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There’s nothing worst than failed leadership that, having made a complete mess of things, just won’t go away. That’s the DAPL protestors today.
Neville Chamberlain’s failure in dealing with Hitler, thereby plunging Europe into complete war, led to Leo Amery, a member of Parliament, telling him this:
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
It was an old line, first used by Oliver Cromwell in 1653, but it captured the moment perfectly and Chamberlain was soon gone. I’ve always liked the line and it occurs to me it has some applicability today to the out-of-town DAPL protestors who’ve now made another complete mess of things and worn out their welcome with everyone from the government to the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II.
I’ve enjoyed covering the story of the DAPL protestors here for two reasons. Readers are intensely interested in it and it offers a clear view into the completely phony wacky world of fractivism. It’s become obvious to nearly everyone other than an empathetic mainstream media that the DAPL protestors are mostly from everywhere but the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They’re are as likely to be from New York or New Jersey as anywhere else; malcontents out to prove their virtues to the rest of us by using the Sioux as props in the act. The whole thing is one huge Potemkin Village enterprise, but the village is now blighted by all the garbage.
I’m not kidding or being snarky when I say garbage. Here’s the latest from Seeking Alpha:
North Dakota Gov. Burgum tells Reuters that he believes the Dakota Access Pipeline eventually will be built, and asks protesters at the site to help clean up their camp before spring floodwaters arrive…
Dakota Access opponents have argued that construction would damage sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and any leaks could pollute the tribe’s water supply.
But Burgum hopes protesters will clean their camp before it becomes its own threat to the environment: More than 300 vehicles, dozens of temporary dwellings and other debris have been abandoned at the campsite, which sits in a flood plain that is likely to be overrun by spring rain and snowmelt.
The Governor isn’t the only one to complain. Here’s what the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman has to say:
Before this entire movement started, that was some of the most beautiful land around…There was a place down there where eagles, over 100 eagles would come and land. There were game down there — deer, pheasants, elk, geese. Now, it’s occupied by people. And when masses of people come to one place, we don’t take care of it…
So how do we make it better? I heard that they’re digging pits down there for their human waste. That’s a flood zone. So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water…
What’s going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It’s going to be us, the people who live here.
The Washington Times also recently reported this:
Anywhere from 600 to 800 protesters have refused to heed the Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman’s call to leave the southern North Dakota camps, braving bitter cold and record snow to build a permanent community as a base from which to fight the fossil fuel industry on a global scale.
Fascinating, isn’t it, how the whole thing has been co-opted by eastern trust-funders and other virtue-signalers with time on their hands. They don’t give a damn about the environment or the Sioux. It’s all about them. No wonder David Archambault sounds a little like Leo Amery these days. He’s had enough of this: