Is Nothing Sacred? Wisconsin GOP Legislators Attack Native American Sacred Sites in New Legislation

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From Encyclopedia Brittiannica:

Neofascism, political philosophy and movement that arose in Europe in the decades following World War II. Like earlier fascist movements, neofascism advocated extreme nationalism, opposed liberal individualism, attacked Marxist and other left-wing ideologies, indulged in racist and xenophobic scapegoating, and promoted populist right-wing economic programs. Unlike the fascists, however, neofascists placed more blame for their countries’ problems on non-European immigrants than on leftists and Jews, displayed little interest in taking lebensraum (German: “living space”) through the military conquest of other states, and made concerted efforts to portray themselves as democratic and “mainstream.”

As a lifetime Wisconsin resident I ask myself each and every day “how much lower can our state sink?” Unfortunately, each and every day I get an answer. Today was no different. Over the last five years we have seen a state that, although no stranger to brutality and sadism toward wildlife no matter who was in charge, devolve deeper and deeper into the politics of revenge, corruption, and blatant cronyism. When one thinks that we possibly cannot get any lower into the world of Koch-fueled neo-fascism a story like this comes along that even makes a jaded and pessimistic person such as myself sick to my stomach and questioning how I can even belong to the same species as these types.

New bill would allow excavation of Native American burial mounds

In the Wisconsin legislature a bill is currently being circulated that would allow land owners and developers to dig up ancient and sacred Native American burial mounds to “prove” whether or not there are human remains at the site. Not even sites of cultural and spiritual significance are off limits to the neo-fascist greed of Wisconsin’s Tea Party zealots and their ingrained hated of anything and anyone not like them or that align to their sick beliefs.

The bill from Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, would force the Wisconsin Historical Society to allow property owners to excavate in order to prove whether human remains exist in effigy mounds on their land, but opponents of the legislation contend that allowing excavation defeats the purpose of mound preservation entirely.

In 2012 the Ojibwe Tribes of Wisconsin made it very clear that they would not support not allow the killing of their “spiritual brother,” the gray wolf, in Wisconsin. Despite this and despite the manner in which the Tea Party zealots in the legislature pretend to care about “religious freedom” they passed the most offensive and revolting bill against wildlife that this state had ever seen to spite both wildlife advocates and the tribes in the state. The bill, Act 169, mandated that each year the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must facilitate a yearly killing season of gray wolves beginning October 15th of each year. The bill also mandated that hounds, traps, bait, electronic calls, and everything short of artillery be allowed against the species. The bill passed easily despite the objections of the tribes and wildlife advocates. Several so-called “Democrats” also voted for it despite their stated “reservations.” What followed was three years of mass slaughter where wolves were killed with the aid of everything listed above and each year the kills went over the allotted “quota.” This year there was no slaughter season because of the December 2014 federal court ruling returning Endangered Species Act protections to wolves. This ruling was partially due to the reckless “management” allowed by states such as Wisconsin. This reprieve may be short lived as Congress, including several so-called “Democrats,” is seeking to strip protections once again from wolves in the Great Lakes through the deplorable act of attaching a “rider” to a must pass spending bill. This despite the overwhelming objection of many scientists and tribal governments.

I have long advocated for tribal governments to challenge any gray wolf delisting and hunting seasons in federal court as a “religious freedom” case. History shows the significance of the gray wolf to their cultural and spiritual way of life. For the federal government and hostile states like Wisconsin to thumb their noses at the tribal belief system and what they hold sacred is an affront to not only the tribes but to all Americans. As an atheist I do not share any religious belief system with my fellow Americans, Native American or not. What I do share is a respect for the Constitutional right of religious freedom as long as government stays out of it and does not force it upon anyone. For states like Wisconsin to attack the spiritual beliefs of Native Americans in regard to wolves and their sacred burial mounds it should horrify all decent Americans. Of course we are talking about Wisconsin so decency doesn’t always come into play under the regime currently in charge.

