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James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fight

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Water cannons were among the weapons used by law enforcement in North Dakota on November 20, 2016. Photo by Rob Wilson [GoFundMe]

Identifying the actual enemy
He hides far from the front lines
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Columnist
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A line was crossed the night they cut loose with water cannons up at Standing Rock drenching unarmed protesters in below freezing wind chill. If I have to explain to you what that line was don’t bother wondering whether you are a fascist. You are.

What isn’t understood even by most of the water protectors is Obama has the power as commander-in-chief to end all of this with an executive order. He can just order the National Guard away, order law enforcement away (because he is also in control of the Department of Justice). He can order DAPL off Army Corps of Engineers land. But he calculates politically.

Al Franken had no problem releasing his condemnation statement, but this president, he has so many super important considerations to consider that rube Minnesota Senator Franken could never understand, that we could never understand. The weight and responsibility of office seems to have boxed him up tight.

One would almost think he wasn’t in charge, that maybe he is a fake president controlled by powerful special interest, billionaires corporately manipulating outcome, controlling the Congress with lobbyists, controlling the State Department and the Pentagon, Homeland Security, FBI, CIA. Were that the case then we should apologize to him for his indifference.

Maybe he’s sitting at home, “Michelle, I have to do something about this!” And maybe she is saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could? If they would let you order those people out of there and we wouldn’t have to just sit here and watch people get tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and drenched with a water cannon?’ “Yeah, but I asked and they said no, so I guess I’ll leave this whole mess to Trump.”

The Oceti Sakowin is talking to the wrong guy. Obama can’t do anything. The new plan must be to talk to his masters. To the rich and powerful men controlling our government he should say: “Please stop. Please allow Obama to order the DAPL people out of the area.”

That is a direct appeal that eliminates lackey middlemen, but is it going to work? Nope.

Still, it at least identifies the real enemy. These people have no problem with the water cannon in principle. Their only concern is how does the use of such raw force against unarmed protestors play in the national media? Oh, forgot to mention they also control the national media. What about foreign media…well, to be on the safe side, keep as many media folks out of there as you can so they don’t sympathetically chronicle abuse of the protestors and turn world opinion askance.

The plan is a simple one; just keep this thing on the back burner. Flood the media with images of those Oregon militiamen seizing federal property, keep that is the news cycle for weeks and weeks, that doesn’t fundamentally threaten their power, but keep those crazy Indians off the TV and out of the newspaper.

Read the rest of the story on the Native Sun News Today website: Identifying the actual enemy

(James Giago Davies can be reached at skindiesel@msn.com)

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