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Folks don’t you realize that the American public is being manipulated?

Folks don’t you realize that the American public is being manipulated?

 

POOF readers probably rather hear about the Mayas in Georgia or the Minoans on the Chattahoochee, but someone needs to tell it like it is. Our pseudo-democracy is currently a herd of lemmings about to jump into the fjord.  It is time for indigenous Americans to become the moral leadership of this land, if it is to survive.  

In his famous 16th century book, Il Principe,  Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli advised the ambitious prince to create extraneous, emotional, distractions, aka “straw dogs,” for the commoners, so that they would forget that they were hungry or that the nobles were “bleeding them dry.”  Thus, peasants were encouraged to persecute their Jewish neighbors and carry out horrific public executions of “heretics” and “witches.”  It is no accident that these executions resembled the most gruesome forms of human sacrifice.  The Inquisition called them autos de fe’ . . . acts of faith.

I was trained to rationally plan for the future, but unforeseen circumstances has put me in a position of using those skills to unravel the past. However, knowledge of the past often gives one understanding of the present.  That clearly is lacking in virtually the entire spectrum of national leadership . . . who view current events narrowly as a means to maximize the power of “their side.” 

The national media?   There are few people with the moral integrity of Walter Cronkite.  The driving force in journalism these days is maximizing advertising income.  Surely, some of those journalists out there with pedigree university backgrounds studied the writings of Machiavelli.  If they did, they are being silent.

The Roman god, Janus, was typically portrayed as two sides of a coin, one looking backward and the other looking forward, but in fact, the same god on both sides. We see the two main political parties raising extraneous issues like transgender rights, the right to carry concealed guns in church or college campuses, protecting Confederate heritage vs. dramatically taking old statues down . . . demonizing people, who don’t agree with you . . .  kill the librul snowflakes . . . . kill all black males/ white lives matter, etc.   It is the old divide and conquer game . . . in which the goal for one side of the coin or the other side of the coin is to win . . .  but it is still the same coin.

What the mind manipulators are not telling you

The Credit Suisse Bank has published a book, Global Economic Data that analyzes what is actually happening to the economies in individual nations, continents and the world as a whole. The purpose of this book is to guide loan officers, when reviewing credit applications from nations and major corporations.  Somehow the information contained in this book is never is mentioned by most talking heads in the news departments of either national networks or local TV stations.

In 2016 alone, the median household in the United States lost $16,000 in wealth to the upper 1%.  According to Swiss economists, who authored the book, the true North American middle class is “the group of adults with income between the median and the 90th percentile.” This group of 50 million households lost $1.76 trillion of their wealth in 2016, or over $35,000 each. That’s a $35,000 decline in housing and financial assets, with possibly increased debt, for every middle-class household.  There has been a complete collapse of the economic condition of the lower 50% incomes of the United States between 1978 and 2017 . . .  half the families in the United States now control only 12% of its wealth.   They cannot afford to buy anything and are barely surviving . . . if even surviving.   So the have-nots are manipulated into fighting among themselves or else attacking the middle class.

The response of the healthcare supply industry to a law in the United States, which required all persons to have health insurance, was to drastically inflate the cost of medicines, surgical equipment, lab chemicals . . . well, everything.  The people actually providing healthcare services are not responsible for the outrageous cost of being ill in the United States.  Healthcare workers will confirm this.  Doctors, nurses and orderlies are being worked to death without any appreciable increase in income. 

POOF mentioned in an earlier article how an Australian company gained a monopoly on poisonous snake antivenoms in the United States.  In just a few years the cost of a single vial of antivenom in the United States has risen from $100 to over $3000.   It is still in the range of $100 in Latin America, Canada and Europe.   This IS a Native American issue.  Because so many live in rural areas or Western reservations, Native Americans are three times as likely to be bit by poisonous snakes as a Caucasian Americans.

So . . .  the cost of a child being bitten by a rattlesnake or copperhead in the United States now can be anywhere from $250,000 to $1,000,000.  Last year a landscape contractor in this area was bitten by a juvenile copperhead.  He was in the hospital for a little over a day.  His total bill was $225,000.  He is bankrupt now because his health insurance paid less than half the bill.  Even with some sort of health insurance, a health crisis as straightforward as a snake bite, will permanently destroy the finances of the majority of families in the United States. People in the United States spend over twice as much for healthcare as other nations with equivalent standards of living.  Our current healthcare system is a giant parasitic worm, eating out the economic vitality of this nation and drastically inflating the cost of doing business.   This is just one example of the evils that have corrupted our society, while far too many Americans were distracted by the red capes of matadors.