The Tea Party zealots in charge of each and every element of Wisconsin have essentially declared war on every segment of our state that is even remotely “liberal,” “progressive,” or not lily white, Republican, or Christian . When even sacred burial mounds are not off limits to the money grubbing and greedy ghouls in charge of our government, I believe that we have crossed a line that should NEVER be crossed. How can these smug and arrogant zealots look in the mirror and not see the face of cold and dark evil greed staring back at them? Better yet how can we as Wisconsin residents stand by and let these affronts occur each and every day right under our noses?

When does basic humanity override the the pathological and frankly horrifying desire for money and power? What controls Wisconsin today should terrify each and every person with any semblance of decency. Even if you don’t care about wolves, tribal culture, or the sacred nature of their significance to the tribes you should be outraged and speak out. History has shown us what happens when people remain silent in the face of zealotry. If you think that this neo-fascist cabal in charge of Wisconsin will stop with wolves, teachers, union members, the tribes, the environment, free speech itself, and a myriad of other legislation designed to solidify one party control and to control us you are sadly mistaken.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely and nowhere has this ever been better exemplified than Wisconsin since 2011. If you think that they are done then you are also sadly mistaken. I fear for what else these people can do to those that do not share their extreme and twisted ideology. What kind of person thinks that ancient and sacred burial mounds should be dug up? What if the shoe were on the other foot and the tribes circulated a proposal to dig up an old Christian cemetery to “prove” if remains were their or not so that they could pave it over? The outrage would deafening and rightfully so. How about if the tribes decided that deer should be hunted with hounds much as they decided to allow night hunting? How would the anti-wolf factions, killing cartels like the deceptively named Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and a myriad of other wolf hating groups respond? Again the outrage would be deafening. So why is it different when tribal beliefs and traditional practices are under attack?

Wake up Wisconsin and wake up now. This is not who we are, is it? Legalized dog fighting? Legal corruption? Open racism and cultural denigration? Is this what we are?

Take the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller as a warning of what happens when we are silent in the face of extremism and zealotry. Wisconsin is not Europe in the 1920’s, 1930’s or 1940’s but the formula is in place and one must never ignore attacks on an entire culture or belief system by extremists using their positions of authority as justification.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

If these words sound like they could have been written today in Wisconsin rather than in post-World War Two 1946 Germany you wouldn’t be that far off. History repeating itself is a cruel joke that plays out in human society again, again, and again. Will we ever learn?

 

Two Peas in a Hate Filled Pod: Domestic Terrorism and Anti-Wolf Zealots

 

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A gunman armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday, shooting at police from inside the building during the ensuing five-hour standoff.

Three people, including a police officer, died during the incident, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said. Nine others, including five officers, were wounded.

This is the world that we live in today. Where once again racism, hate, and domestic terrorism is mainstream and essentially encouraged or condoned by the right wing media and the hate pages on social media.

I have long been saying that the anti-wolf/wildlife groups and individuals are often one in the same with the same type of deranged lunatic that attacked the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. They feed off of the same hate filled media sources both mainstream and on social media. I recently pointed out some terroristic threats against Native Americans emanating from one of the sickest and most vile pages that Facebook somehow allows. When will people wake up and realize that wolves, women, “liberals,” “tree huggers,” union members, refugees, ethnic minorities, or anyone else that doesn’t conform to the Foxbot world view are all potential targets in both the cyber and physical world?

From Dictionary.com:

terrorism
[ter-uh-riz-uh m]

noun
1.
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

What is being practiced by these people fit the definition of terrorism to a tee, yet most on the left in our country are too afraid apparently to call a spade a spade or a terrorist a terrorist. We are consumed with and more worried about the sick religious fanatics thousands of miles away while we have fanatics just as dangerous operating right in our own backyard and lashing out at Americans far more often than most realize. This is the modern American far right wing that seems to be lashing out each and every day from misguided “frustrations” that no sane person can understand. These people and the sick and depraved messages that they spread via outlets like Fox “News,” right wing hate radio, and the innumerable hate web and social media sites, are a clear and present danger to our country. Not refugees. Not “liberals.” Not abortion providers. And damn sure not environmentalists. These people lash out violently at any perceived “threat” to their way of life or at those who are “different” politically or ethnically and they are terrorists both in the cyber world and in real life.

