the Women of Chiapas and Donald Trump’s Potential

downloadIs Donald Trump the man to lead a peasant revolution, oops, I mean middle class revolution that honors God, Fair and Just Economics with the People’s Participation in Policy Making, an Ethical Foreign Policy that doesn’t make the host population vulnerable to blowback  such as 9/11, Benghazi, and San  Bernandino, a Foreign Policy that is  also subjected to the American People’s active participation and approval?

If we hire Donald Trump, who will supervise him?  Will we make the mistake of not paying attention again until we are in a critical position once again? .And furthermore, once he’s in…it won’t be over…He will need our help to make the changes his presidency, which will be a mandate, will demand.  We need to be awake and alert and willing to do more than watch and critique…we need to make our voices heard in support of him….because if the ‘establishment’ thinks for one minute we are not paying attention…this campaign of Donald Trump will be a complete waste of time….and a tragedy.

So the Chiapas women comes to the United States to fight against North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), because it will, they tell us, adversely affect the thriving economies of the peasant class peoples of Mexico, namely the small farm owner and craft-artisan.  The reason why I am making an analogy of the peasant revolution of Chiapas with that of the middle class revolution which is symbolised by Donald Trump currently,  is to highlight the fact that,  historically and traditionally, peasants were and are an economically diverse group and their makeup is analogous to the middle class and lower class citizens’ economic position here in the United States.  In other words, we don’t say peasants anymore, we say middle class or working class or lower class: but the middle class (or working class or lower class) is just another word, in my opinion for the peasant class.  And in my opinion, the middle class as we understand it now is an euphemism for the third estate: which included craftsmen, skilled labor, professionals and bureaucrats who were not nobles or members of the aristocracy, who were also known as the second estate, the ruling or warrior class in medieval culture.

Some peasants were landowners, tavern owners, and manufacturing owners and created jobs for other folks in their villages.The Protagonist Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, is representative of a factory owning class in early post-revolutionary France.

Currently, both of these classes, the job makers and the job-takers (i mean this in a good way) are being affected by the Global economic new regulatory parameters which were ushered in during the 1948 Bretton Woods Conference which created the IMF, World Bank and the Central Banking System; and  the Petro-Dollar decision of President Richard Nixon. Based on the results of the NAFTA, will also be negatively affected by the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade Promotion Authority(TPA) which is a type of executive order concerning trade treaties. What we should be asking our congressional representatives however is why is there a need for a piece of legislation called the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)Bill, which was defeated this pass June, 2015 and which was created to deal with the lost jobs that would occur to United States citizens when the aforementioned Trade Treaties will became law via Congressional ratification.  Oh…the lost jobs….

Just leading up to ratification of NAFTA, in i think it was 1995, the women of Chiapas came to the United States touring colleges campuses to make their case against NAFTA, which President Bill Clinton was pushing through Congress.  Chase Manhattan was also behind this legislation.  The women of Chiapas  were the opposition to the richly suited young Mexican politicians and business representatives who were also making their cases for NAFTA at college campuses.   The suited men said that NAFTA would help the region’s economy by making trade easier and more fair and the women were saying it would destroy their nascent local economies which was based on agriculture.  I didn’t understand it fully then…but I remember being shocked when the memo was leaked implicating President Bill Clinton in a plot to kill Subcommandante Marcos.  It was something folks in my circle at Evergreen State College spoke about..in disbelief….After all we voted for President Clinton. And I remember arguing fervently with my Native American friends why President Clinton had to become the next President of the United States….and I have to say…I remember how disappointed we all became with him….notwithstanding the short-lived rebirth of the economy.   Well, my Native American friends, understood this NAFTA, much better than I did, and their fears about it came true and the women of Chiapas, and the men, are still fighting for economic equity in Mexico.  Even if Ford is building factories in Mexico as Mr. Trump informs us.  I must admit…I don’t understand it fully, but I am a witness to the boarded up houses, the buildings that once housed industries, empty and worn down by neglect here in the United States and so are the ‘middle class’ peoples of this countrya witness.

It seems now that not only the women of Chiapas,  their families have been negatively affected by such treaties, but so have the American Middle Class.  And with even more such Treaties about to be leveled upon the “third estate” in the interest of “facilitating trade” we need to become more aware of what these treaties are about, how will they affect us, and what multi-national corporations will gain when the treaties become law.  We need to deal with them before they become law. We need to have a voice in the policy that these treaties will enable toward working class and middle class peoples.  If they are already talking about a Trade Adjustment Assistance Act to enable our government to help workers and middle class peoples who will be displaced by policies implemented when these treaties become law we should  demand that there are town meetings and time to read these treaties and to assess  their potential effect on citizens and on the sovereignty of our country, and on our ability to be, as a country,  good neighbours in the global economy. Ethically, it is better to trade with your neighbour than to trade with your enemy.

And this will be a task for Donald Trump and the people he chooses for the cabinet. And this will be a task for us, the citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about so that we can be participants in making economic policy that makes sense to us and our families. We can’t let this movement that Mr. Trump has become a symbol forto go to waste…If he becomes President of the United States, it may be our only chance to be able to sit at the table and make our voices proactively heard and help create the policy that make sense for our families and our country.Donald Trump_People

Onondaga files petition In Inter-American Organization

Onondaga Nation seeks international help in reclaiming ancestral lands from US

Published time: April 15, 2014 19:15

Logo from onondaganation.org

Logo from onondaganation.org

After failing to get the United States justice system to hear its case asserting that millions of acres of its land was stolen by New York, the Onondaga Native American tribe has filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

In a story posted on the tribe’s website, the Onondaga Nation claims the state of New York has stolen 2.5 million acres of land from its ancestral homeland since 1778. The announcement was also made outside the White House, where the tribe presented the original Canandaigua Treaty commissioned by President George Washington as a reminder of the commitment made to treat each other as sovereign nations.

“The failure of the US court system to protect the Onondaga Nation’s ancestral homeland has left the Nation with no choice but to seek assistance for human rights violations from the international community,” said Joe Heath, the tribe’s attorney.

According to Syracuse.com, the petition states that New York illegally acquired about 4,000 square miles of land from 1788 – 1882 in spite of treaties established with the federal government.

The Onondaga Nation originally filed a land claim back in 2005 seeking to either reclaim the land or reach a settlement regarding its acquisition, but it was dismissed. That decision was upheld by an appeals court and also the Supreme Court, which stated that, coming 200 years or so after the action was taken, the tribe waited too long to file for action.

“[The Supreme Court’s] denial is but the last step on a shameful path of injustice and inequity which the Supreme Court has engaged in for almost 200 years,” the nation said at the time. “This is just another example of the shameful history of broken treaties, land thefts, forced removal and cultural genocide.”

On April 15, the tribe defended its decision to seek help from human rights groups.

“The federal courts’ inherently discriminatory ruling refused to consider the merits of our case,” said Chief Sidney Hill on the tribe’s website. “Our claims for relief arise from violations of treaty protected land rights. The court ruled that our actions are too old and ‘inherently disruptive’ and, therefore, cannot be considered.”

Although the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights cannot mandate the United States to give back land or reach a settlement, it can serve an advisory role and urge the government to reconsider its position. The Onondaga tribe hopes that a ruling in their favor would help them maintain their culture and way of live, as well has help preserve the environment.

“The nation is searching for positive ruling that would allow them to continue its role as an environmental steward of the land and waters it once conserved for centuries,” Heath said