Shame, Shame, Shame: A Message to northern Michigan Democrats who have lost their core values
One disillusioned Democratic supporter calls a spade a spade
If Northern Michigan Democrats get beaten by Republicans in this election they can only blame themselves for lowering their morals over Sulfide Mining and other core value beliefs.
I am voting for the Green Party candidates instead of Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Democrats to show my disgust. I know the Green Party candidates will not win but I am not going to vote for Democrats I do not respect.
Most Northern Michigan Democrats have sold out to the interests of Rio Tinto – and its mining subsidiaries like Kennecott Eagle Minerals.
And these same Democrats did not stand up for the Defenders of sacred Eagle Rock – where the Ojibwa religious site has been desecrated by an evil corporation – that also plans to soon dynamite through Eagle Rock.
Sulfide mining is not in the best interest of the U.P. because it doesn’t offer long-term financial security and – at best – will leave millions of acres of nature unusable.
Millions of once-pristine acres filled with wildlife.
Northern Michigan Democrats who are trading short-term self-enriching cash from Mining lobbyists – and possibly huge amounts of under the table cash – deserve to lose.
Even tho I detest Republican greed – its par for the Bush country club cronies – where trickle-down economics means watering on the poor.
Times are changing in the U.P. – when Michigan Democrats sit in the same sulfide acid bath as their Republican cohorts.
You are not fooling tradition core-value democrats.
As a correspondent for Indian Country Today – I sent a series of questions about sulfide mining to our sitting Governor and the seven candidates in the race for the state’s highest office before the primaries.
All confirmed getting the questions.
The questions included revealing all their financial connections to sulfide mining companies and their lobbyists – and their immediate family’s connections to sulfide mining interests.
All refused to comment. A clear “no” would have been easy but they refused to comment.
The Democrats could have sent an email stating there was no connection to Rio Tinto – but instead refused to answer.
A check of state records shows in past elections nearly all Upper Peninsula Democratic candidates received money – and some were wined and dined – by the Sulfide mining machine.
Upper Peninsulas judicial, business, media and political groups have been so poisoned by the sulfide mining cash – and promises of future cash – that they have sold out the environment.
A Kangaroo Court – presided over by Judge Kangas – refused to allow Eagle Rock defenders to present a proper defense during their misdemeanor trials. Why was that? Hmmmm.
It’s un-American for a Judge to prevent defendants from offering a real defense for their actions.
I encourage all Upper Peninsula residents who normally vote Democrat – to send a message to the Democrats who are trading the environment for short term cash.
As environmental legend Lois Gibbs stated in her recent visit to Marquette – sulfide mining is “much, much more dangerous” than traditional iron ore mining.
Gibbs should know – she fought the chemical companies involved in the Love Canal environmental crimes.
In addition to their lack of moral action – I warn Democrats and others who support the rape of our Earth – to beware of their crimes in the spiritual realm.
On the same day that Kennecott ordered a heavily armed police raid on four peaceful campers at Eagle Rock – one of the company’s chief geologists was killed.
And in the epitome of heartlessness – Kennecott Eagle Minerals did not send its top people to that poor man’s funeral – instead they held a pro-acid mining forum in Marquette.
This was a man who had helped the company get ready for its billions in profits they will make while raping the U.P. wilderness. But the company threw him to the wayside like they do to our forests.
Those billions in nickel and copper profits will not stay in the U.P. – only few residents (politicians, business leaders and judges) will get rich – and certainly not the future employees who will work in dangerous, toxic underground mines that may take their lives.
Northern Michigan is on the precibus of an environmental disaster as dozens of sulfide mines will soon open across the Yellow Dog Plains and in the southern and western U.P.
May the Creator forgive us even tho we know what we do. But maybe we do not deserve to be forgiven.
Much like a mouth full of cavities – this moral decay by Upper Peninsula Democrats means they should be yanked out of office.
In the south in the 1970s – I knew some blacks who preferred to work for a racist boss than one who pretended to be liberal – and those friends said it’s because at least they know how to handle a racist instead of a faker.
I know how to handle corrupt Republicans – but I cannot trust Democrats who pretend to be honorable.
I salute three brave Baraga, MI women who set up the encampment at Eagle Rock after the Kennecott-ordered trespassing arrest of Cynthia Pryor of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.
These honorable women who continue to fight sulfide mining are Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) members Charlotte Loonsfoot and Chalsea Smith, and Georgenia Earring of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota.
Loonsfoot is running for the KBIC Tribal Council – and she deserves to win.
A Special Shame on Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Actor Jeff Daniels – for claiming to love the Upper Peninsula – and standing by as the rape occurs.
And to heck with Michigan Democrats who are acting like Republicans.
By Greg Peterson, a proud opponent of the evils of sulfide acid mining and the morally corrupt corporations that bring their evil seed to the U.P.