It's Time for Power to the People
"We have one demand, Power to the People"
The protest by Native Americans and others against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) project has been inspirational because of the solidarity created and tenacity displayed.
But maybe there's something bigger happening than a protest against a pipeline. Maybe this is the Revolution we've been waiting for. The symbolism and the timing occurs to me to be a spark that could start the fire. The involvement of Native Americans in a protest over water affecting their reservation, joined by Veterans, Black Lives Matters and others, at this time in history, could be a trigger for something much greater than stopping the pipeline.
My brother, who had been a long time republican conservative prior to seeing the (partial) light during the Bush regime, sent me an email from a right wing site that claimed Standing Rock wanted money, that Warren Buffet was involved (or his money) because of his oil (Burlington Northern) gravy train, that Standing Rock had the opportunity for input and never responded and it doesn't affect the reservation or water anyway.
He sends me stuff like that now and then, still having friends and contacts in the right brainosphere, so he knows how I'll reply to things like that. The thing is, relative to DAPL and the protests, I haven't delved into the matter deeply. There's only so much time and I haven't felt the need to dig into the history, causes, etc., of the matter. I knew what side I was on, what I supported and didn't support, that's as far as I've gone.
He's used to my responses and it's all good, like I said, he's getting it, he just took the right propaganda train for too long. No different than those who took the left propaganda train really. Both trains trap you into a manufactured reality.
So I replied:
"Guess he won't be joining the protest against the Oil Barons and instead will side with the fascist pigs who want to genocide the Indians again.'
I don't really care (anymore) about the details, it's always the same thing. We can blame each other but the problem is always the same. The Pinkertons, General Custer, Sheriff "We have the guns" Chickenshit, Oil Barons, giant Corporations, Four Dead in Ohio. You can tell me Standing Rock was trying to extort money and I wouldn't give a shit. This is a fight against the "Man". This is fight for fucking freedom.
My brother still has a lot to learn. He hasn't broke on through.
To me this is more than a protest against a pipeline, it's a protest against the establishment, the ruling class and its fascist police state. It's a protest against the illusions and injustices this country is built on and a challenge to the corporatocracy and the oligarchy that control all of us. It's a direct challenge to a country based on slavery and genocide and sustained by imperialism that continues to kill and murder innocent people in an insane quest for the ultimate Manifest Destiny of global supremacy.
It comes at a time when the first African American's presidency, an utter failure, is ending and the illusion of democracy has delivered us Donald Trump.
We have to tap into this energy. These people in North Dakota have started something, something big and something very timely. It needs to be tapped into and expanded. A genuine independent people's movement can emerge to challenge the oligarchy. It cannot be coopted by the political process, political parties or politicians. A movement completely independent from the political system to bring Power to the People.