | url
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