Native Americans Deserve a Voice in Congress

The history of the United States VS its indigenous population is one that politicians like Obama would call unsettling.  Another more forceful reader of history might call that history unjust, and an idealist would call it genocide.

So hasn’t the time come to realize that the hundreds of tribes which are in fact Nation-States within the borders of the USA, and 5-6 million people and many more of mixed blood who can call themselves Native Americans, have a voice in governing the USA?  Should not seats in both houses be reserved for the Tribes (Tribe is analogous to Nation) that make up the remnants of the estimated 50 million people who were living in America at the time Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas?  It is said that the USA Government has never kept one treaty with the Native Americans.  Yet treaties which are routinely scuttled by presidents who prefer a different policy, are according to the constitution, the highest law of the land.  That means a president that disregards a treaty should be impeached.  If there is a violation of the law that is to be determined after the impeachment.  Bush should have been impeached for violating the many treaties signed against torture.  Truman violated our agreements with the Soviet Union.  Neither were considered impeachable offenses by the Congress.  Needless to say no one was ever impeached for violating a treaty with the Indians.  With Native American representatives in Congress that might change.

The exact number of Native Americans living at the time of the Columbus land fall is a matter for historians to debate.  Slaughter, sickness, suicide and slavery more than decimated the population of Native Americans quickly.  Right wing historians who justify the slaughter like to say only 8 to 12 million Indians were alive at the time.  On the other hand liberal historians believe over 100 million tribesman were alive when the Europeans started to arrive in droves.  Native Americans watched that number quickly fall by 50%.  Small pox alone cut down the majority of the Native population in a matter of a few years.

Today the once great Tribes are proud trees growing in the desert that has become post WWII America.

Our country and our planet need to hear their wisdom.  We need to learn how to live in harmony with our land and ourselves.  These were the fundamental governing ideals of Native American peoples.  They were shocked over and over again by the callous disregard for all life, human, animal and plant by the Seekers of the Yellow Dust.

It would be great to see each state apportion 10 percent of its House vote to the Tribes of that state.  In the Senate a third senator from each state representing not the moneyed interests of corporate America but the trees, roots, animals and peoples of the States within a State could be elected by a people from the Tribes of each and every state.

This would insure that a different voice was heard on the life or death issues facing America and this planet today.  Who better to ask about environmental destruction than the people who lived in harmony with the land for untold millenniums?  While blacks have rebounded from slavery and now have stuck there foot in the door, Native Americans still live in miserable conditions, are hounded by drug abuse (alcohol) and denied both their tribal wisdom and a good white European education.

Since it is universally agreed the public schools are in marked decline why not use the Native American schools which can be funded and run by the US government on the land of Tribal Nations within our Nation to set an example for others to follow.  Let the American children learn their Native language, English and a third language.  Let them immerse themselves for half the year in their own history and culture and a half a year in a “normal” education.  In a few short years Native Americans would be the best educated people in the USA.

The environmental wisdom of the Indians may be the greatest gift we have for the world, lets nurture and explore the sacred teachings of the many Peoples of the Americas.  The time has come for another constitutional convention.  The Citizens United decision by the quasi fascists on the Supreme Court can only be undone by the Citizens of the USA through a constitutional amendment see:  https://movetoamend.org.  In conjunction with that further changing the constitution to give Native Americans a voice in their own government, updating the second amendment, clarifying what the free press means in the internet era, spelling out what a free public education is and guaranteeing its quality, rebooting the Post Office to offer email that is free from corporate spies and eliminating K street lobbyists from the evil and untoward influence on policies are items that a new constitutional convention could and should address.

What If Obama Were Half White Instead of Half Black?

All the mainstream corporate media and radical right-wing media unceasingly asserting that Obama is some kind of socialist does not change the facts.  Fox, CNN and the rest of the media can act like President Obama is the progressive crusader the left has been dreaming about since the 60’s ended, but anyone capable of reason knows that it is not the truth.  President Obama is a centrist Democrat and he is distinctly to the right of that center line.  In fact he is progressive or liberal on very few issues.

