Gov Don't Get No Respect
Tomorrow is Easter in the Western calendar, a story of ugly death and resurrection.
Cynics have belabored the death of liberty, rule of law, and sinking of the sheeple. Doom-porn and Armageddon. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here... ye 99%...
In Ukraine, the ever-rapacious USGov sent in mercenaries/phony liberators to overturn an election, installing Neo-Fascists more to their liking. Pssst, Ukraine is rich in resources.
In chaos, opportunity. But not always.
(Please know that not all Americans rah-rah abuse of power, here or abroad.)
I saw a vid today of run-amok armored tanks in Ukraine and an unarmed woman, who stepped in front. She stretched out her left arm; set her palm on the hood of the tank. She stopped the thing.
No guarantee there of surviving, but she stood her ground, in an eerie echo of Tiananmen Square.
And threatening a ranching family who had bought the land in 1877.
That usually works. The rancher used to have 50+ neighboring families, all driven off by government greed for mineral rights and such.
In this, how-stoopid-do-they-think-we-are case, gov first tried the canard---of it being their duty to protect endangered desert turtles!
In fact, fracking and foreign investment lucre brought in the goons.
Cowboys on horseback began showing up at the Nevada ranch. Most have to be crack shots; most arrived with rifles. The desert is full of rattlesnakes.
In the Revolutionary War against British imperial power, late 18th Century, one of the Colonial flags read, "Don't Tread on Me."
So imagine ... a line of horsemen facing militarized agency goons.
It evokes the tragic bravery of Tibetans who loved their land and died facing down Chinese machine guns and tanks. Ancient lamaseries were bombed into rubble, gulags for Lamas and dissidents built.
Love of land, love of honor are taking a global stand against brute force and greed. It's an old, old story.
We get to live it, and hopefully tell our grandchildren about it.
A story of betrayal, and of resurrection.