The Native American way . . . harmony within a community

Yes, we have evidence that tyrants or arrogant elites sometimes took control of some indigenous towns in North America.  These tyrannies did not survive for long.  However, the traditions of the Muskogean peoples was far more typical of North America.  The leaders of Creek towns and provinces were elected to maintain the welfare of ALL people within their jurisdiction.  Individuals were not serfs, but they were expected to consider the impact of any personal action on the welfare of the whole.  In return, the community was expected to insure the welfare of the individual.  No person would be allowed to go without adequate housing, food or medical care.

The theme I constantly come across in Creek traditions is a balance and harmony among all things.  Men and women were equal in the eyes of the Master of Life.  Individual expression was balanced with communal responsibilities.   The guiding moral law was essentially, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”   There were very few rigid moral laws, unlike what prevails in Middle Eastern religions.  

Three exceptions were (1) the beating of women and children, (2) Adultery and (3) hoarding and excessive profits. It was a very serious offense for an adult man or woman to physically harm a child.  Parents could not beat or abuse their children.  The guilty parties were generally beaten severely by clan members.  A second offense resulted in their children being taken away.  You see . . . experience had taught the Creeks that abused children turned into mentally unbalanced adults, who were prone to create disharmony in a community. 

Adultery was severely punished . . . not because of some abstract “Thou shalt not,” but because experience had taught the Creek people that adultery causes disharmony within a community . . . often resulting in violence and clan feuds. On the other hand, teenagers and single adults could do about anything they wanted to do and divorces were granted quickly by a Creek judge, who was called a hene ahau.

Another severe crime was hoarding of food, while others are starving.  A person or family, who refused to share their provisions with the needy could expect to be banished from the community.    Our Creek ancestors would have taken a very dim view of the corporation that created a monopoly on antivenoms, in order to drastically escalate the cost to the community.  The corporate executives would have probably been executed and their bodies thrown into the river.

Cultural flexibility

One consistent trait that I have found in Creek communities prior to the Red Stick War was that if something they were doing didn’t work, they fixed the problem.  Old time Creek leaders had no concept of inflexible political or economic ideology.   If a better idea came along from outside their community, they incorporated it into their own traditions.  It is an attitude that is sorely missing in Washington, DC today.

 

 

 

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

9 Comments

  1. abbahawk@hotmail.com'

    you should have been more clear, that with high death rate at times of young males, a group of sisters & female cousins/kin etc of the same clan would share a “husband”. Since clan comes from mother. Or sometimes a prominent male might have several wives (of same clan?) That was not adultery on male’s part.

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  2. josephlayden@gmail.com'

    Well said, exceptional article Richard!

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    • Thank you. I realize people rather see me do pretty pictures. You’ve got a might pretty picture of Savannah 2000 years ago coming to you. However, has to speak up about this spiraling violence over symbolic issues.

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  3. markveale@hotmail.com'

    Richard, Again thanks for the wisdom….the real problems with the world will be solved by GOD. As it’s his land not ours. This Money, Greedy loco system will BE changed one of these years. About your articles on the city named “Melilot” is there a native lore of that location and do you have any understanding if that word has any connections to Native meanings? GOD BLESS…

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    • On a 1570 map, Melilot was shown to be located where Little Mulberry River County Park now sits in northern Gwinnett County, GA (NE Metro Atlanta). It is a massive 330 acre town site, which is easily accessible by the public – free entrance with paved parking. I have no idea what the word means.

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      • markveale@hotmail.com'

        Thanks, The Olmecs were very advanced for their time as the Sun went though a polar shift in 3113 and that matches their long count start time. Any thoughts on Why the Native people built 5 pointed Earth mounds? What did it symbolize?

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      • p.glover@comcast.net'

        Hey Richard, great article! I believe Melilot(Melilto – Spanish) mean “sweet clover.” Could it be that Desoto and party named the area because of all the clover in the area. I have heard stories of Spaniards who came into the area and took local native Indians as prisoners and forced them into mining for silver and gold. Through stories handed down there was a very large silver mine in the area. I won’t give specifics on here, but if you would like to discuss this further in private I will share with you. As with all folklore, or handed down stories, it may or may not be true, but if what I have been told is true, my research might wield a very important archaeological discovery.

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        • P.glover@comcast.net'

          Richard the Spanish word for “Melilot” is “Meliloto”, not “Melilto.” My apologiy for the typo.!

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        • De Soto and Pardo were intentionally steered around that part of Georgia because the High King of Apalache lived there. However, your explanation of the word Melilot is the best (actually the only) explanation I have ever received. There definitely were many Spanish speaking Jews in Northeast Georgia in the 1600s. We have numerous eyewitness accounts. Also, Melilot probably is the Medieval French version of this word. Melilot was founded by French Huguenots. Merci and Gracias!

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