Daughter of the Earth ~
I speak from the heart of my indigenous grandmothers. I want to share my
concern with and for you, your family, and our country. We have only three
choices in our lives ~ to act from Love; to act from Fear, or not to act
The day you were chosen to be John McCain’s running mate, I decided
to find out who you are. I looked up your voting record at
grief. We have the opportunity to co-create a reality that respects all
people and belief systems; all living beings; to explore and use
alternative energies that will not harm the earth; to feed all the peoples
of the earth; to address an economic system that is not and has not worked
for many years. I would hope that you, and all our government officials,
would be looking for ways to accomplish these things.
Yet, you are suing the U.S. government to open the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge for Big Oil. And you are backing a senseless and hopeless
war that is being fought only to gain more oil.
Jesus, your teacher and saviour, taught peace, harmony, balance and
unconditional love for all. When you proclaim Christianity, what I hear is
a need to dominate the Earth and All Our Relations out of fear, greed, and
avarice – the ‘business as usual’ mentality which has so harmed us all in
the last eight years (to say nothing of the centuries before).
When you say "the war in Iraq is a task sent from God", I question your
authority to speak for the Creator, and I hear the same kind of mentality
that guided Adolph Hitler (April 12, 1922), who said, "My feeling as a
Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a Fighter. It points me to
the man who, once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers,
recognized these Jews (substitute: Muslim, Native American, Asian,
non-Christian) for what they were and summoned men to the fight against
them and who, God’s turth! was greatest not as sufferer but as fighter. In
boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage
which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the
scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of adders. How
terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish (Muslim, Black,
Indian, Hispanic, Asian, non-Christian fundamentalist) poison. Today,
after two thousand years, with
deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before – the fact
that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a
Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the
duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty
to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic
collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand
years ago – a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same
Jewish (Muslim, Black, Indian, Hispanic, Asian, non-Christian
fundamentalist) people. "
And, when you proclaim the Iraq war ‘a task from God’, I hear the same
misguided belief systems of the fanatical Muslim sects that proclaim
‘jihad’, a ‘holy war’. HOLY and War do not belong in the same sentence – a
‘holy war’ is an oxymoron promoted by fanatical bigots who believe only in
their own supremacy. I cannot condone such beliefs, and, unless you want
to take us back into the dark ages of the Inquisition and the Crusades, I
pray that you will look at your own beliefs.
You claim that "We are about to win the war in Iraq". I question where you
got your information. When Bill Clinton left office, we were at -0-
national debt – now we are trillions of dollars in debt. . . and no end in
sight. To say nothing of the thousands of lives lost on both sides, due to
Big Oil’s need to perpetuate itself. This is not a ‘holy war’ . . . it is
a war of greed. John McCain brought up his experience in Vietnam – one
more war fought for the wrong reasons. You’re too young to remember, but
many of us do remember. Have we learned nothing in the last forty years??
As I read your opinions and the actions you have taken in your short term
as governor, I am shocked and apalled, and my heart hurts.
You are a mother and grandmother-to-be, yet you are against abortion
under any circumstance. Apparently, you’d rather see children all over the
world starve to death within a few months of birth because their parents
can’t afford to feed them, or a mother who beats or throws a child into
the garbage because all she can see is the face of the man who raped her.
You don’t want any gun control, even though children the ages of yours are
killing each other in cities all over the U.S. because guns are so easily
accessible to them. Sarah, what if it was one of your children killed by
one of those children with guns? Would you still say, "Guns don’t kill
people – only people kill people?"
When I listened to your speeches, I don’t hear one possible solution to
the oil crisis; the war in Iraq; the economic crisis facing our nation. I
don’t hear anything about better schools, or healthcare for all, or ways
to balance the national debt. I hear ego and arrogance from you; white
supremacy backed by fanatical fundamentalist beliefs; the competitive need
to slam the opponent so you can ‘win’ above all else. I do not appreciate
the Republican’s "Perception Management" team ‘spinning’ lies into
‘truths’ for the gullible American publics’ consumption.
My question to you, Sarah, is where is your heart? Where is
your compassion, mercy, and the desire to uplift all humanity? Where is
your respect for people of other cultures, religions, races? Where is your
desire to find true answers to all the challenges our nation is facing at
this present moment? You bandy the word ‘change’ around, but I haven’t
heard one real word about what you intend to do. At some point, if your
voting record doesn’t change, indigenous people around the world may start
calling you "Daughter-who-rapes-the-earth".
As I looked at the crowd at the GOP convention, I noticed very few people
of color. Your husband comes from indigenous peoples. In some secret
place, his heart must be full of tears and terror.
People of Color – First Peoples, African Americans, Asian Americans,
Hispanic Americans – I call on you to look beneath the rhetoric. See the
flim-flam of sympathy and self-righteous white supremacist, racist,
fanatical religionist ‘patriotism’. Understand that NONE of the true
issues are being addressed, because McCain/Palin have no answers!! Call
for an honest vote count – no "lost" ballots; no "mis-counts". . . we all
suspected the last election was bogus – it’s time to make sure we have a
real election now.
My prayer for you, Sarah, is that you learn the true meaning of Love,
Service, Humility, Compassion and Mercy. I pray that through this heart
opening, you will begin to feel the grief of the world, and all our
ancestors. I pray that feeling this pain will level you to the ground, and
make it possible for you to examine every belief you’ve ever held and
discard those that do not serve Truth and Love.
And my prayer for my country is that you aren’t allowed to ‘win’ this
election. At this time, we need leaders who are open to a new way of
viewing the world; leaders who are willing to stop greed and corporate
corruption; leaders who will co-create balance and harmony with all. We
are moving toward an enlightened age – God willing, we will not fall back
into the Dark Ages.
Perhaps, Sarah, in another ten years, if your heart opens and you come to
understand a larger picture than the narrow-minded bigotry you presently
sustain, you would be a good Servant of the People. In the meantime, the
heart of the indigenous peoples will pray for that opening and pray that
our country is saved from you and your current belief system.
In love and blessing
An Indigenous Woman