IKE was to the left of Obama on economic policies.  He actually believed in Keynesian economics and acted on those policies.  This led to growth and wealth redistribution.  Ike believed in Labor Unions.  He wanted a strong middle class.  But on foreign policy issues, Ike talked like he was anti-war, just like Obama, while he nurtured the seeds of the cold war planted by Truman, Forrestal and Byrnes.  IKE believed that the Military Congressional Industrial Complex was a threat to the freedom and security of the United States but he did everything in his power to make the stranglehold the war machine had on the people of the USA and the world permanent.  IKE was the ludicrous inspiration for Kubrick’s greatest film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  It was IKE who feared that the contact with his Generals would be lost if there was a nuclear war.  Therefore he gave the Generals the authority launch nuclear bombs.  The Generals feared they would be out of contact with their operation’s commanders so they gave them the authority to launch the bomb if they lost contact with the Generals…eventually that scenario plays out so that someone who is completely nuts, Major T.J. “King” Kong (played by Slim Pickens) has the authority to start nuclear annihilation.

Obama embraces the defense department, the imperial foreign policy and the newly born security terror infrastructure.  Ronald Reagan and the deluge of propaganda that has inundated the American public since the 80’s has moved both political parties so far to the right that the reality is IKE would be a Democrat now and Obama would have been a Republican in the 50’s and 60’s.  Even Nixon who established the EPA was to the left of Obama on many issues.

The only issues where Obama actively pursues an agenda that can be remotely called progressive are those which have involved civil rights.  He has moved the country slowly forward on issues like gay rights and women’s rights through the Fair Pay (the Lilly Ledbetter Act).  He has acted to reduce the draconian sentencing of drug users through the Fair Sentencing Act and recently by tepidly over hauling the grossly unjust and nonsensical mandatory minimum sentence policy that has been part of the so-called War On Drugs for a half century.  However, Obama did not pardon the thousands needlessly in jail.  He per usual took the least confrontational action he could and made a modest reform. He is also slowly exploring remedies for the massive voter suppression efforts of the Libertarian, Tea Bagger,  and Neo-Conservative wings of the Republican party.  However here his effort is again lukewarm at best.

On civil liberties on the other hand Obama has been a disaster for liberals and is in reality a consistent neo-conservative.  He in essence supports the Bush-Cheney view of America.  He has had the justice department actively prosecute Whistleblowers.  Whistleblowers are now playing the role that the free press was supposed to play under the constitution.  The press was supposed to honestly report the ugly, the bad and the very ugly of the United States Government and those influencing their decisions.  The press was given special protection in the constitution to do so.  Yet rather than embrace and celebrate the courageous acts of Whistleblowers, Obama ruthlessly prosecutes them.  The near melt down he has had over Edward Snowden is the case in point.  All the President had to say about Mr. Snowden was that he is this generation’s Danial Ellsberg and forget about him.  Instead he acts like Mr. Snowden is some kind of cold war super spy that has revealed some great secret to the “enemy”.  Who is the enemy by the way and what has the enemy gained by Snowden’s revelations?  No liberal president would ever prosecute Manning or Snowden because they have done a service to their country.  In addition the government spying was widely believed to be occurring.  Further why don’t people realize all the government is doing is tapping into information the multi-national corporations already have?  That fact alone makes the Snowden episode just a Trumanesque case of macho blustering over nothing which ultimately makes society a more dangerous and less inviting place to live.  Part Orwell and part Huxley, the information gatherers are the right hand of today’s totalitarian states.

The Don Siegelman case really shows Obama’s true colors.  Clearly a liberal president would have moved to completely pardon Siegelman as soon as he got into office.  Rove’s operatives stole the election in Alabama from Siegelman and then put him in jail because he talked.  The case is so outrageous that it is Stalinesque. His crime was to interfere in the gaming casino racket that Republican insiders were working on Native American tribes to make millions in campaign and lobbying payments.  Siegelman’s crime was that he supported a state lottery that would take money away from the casinos.

Obama has even bought into the neo-conservative new Cold War philosophy.  McCain in 2008 with help from Rove tried to push some old but still festering buttons with the war in Georgia.  Nothing makes the aging right-wing nut jobs more angry than being reminded of Viet Nam or Communism.  These are issues the younger generation is ignorant about, but those votes were going to Obama anyway.  Most of them could not tell you why there was a South Vietnam or who Ho was.  McCain tried to make the Cold War an issue during the campaign.  Rove instigated an attack against Russian interests in Georgia to kindle the flames.  As far as the right is concerned any war is a good war.  The infinite war on terrorism which is ongoing in every country in the world 24/7 makes a nice complement to a new Cold War which will divert resources to nuclear bombs, tanks, air craft carriers and weapons that are useless in the war on terror, but a huge source of corporate welfare and profits and campaign contributions for wealthy oligarchs and their congressional representatives.  The Cold War can generate billions in profits for the old guard while the Security State’s war on everything and its infinite thirst for information generates defense profits for the new technology companies.  Even Amazon is now a defense contractor. To keep two unending all-consuming wars going at the same time is the clear foreign policy goal of the neocons.  Many of the founding fathers were against having a standing army.  Now we see why.  The US military is the world’s biggest consumer of oil.  The Koch brothers and other members of the Military Industrial Congressional Complex readily embrace a new Cold War because it will continue to add billions a year to their accounts in Switzerland and other foreign hiding places.

