With protests in full swing down at Standing Rock against
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Hearken back to November 7th, 2006. South Dakota had an abortion ban on the ballot that day. I was staying in southwestern South Dakota at a little hole-in-the-wall motel as part of a video crew that was working on a totally unrelated project on the reservation. Every morning as we gathered for breakfast in the lobby we witnessed scores of out-of-state white liberals with computer printouts, checklists, clipboards, buses, and action plans ready for the day’s work: gathering as many Indians as they could and getting them to the polls to vote against the abortion ban.
While I saw handmade “Abortion is not the Indian way” signs posted occasionally, they were drowned out by the professionally made, slick, bold, Union-Made signs and bumper stickers brought to town by the leftists hacks. It was apparent that the ban didn’t have a chance, at least not on the res.
I happened to be there the evening of the vote, and as a Christian conservative I had a keen interest in the abortion ban vote – especially so after having considered the well-oiled machine in place to defeat it. Naturally, the ban was defeated – it had way too much outside influence and tampering aligned against it. But what was more interesting was the aftermath.
The morning after the vote, those of us there for business other than corralling Native Americans and hauling them to the polls to dutifully vote Democrat still had work to do. We gathered in the lobby as we’d done daily, but with one difference: the place was empty. Not one single white liberal even bothered to stay overnight once they’d achieved their objective due to the cooperation of the Native American vote. Thus the “giant sucking sound” I refer to as these liberals leave a vacuum behind them once they’ve got what they want.
Do you think these anti-abortion folks care one whit about Native Americans? Nope. They saw a group prime for exploitation and took advantage of it to achieve their own ends. The same goes with “EarthJustice” or any of these other “environmental” groups. They see an opportunity and are more than happy to seize upon it. They’re busing in protesters, getting everybody all wound up, packing them into an area where even inciting violence is a becoming a real possibility. But regardless of the aftermath, do you think any of these people will hang around even overnight once this situation comes to a definitive conclusion? Think again.
Whether the pipeline is stopped or completed, as soon as there’s nothing to gain from rallying the locals and getting them all worked up these activists will be gone so fast it’ll make heads spin. They’ll move on to the next opportunity to protest, and Standing Rock won’t even be a dot in their rear view mirrors.
If you’re in Standing Rock and you’re opposed to the pipeline, fine. That’s your right. I urge you to consider the thousands of miles of pipelines already in place, operating safely, even many of them upstream from your confluence. Take a reasoned approach to this situation. But don’t let yourself be fooled by a bunch of limousine liberals who come to town and take advantage of emotion in order to treat you like cattle, a monolithic tool for their own misplaced activism. They don’t have your best interests in mind, and won’t give a rat’s rear about you or your sacred land once they’re done using you to accomplish what they want.