In a vivid dream more than twenty years ago, a woman alone in a cabin opened the door to flame-throwers, who had surrounded the place with a hill in the background. Suddenly the view changed as the woman watched from a hidden location, as the cabin burned to ashen ruin, the boots of the flame-throwers crushing the remains. Like all the dreams of this woman during that lucid and rarefied time period, this one too, came true…
Well, this little blogger has just been crushed by the regime, a life time of work with specific, professional expertise, in an area I absolutely love, water, and, in a hugely important area for the American west, Indian water rights and water management. Honest work.
While I am personally and professionally devastated, it is even ‘lower than a snakes belly’ to engage in this kind of economic devastation or blackmail of anyone. And, in my experience and observation, you can never mess with water and get away with it; and water is sacred to us all.
But more importantly, is a settlement between the United States and an Indian Tribe legal if signed by an ineligible President? Is the concept and practice of sovereignty being used to mask an agenda that is ultimately unhelpful to tribal people, and to our security?
This is what standing for the U.S. Constitution has meant in my everyday life and work, and what will most undoubtedly be on-going.
I have 100% Faith in God that this is the right course, even if it is fatal to me.
…a letter to Obama, from America:
As you’ll answer it, take heed
This Slave commit no Violence upon
Himself. I’ve been deceiv’d. The Publick Safety
Requires he should be more confin’d; and none,
No not the Princes self, permitted to
Confer with him. I’ll quit you to the King.
Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn’d;
Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d. ~William Congreve, in The mourning bride, 1697