Clearly Obama who was born in 1961 does not remember the Viet Nam war.  He was never eligible for the draft.  He never marched in the streets, he never participated in a sit in, he was never in the street throwing tear gas back at the cops.  His life was not directly effected by Viet Nam.  Like many of his generation, the pre Gen-X and post Baby Boomers, his only connection to the revolutionary spirit and the politics of the sixties was the freedom to enjoy drugs and pre-marital sex.  Obama was not radicalized by the Viet Nam war or its aftermath.  He did not understand who RFK and JFK were.  He did not understand or care why the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers changed American history.  But the assassinations of MLK and Malcolm X may have actually caused him to stop and think.  Being of mixed race he was directly effected by their deaths and their politics.  In fact the insane right-wing media claims that Obama is Malcolm X’s son.  Hard to believe but true.

Possibly this is why Obama can swing to the left on issues of civil rights but still clings to an essentially neo-conservative foreign policy.  Like many of the Tweener Generation he was not “into” politics.  He was not into creating an ideal society.  There is little that is idealistic about Obama.  He is more like Truman than FDR.  Many of his generation considered Hippies to be analogous to the Homeless.  They view them as a social problem not a social movement.  I know a plethora of his generation who view the word “Hippie” as an insult.  And quite humorlessly they would “insult” others by saying you look like a “Hippie”.   Long hair was viewed as ugly, and other fashions of the 60s were eclipsed by a new generation trying to say “We’re not them.” as opposed to anything meaningful.  Replacing bell bottom jeans with straight legged jeans is considered a revolutionary act by the standards of Obama’s Tweener Generation.  Absolute non-sense.  Of course there is a host of reasons for this.  The Baby Boomers had a significant impact on the world while those of Obama’s generation did not.  So they seek to demean and minimize the role of the counter-culture in the 60’s.

And since Obama was not radicalized by the war his ideas were shaped not by independent thought, meaningful discussions with close friends about significant issues or long tough, life or death, decisions about whether or not to go to Viet Nam or Canada but only by what he heard on TV.  Thus he idealized Ronald Reagan instead of RFK or FDR.  To Obama, Reagan’s only flaw was that he was a racist.  The fact that he was a war monger, saw the world in terms of black and white, never shades of gray, and believed in American Imperialism was just fine.  His supply side economics justified the ethos of greed and narcissism that formed the backbone of generation dedicated to itself and itself alone.

This begs the question if Obama had been named Wilson and was raised as a white Southerner of mixed race who would he be?

I think the weird almost Invasion of the Body Snatchers like transformation of John Kerry into war monger coupled with Obama’s thirst to start yet another war with an Arab nation shows his real political heart.  The half-white part of Obama is a neo-conservative who believes in supply side economics and world domination by the US military as a foreign policy.  Had he not been influenced by his experience of being mixed race in a racist nation he would be the leading intellectual force behind the tea baggers today.  He would be dining with the Koch brothers and be essentially a George Bush with a triple digit IQ.

Obama was forced to confront the reality of the United States’s dark side as black man.  He was never forced to look at the imperial foreign policy.  He was never threatened by the draft or subjected to extreme poverty.  His generation and their fascination with video games leads to a black and white view of life.  Winning at no cost to his side is fine.  The game goes on.  Thus his love affair with the drone wars and his intent to launch yet another war in the Middle East reflects the half-white side of his nature.  That side is essentially conservative.  He grew up with Ronald Reagan values and a simple us against them view of life.  If Obama had not been half-black he would certainly be a far right-wing conservative and support the Bush-Cheney world view, Reaganomics and be the Koch brother’s favorite politician.  Obama is not a liberal or a socialist.  He is a neo-con.

Oracle

Oracle-Investing With A Measure of Security

Quick Summary:  Watch and Wait for a better price!

