Memorial Day: A Day to Remember Those Americans Who Died to Preserve Imperialism and Murder

From Wikipedia:

“Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Daymarks its end.”

Okay so, Memorial Day is set aside to remember every man and woman who ever died while fighting to preserve US imperialism. So how do you spend this day? What does it mean to you?

Children killed by US strikes in Afghanistan

Children killed by US strikes in Afghanistan

To me? I go all the way back to Columbus and think of all the victims of imperialism since the beginning of the establishment of Spanish and British Colonies in the Americas. In other words I think of the perhaps billions of indigenous people in this hemisphere who have been raped, murdered, poisoned, displaced from their homes, and had the continent that was stolen. I think about the millions of Africans who died on slave ships being dragged to this country. I think about the millions of slaves who died in chains once they were here.

Then I start to think about the hundreds of millions of people who have died in all US engagements over the centuries.  The over 250,000 killed by the US in the Philippines War and the 4200 Americans sent there who were killed between 1899 and 1913.

"And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one - our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones".

“And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one – our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones”.

Mark Twain was at first in support of the war because he had been led to believe that the US was liberating the Philippines from the Spanish. At the point the US refused to recognize the independence of the Philippines he turned against it.

This sets up the formula for US aggression that would be used to justify wars for the rest of US history. The US would always predicate every aggression with “We are doing this to liberate the freedom loving people of _________. You fill in the blank. Then working class men and women from all over the country would be forced to travel halfway around the world to further the cause of “Democracy”.

It is important to remember that the US was founded upon the same lie. The lie that American Indians were stupid, uncivilized, heathens, with way too much land and that for their own good Uncle Sam would take control of their affairs. It goes back to Europeans first coming over and using Christianity as justification for subjugating American Indians to their will. It is all a “Bright and Shining Lie”.

Execution of 38 Dakota men in the name of American Democracy

Execution of 38 Dakota men in the name of American Democracy

Why did the US kill millions of Vietnamese and Cambodians? Same reason. For their own good. Today the US does is doing it across Middle East and the East in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US pays thug armies in Israel to do it to the Palestinian people. Their land is now stolen. I will not go into what could fill three books of the United States war crimes that are ignored by the US government. It is all out there for the world to see if only Americans could wake up from their centuries of slumber and recognize that their government is a brutal killing machine and they are complicit by their lack of opposition to worldwide murder.

Now on this Memorial Day holiday think about the horrible attack on WWI Veterans who were killed by federal troops at the orders of President Hoover.

These veterans were protesting the governments failure to pay promised bonuses to soldiers. Think about the horrendous treatment of Iraq war veterans seeking treatment for PTSD, head injuries, and other injuries. Think about the countless African American and American Indians forced to fight for the very government that had enslaved and murdered their people.

When Obama was elected many of us had hopes that maybe an African American president would put an end to imperialist wars. Since then and thousands of drone strikes and sorties of bombers later, thousands more are dead. The government of Libya has been taken out by our president and it’s president assassinated. The imperialist agenda moves forward. Billions around the world tremble and wait for a day that the murderous agenda of Americans and Europeans will stop. Will it ever?

So ask your self on Memorial Day what you are celebrating or remembering. I will honor all who fell on all sides of every American War.





Cliven Bundy and Other People I Hate

Black Marine Defends Bundy

Black Marine Defends Bundy

I came under attack by the militia movement when I bothered to point out the Dann Sisters had had their treaty rights violated when their horses were confiscated back in 2003 and sold at auction. I also pointed out the fact that on top of refusing to pay his grazing fees Cliven Bundy was grazing his cattle on disputed tribal land. Cliven Bundy was an entitled millionaire juicing the system by getting large men with guns to rally around his ranch.

Since then a lot has happened. Cliven Bundy stated that “the negro was better off under slavery” among them. A BLM wrangler was threatened on a Utah highway by masked militiamen wearing masks and tape over their licence tags. Militiamen at the Bundy ranch started threatening to kill each other. And on and on. The right wing talk show hosts abandoned Bundy after his racist comments. Wingnuts continued to gather at the ranch trying to lay claim to Bundy fame.

In the end, I feel vindicated. I actually had some people claiming to be American Indian jump on my blog and try to defend Bundy by saying “who cares what color he is we have to stand up against the government”. It was never about his color with me and more about the color of his mind. He was a straight up racist. Then they found a black guy that had worked at the Bundy ranch to get on camera and say “my boss isn’t racist”. Then a black Republican Marine showed up to try and save Bundy. Amazing. It is amazing someone could be so stupid and self hating.

I wonder how many militiamen will try to come to my site and convince me “we should all work together” now? So it got me thinking about the plethora of people who I come into contact with regularly who I do  not wish to give a damn minute of my day to so I thought I would mention them here.

I no longer have time for Tea Party, Republican, or pro militia African Americans, Indigenous people, or anarchists who have been brain washed into thinking that they share the plight of a Mormon Cowboy Millionaire. These people are diametrically opposed to our way of life. They have nothing in common with us. It isn’t that I love the government or the BLM but running to support racists because they oppose the government is like supporting a pedophile because he gave his victim food while torturing him. Personally I believe there is no room in the indigenous diaspora for “patriotic Indians” who will suck up to any white man who gives them the time of day.

I will no longer give the time of day to Indians from the United States or African Americans who hate indigenous people from South of the Border. I have actually been attacked for posting articles of support for indigenous people in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and the rest of Latin America. Folks we are all in this together. Our common enemy is United States imperialism. If you disagree then you are out of step with the movement. I recently attended a Cinco De Mayo celebration in South Bend Indiana, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Pokagon Potawatomi had sponsored the celebration and were there to share in the day of celebration. 99.9 percent of the people in attendance there were people with indigenous blood. I will not tolerate people who ay things like “He is’t Indian he is just a Mexican.”

I have no more time for People who hate Arab or Middle Eastern people out of some patriotic impulse. We are not the same you and I. I see the connections between the occupation of our land and the occupation of the Middle East the US is engaged in. If you don’t? Leave me alone!

I have no time for anyone who hates Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender people. Who has time for that? Many of our people had a place in our cultures for all of these people. Who are you to become some Christian puritan and expect to be taken seriously. We need all of our people to win not some of them. Many of our people are LGBT and as a result of Christian influence on our cultures some have adopted the white mans way of dealing with these important issues. Many of us are shamed into choosing culture over sexual identity in an effort to feel accepted by our own people. Our people should not force people into these choices. We should stand up against Christian hegemony and Us imperialism. Homophobia is a white thing that has rubbed off.

Conversely I will not tolerate someone who tries to tell me that the LGBTQ struggle is the same as the indigenous or African American struggle. It is not. There is a little matter of genocide and slavery that cannot be denied or avoided. It drives me crazy when I hear someone say “The Gay Rights Struggle is the new civil rights struggle.” It is not. It is a struggle against oppression. It also pales in comparison to having your continent stolen and all your people murdered. Just check that shit.

I am tired of the oppression Olympics that go on in the various movements in this country. I will no longer tolerate anyone who is sympathetic to the militias, I will no longer support or tolerate people who want to divide the movement. We are losing the battle because we are not standing together as one. Think outside the box. There are roughly 38 million Latinos with indigenous blood in the US. Can you afford to stand alone? For how long? We can win if we are united. I have no time for those who are not clear on the objective of liberation.