Breathless

Breathless
Breathe
Silverlake, High Sierras. Two standup paddleboarders , fishing

Is not the same as being full of life. The word Ha’ole in Hawaiian translates roughly as being without breath. When we come into this world, it is the first thing we do, draw breath. As we leave, it is the last. We expel it.

I have long seen it evidenced that the heart and soul of culture can benefit deeply by being connected to Nature, especially through water. It is both breath and life. This is why indigenous cultures consider themselves to be a vital part of nature and the eco system. They are inseparable from it.

This is one of the principle reasons I found the shuttering of National Parks and enforced disenfrachisement of the American Public, such an offense. To me it is an indication of the complete loss of moral compass heading and corresponding duty of care, by what passes for leadership in Federal Government in both Legislative and Executive Branches today.

One really had to look no further than see the barricades put up under order of the Executive Branch at the Veteran’s Memorial on the Beltway in DC for an illustration of what we as a people have allowed to rule over us. A formerly wide open and unsecured area, the Memorial was built by the people of this Nation to honor the people who served at great cost, to preserve this Nation and it’s inalienable rights on the field of battle.

The President had it locked down. That was expensive. And I am not speaking merely of the likely 1000 fold increase in daily expense to fence and guard the Memorial, but of the complete loss of respect for the rule of law in this Country.

Because what does one do when Governance becomes Rule and Tyranny descends?

The Veterans once again, led the way.

In defiance of a Federal shutdown of the Vets Memorial by the Executive Branch,the people of the US occupied it.
In defiance of a Federal shutdown of the Vets Memorial by the Executive Branch,the people of the US, occupied it.

Here is some coverage of what has been going on, which Factory Media has declined to air.

Freedom was never free. While the black hearted nature of many in leadership depresses me, the courage of these Veterans and their families and our heavily downtrodden working class, is indicative of strength and hope.

I had thought on what the American Flag means to many recently, and recognized, especially watching very educated people fall willingly into partisan thinking once more, that maybe she should be flown upside down for now. Those of you with Military or nautical backgrounds will know what that means.

I ran across this piece by Nahko Bear. It is called My Country. One man’s take on the land he loves.

I hope all the Artists and Musicians pick up their tools and get to work.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are inalienable rights. Best to recognize when they disappear, that someone has sold them and in process, you. Did you know that an inalienable right is one given by God?

Maybe think about that.

Pursuit of Happiness
Pursuit of Happiness

 

3 Responses to Breathless

  1. You have any proof of this?

    “One really had to look no further than see the barricades put up under order of the Executive Branch at the Veteran’s Memorial on the Beltway in DC for an illustration of what we as a people have allowed to rule over us.

    The President had it locked down. That was expensive. And I am not speaking merely of the likely 1000 fold increase in daily expense to fence and guard the Memorial, but of the complete loss of respect for the rule of law in this Country.”

    Ergo your entire premise is base on a fallacy. Not to mention lies.

    One person and one person only is responsible for the shut down of the Federal Government. Everything that happens during that shutdown is therefore his fault. And that man’s name is John Boehner, who deliberately refused to allow a vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In that act defying the democratic principles this country is based on. That is not just tyranny (of the minority) it is treason.

    Your publishing this blog and your posts on Facebook make you an enabler of the (IMHO) treasonous Tea Party faction of the Republican party, who were seen rejoicing after the government shutdown. They had gotten what they had planned to do for a long time and were quite open about their glee in achieving it (including everything that happened as a result, national parks and memorials included). Then in the most hideous display of hypocrisy, they manipulated the unintended consequences of their actions to put still more blame on the ‘government’ and on our President.

    As for the veterans themselves, I’m not sure how many of those out there were anything but Tea Partiers, but here’s one veteran’s take on the people to blame and the real impact of their actions:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/veterans-shutdown_n_4078968.html

    I’m still trying to find the interview with the leader of the WWII veterans group who were visiting the Memorial that day when Cruz and Bachmann and the rest suddenly descended for their photo op. He said they had no issues visiting it, the park service employees who were on duty without pay were very helpful with the disabled vets, and that as they approached they saw several vans come flying up and un-uniformed individuals unloading and placing barricades as the politicians and press started to show up.

    Before you issue an outcry about the results of the government shutdown, and ironically and illogically blame government tyranny as a result, you might want to investigate the disruptions and real harm it is causing to millions of Americans. I suggest you might find something else to be outraged about rather than a staged political theatre event about veterans visiting a memorial.

  2. Hi David, The demonstration in Washington yesterday was just a cynical media stunt organized by the Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin types. They are the ones who have shut down the government and are now blaming the results on President Obama.

  3. actually the literal translation of the the word haole is to be foreign and was use in the Hawaiian language prior to the arrival of the first Europeans in the islands. The word later came to mean Caucasian or to act like a Caucasian, in other words foreign and not in keeping with traditional beliefs and protocols of the islands. In a deeper sense the word is a play up on the words hā (the breath of life) and ‘ole (to be without), so to be without hā, to be without soul and connectedness to a place and people. One of the most beautiful things about learning ‘ōleo Hawai’i is learning about the beauty and depth of the language. Learning how one word can mean so many things and say so much more.

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