American Indian / Native American nations were once treated as being the Sovereign nations that they truly are. Hundreds of treaties were established with these First Nations, only to be dishonored by Congress through repeated legislative attacks. In 1871, the Indian Appropriations Act dealt a death-blow to recognition of the Tribal Nations as being independent. Later, the Snyder Act made it “clear” that American Indians are U.S. Citizens. The treatment of Natives, by the U.S. Government, has been damaging at best, with the original inhabitants alternately being treated as “wards of the state” or as separate entities for which the federal government felt no obligation. In other words, the approach has been haphazard, unfair and always in favor of the U.S. government behaving irresponsibly and disrespectfully. There is no independent, accountable legal entity to hold the government accountable and to protect First Nations people. This type of problem is also international.
Protecting and preserving the natural environment is a top priority. Living sustainably means leaving more natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.
Internationally, plants and animals are disappearing due to:
- Habitat loss from over-development
- Ecosystem disruption by pollution, war and climate instability
- Predation for bush-meat, “aphrodisiac” horns and other animal-part trade, and pet trade
- Other stressors brought on by humans not being cognizant or concerned over the consequences of their actions and choices
This is an especially critical time for humanity to be upright and bold in our approach to helping maintain species diversity and health. Living more sustainably is important for us and all-our-relations.
The stresses felt by many in the middle and lower economic classes are not felt or understood by most politicians. Government ought to mediate to lessen the burden, and to help us move toward a more just and sustainable economy. The current tie between government and big business prohibits solutions that help a majority of people, what with legislators being more concerned with continuing the status quo and favoring the largest campaign contributors. Your participation in the Green Party will help change this.
Adjusted for inflation, current salaries do not buy the same goods and services that they did 30 years ago. The problem is not with poor productivity. People on the planet are working harder than ever. Production is “up.” The problem is that people in power and the policies they push have shifted all the gains to benefit only a small segment of the population.
Lots to do, here! One problem with “big money” in politics is that it doesn’t buy the best solutions. Congress writes votes and passes legislation in line with their largest contributors.
Solutions for the majority of people are often left out.
The current system of lobbying amounts to legalized bribery. Bribery is wrong. We need to end paid lobbying and its effects.