Oracle is one of the premier companies of the new economy.  Unless you are a tech expert that works with multinational or very large domestic companies, a government agency that has a need for their products or have a degree in computer sciences you probably like me don’t fully understand Oracle or their products.  They seem to make lots of money and are competitive with only SAP and a few other companies.  The never ending thirst for data by corporations and governments seems like it puts Oracle in a sweet spot of some kind.  Technically Oracle’s Point and Figure chart is on a sell signal.  Oracle peaked at 36 near the beginning of the year and has sold off after forming a double top on the Renko chart early this year.  (see below).

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Oracle Renko - Version 3

Still the stock yields a meager 1.5 percent.  That could mean the stock is ultimately going to be cut in half to yield 3 percent or that Wall Street insiders see more growth in the database and cloud related software Oracle sells.  If it is cut to 15.50 the stock would yield 3 percent and you could sell covered calls to increase your yield.  Not bad.  But if your entry price is 36 you will have to live long and prosper to recover your money.So for the time being Oracle should just be watched.  It has multiple sell signals and the entire market may be headed for a correction.  For years Oracle bounced between 22 (2007) and 14.x (2008-9).  It then appeared to break out in 2011 and zoomed up to the mid thirties which has marked the top of the trading range for the period 2011-13.  If and when Oracle approaches 24 to 26 selling the 2015 or 16 puts at 22 to 26 would be a reasonable trade.  That appears to be the bottom of the new trading range.  Market turmoil should drive Oracle down to the low twenties.  Of course if the pattern breaks down and Oracle tumbles to the teens then the trade is going to be one that results in a loss.  If Oracle holds to the new bottom then with any good news it should recover and the trade will make a nice profit.  A speculative trade would be to sell the 20 2015 put for $4.  Currently it is priced at less than $1.  Therefore the stock would have to fall 12 points or so or there would need to be a flash crash to get that price.  With the war drums sounding, don’t believe it can’t happen.  If you have a little money to invest in Oracle this strategy is very conservative and really the stock may never see 20 again but if it does your put position would give you the stock at 16 where it would be yielding 3 percent.  Otherwise you would just keep the cash which is not a bad alternative.

Take Down: Rethinking First Take

The Cleveland Browns fans have to be in shock because of the double barreled shot gun fired by the kings of sports blather at the rabid fans of the forlorn Cleveland Browns.  First came a so called list of all time great quarterbacks proffered by the twins of twitter that did not include arguably the best player in football history:  Otto Graham.

Skip Bayless argues that the quarterback position is the most important in football.  This is a sound argument, undoubtedly and unfortunately proved by the greatest living football player, Jim Brown.  Though Brown shined through nine seasons and totally dominated the league, the Browns won the championship only once.  Otto Graham on the other hand in the ten seasons from 1946-1955 played in the championship game all ten times and he won seven of those games.  That record compares only to the Bill Russell era in Basketball.  Had Otto known how good Jim Brown was going to be, Otto might have played another five or ten years and added several more championships to his legacy.  He and Brown together would have been virtually unstoppable. Otto Graham’s last game was a masterpiece.  He still had his legs and many good years ahead of him if he had wanted to play on.

Not only does Graham own seven of the coveted championship rings, he still has sole ownership of at least two NFL passing records.  Graham still holds the record for yards gained per pass (nine) despite the wide open offenses and overall increased emphasis on the passing game today.  He also has the highest winning percentage it total games among  quarterbacks, winning nearly 82% of the time.  His record in playoffs at 9-3 puts him at the top of the list for quarterbacks with more than 10 playoff appearances.

This gross over-site by the kings of blather will not be forgiven by Browns fans and woe unto them should they ever bring their show to the banks of Lake Erie.

The second attack was some kind of criticism of the great Bernie Kosar by Stephen A. Smith.  I could not really follow what he was complaining about but evidently the coach of the Rams got bent out of shape about something.  I watched the game afterwards and missed the kerfuffle.  It was totally uninteresting.  However, Bernie is one of the few color announcers to actually add something to the game.  Bill Walsh was also insightful but a little dour.  Bernie sees the play coming and explains the defense, tells you what the quarterback should see and do.  Name one other announcer who does this.  Madden was entertaining but insightful?…I don’t think so. Bernie is both.

So Skip and Stephen ease off on Bernie, check out the Brown’s broadcasts, and watch some black and whites of Otto Graham.  You might learn something.