You may be asking what any of this has to do with wildlife? I think that the answer is clear and right in front of our faces. Take a look at any of the hate filled anti-wolf/wildlife social media pages and the links will be abundantly clear. Right wing talking points. Worship of the 2nd Amendment while ignoring the first. Links to right wing and chickenhawk filled “militia” and anti-government groups. The links go on and on while the sane element of society pretends that these groups and people pose little if any threat after the latest news cycle ends.

The reality is that these groups and people pose a major threat. Not because of those behind them, because they are usually chickenhawk cowards, but because of those that follow them.

I have reached the point where I am sick and tired of being attacked and berated for standing up for wildlife and for real progressive values and not the watered down corporatist crap spread by modern “Democrats.” I served this country in the Army and I continue to serve my community each and every day. Many others that share our concern and passion for our wildlife and country have done the same, yet we are labeled as “enemies” and “Anti-American by the neo-fascist right wing hatemongers and by the anti-wolf/wildlife/government social media hate sites.

We have let these hate mongers get away with labeling Americans, like myself and others in the wildlife advocacy world and other progressive movements, as being Anti-American because we dare stand up for real freedom and for real life, both human and animal. Because of these beliefs and our actions we are targets for both the chickenhawk cowards spreading hate on social media and from the REAL terrorists that want those like us dead as much as any Jihadi in the Middle East does.

Colorado Springs was another wake up call that will likely fall to the wayside like the myriad of other domestic terror attacks that we have seen in just the past year. The old adage of how you “can’t yell fire in a crowded theater” applies here. Freedom of speech is one of the most wonderful elements of our society but it comes with a steep price. The modern neo-fascist right wing hate machine is using it to destroy our country from within. One of the wonderful and frustrating things about wildlife advocates and most real progressive minded people is that we are free and independent thinkers. The idiom of “herding cats” comes into play each and every day among people like myself. That does not apply to the modern right wing hate mongers and their followers. No element of modern American society falls into line a toes the “party line” more than the modern right wing.

As we saw during the wolf slaughter seasons in 2012, 2013, and 2014, bloodlust and groupthink rule the day when it comes to the anti-wolf/wildlife/government/etc factions. They take half truths, propaganda, and blatant lies as fact and seek to pile on with hate, fear, and sheer savagery. This while trying to play the “victim” in the process. If those of us in the wildlife advocacy and progressive movements acted out and made statement like those that come daily from the right wing media hate machine and the social media hate sites, we would be labeled “eco-terrorists” or worse. When someone from our side of the political spectrum acts out of line we call them out as we should. When someone poaches a wolf or attacks an abortion provider they are lauded as a hero and encouraged to act out even more drastically by the right wing. Then when someone else does it is the fault of “the left” or some other straw man that make convenient scapegoats like a certain canid species.

I implore anyone reading this not to take any of the online threats and hate speech that time encounter lightly. While the person that composed it may be a chickenhawk coward spreading hate from their mom’s basement, there are usually followers of that garbage that will take the hate and fear mongering to heart and lash out. Whether it is threats to poach wolves in Wisconsin, threats against government officials, threats against ethnic minorities, or any other boastful proclamations we must take it seriously. The “red flags” are always there despite the media always throwing out the ridiculous “lone wolf” argument as if wolves should be equated to terrorists. As was the case with the Colorado Springs domestic terrorist yesterday he had a history of animal abuse and domestic violence which the justice system continually gave him a free pass on. Next time you are browsing one of the anti-wolf/wildlife hate pages take note of those posting and the comments they make. There is a very good chance that you will see or hear of them again.

Please report any domestic terrorism threats here or to your local law enforcement agency. This is also a reminder for all wildlife advocates and those espousing a progressive belief system to remain vigilant and be aware of any threats directed at you or your family and to always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity. I put nothing past the modern right wing hate machine or the anti-wolf/wildlife zealots.

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