The Department of State is reviewing the details of a Presidential permit which will be required to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, through the U.S., to the Gulf of Mexico. The President is currently burdened with the task of of approving or disapproving the Keystone XL project by deciding if the pipeline is “in the national interest.” Environmentalists are calling for its disapproval, of course. The President, in my humble opinion, will ultimately decide in favor of going forward with the 13 billion-dollar pipeline. Let us be clear that under the law this decision is not in the hands of Congress but rests solely on the shoulders of the President.
Why do I think President Obama, who is awesome, will approve of a project that goes against any pledges toward a greener economy? For this article, I’ll cite two reasons: 1. It’s the system; 2. It’s in the national interest.
The “system” I speak of is the carbon economy. The carbon economy is a product and a continuing necessity of the modern Western/American Empire. Capitalism, the corporate-western carbon-dominated model based on the fiat money system, is an extremely brilliant trick that compels us to participate “in the system.” To gain any measure of material existence we are prodded to keep going to work to provide food, clothing, shelter, water, and energy for our families. Capitalism, the kind which is succeeding because of the fallible and greedy nature of the two-legged, abstracts its subjects from daily meaningful interaction with the universe; this is accomplished without most even knowing it. We are separated from our labor, which was meaningful and even spiritual in the buffalo economy, for instance.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Capitalism separates our spirit from our environment and human beings require interaction with the land, with our surroundings, our relatives. We are no longer doing our part in the universe by growing our own food, hunting, clothing and sheltering ourselves, observing our animal and celestial relatives (the stars) to seek guidance for earthly conduct. We no longer directly nurture our soul and needs by our own deeds. With this separation, we are easily taught that happiness equals the pursuit of material consumer culture: better cars, better gold, better diamonds, better houses, better, more expensive everything. We dig ditches or strike keyboards, from climate controlled structures run by carbon based energy, to earn imaginary money to trade for things at Wal-mart.
What does all that mean to Obama? It means the controllers of big oil and every related industry, the owl-worshipping, goat sacrificing lluminati, and Joe Sixpack all want the same thing: to keep coasting on this destructive, unnatural path so long as our Western standard of living is maintained. And that, my friends, absolutely requires more oil, more products, more shipping, more sweatshops, more autos that still aren’t running on renewables, more houses, more buildings, more jobs, more schools, more prisons, more carbon energy, more everything.
Is this in the national interest? What is the national interest? The national interest is, quite simply, to protect our empire; that’s what is done. It does not matter that we call it protecting freedom, spreading democracy or any other euphemistic word or phrase. So, how, I ask, can any President of the U.S. choose anything other than more oil when the illuminati and the average American want an “improved economy?” So, I don’t blame Obama as I wouldn’t blame any other president for doing what a majority of America wants.
What can we do? We can use less, recycle more, buy local, grow our own food, live simpler, throw the TV away and do many other smart things. This is all easier said than done; I am not the role model here. I am complicit in this process; I am not guilt free. Our seemingly involuntary participation in the system is our own destruction. The world carbon economy is a machine. The machine is our enemy; we are the machine. The machine does not eat unless we feed it, and we feed it every day. It lives because of us; we need to stop feeding it. If we don’t stop feeding the machine, Mother Earth will remind us not to feed it. Maybe Obama will send a message that he, on behalf of America, does not want to continue to feed the machine.
Hecegla (that is enough)
Chase Iron Eyes is an attorney admitted to practice law in South Dakota, various Tribal Courts, and the Federal Courts of North and South Dakota, and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.