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"And no matter what they ever do to us,

no matter how they ever strike at us, we must never become reactionary. The one thing that has always bothered me about revolution, every time I have seen the revolutionary, is they have reacted out of hatred for the oppressor. We must do this for the love of our people..." --John Trudell (

John Trudell is a former leader of the American Indian Movement. If you saw the film Thunderheart, he played the role of James Looks Twice. He also appears in the documentary companion piece to Thunderheart, Incident At Oglala, which tells the story behind the 1975 shootout on an impoverished South Dakota reservation between AIM members and two FBI agents (undercover agents, not that it was known who they were at the time).

AIM members had come to the reservation to defend the traditional Indians during the 1970's "reign of terror" against them. (The deaths of 50 are only now, finally, being investigated.) The elders of the reservation had requested protection from AIM, and warriors arrived armed and ready to defend the people at all cost. But in the film, AIM-member Leonard Peltier explains that while they were prepared to fight, it was the warrior spirit to do whatever needed to be done. And so during the time they were there, they would also cut wood, haul water, build community gardens...

Reading your post, I liked that you chose the term Warrior, and it's that documentary that came to mind. For us, it's the Constitution we're here to defend at all cost. And while John Trudell and Leonard Peltier were speaking about Native Americans and their traditional values being defended, what they said applies here as well.

There are enemies we're fighting, including presidents, members of Congress, and others who support policies that disregard/subvert the Constitution and our liberties - as well as their protectors, the mainstream media. Those are the oppressors, along with all those willing to go along, either out of ignorance or because such policies (at least in the short term) happen to behoove their particular cause.

Still, I share the opinion that we shouldn't operate out of contempt or any other negative motivator. (And I also didn't like the name of that post showing the Ron Paul supporter debating that clueless woman who supports Romney.) We need to continue the revolution out of love for our country and fellow Americans.

Secondly, truly this country is impoverished, not like the third-world conditions still on some Indian reservations (though we're swiftly headed towards financial impoverishment as well); rather, poor in terms of knowledge. Americans don't know much about our history - from the founders & founding documents through salient changes that occurred and altered the country's course. So many remain ignorant as to what is happening right now. In large part thanks to Ron Paul, directly and indirectly, we've come to know about certain issues that most are still not aware of because of such bias in the mainstream news. [I'm still amazed at the media blackout of the results of the first (just partial) audit of the Federal Reserve, posted on a senator's website over a year ago.] The country is also impoverished in terms of ethics, beginning with our country's leaders and most recently apparent in the deceit shown throughout this election cycle, including on the part of the media.

We've learned some eye-opening truths. Yes, that's a threat to all who've gotten away with things so easily up until now. We won't be silenced, and we're only growing in number - what can now be counted in the millions. And so as we go on from here, each in our own way within our respective spheres of influence, we need to adopt that warrior spirit - willing to bravely fight, but also willing to do whatever we see that needs to be done.

P.S. If you haven't seen Thunderheart, I highly recommend it. Briefly, in the hopes that the people will trust one of their own, "Ray Levoi" (Val Kilmer), an FBI agent whose father was half Sioux (not that he's exactly proud of his ancestry) is sent to a reservation to help investigate a murder. At some point he begins to suspect there's more than meets the eye. I'm now reminded of a line spoken to the agent by spiritual elder "Grandpa Samuel Reaches" (Ted Thin Elk), referring to a holy man killed in 1890 at Wounded Knee: It is his blood... that runs through your heart like a buffalo. Thunder Heart has come. Sent here to a troubled place to help his people."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir