A poem about George W. Bush and the Indian Chief Geronimo was written by: Sweet_one4now Sweet sent it to me, and I decided to include it here for you. Read it carefully. It conveys the feelings that many Americans are experiencing. I have recieved more than a few letters and comments from people who feel the same way. Sweet’s feelings are part of a growing sentiment sweeping our nation at this bleak time in our history.
Where is Geronimo when you need him?
The War is a joke
They’re sheeple folk
They believe the lie
They’re scared as hell
But the war on terror’s
Fake as hell
This War on terror
It frighten’s me
It sickens me to no end
Is Bush our enemy
Or our friend
The answer is no
Neither him Nor Rice
They’re simply foes
Need I tell you twice
What is to become of us
Are we mindless sheeple
Or do we believe in the rights
Of “We The People”
How much more will they make us give up
Our freedom is already dead
Or will they just use a gun
and shut us all up
Or maybe a gulag
God, I wish I knew a hero
Thats what we get
But he wears a black hat
In old America you couldn’t get away with that
Do you realize that most of you people
Are mindless sheeple
Yes Sir Yes Ma’am
I dont mind
Do it again
Go ahead and take our rights
We wont fight
They’re yours to take
Even though the truth is
You’re really a fake
So what will you do
Stand up for your rights
Will you put up a fight
Or will you give in
And let it happen
All over again
Where is Geronimo when you need him? (end of poem)
The Story of Geronimo
Geronimo was a hero. He fought to defend his people who were stepped on and abused by the U.S. Government and the military. Read a little bit about Geronimo.
Geronimo, a Bedonkohe Apache leader of the Chiricahua Apache, led his people’s defense of their homeland against the U.S. military after the death of Cochise.
Encroaching U.S. miners, settlers, and military men had begun to disrupt Apache life, taking land, instigating conflict, and subjecting the Indians to white laws. In 1863, when U.S. soldiers used force to establish a post in Chiricahua country and murdered Mangas Coloradas under a flag of truce, bloody warfare ensued. Geronimo apparently fought under Cochise, Victorio, and others, but the Apaches were overpowered.
In the early 1870s, Lieutenant Colonel George F. Crook, commander of the Department of Arizona, had succeeded in establishing relative peace in the territory. The management of his successors, however, was disastrous. In 1874, some 4,000 Apaches were forcibly moved by U.S. authorities to a reservation at San Carlos, a barren wasteland in east-central Arizona.
By the early 1870s, most Apache bands, threatened with extermination and starvation, had accepted peace terms and reservations. Yet many of them detested the new life. They were expected to become Christian farmers under deplorable conditions that included confinement, hunger, and white supervision.
Deprived of traditional tribal rights, short on rations and homesick, they revolted. Spurred by Geronimo, hundreds of Apaches left the reservation to resume their war against the whites.
In 1876, Geronimo protested the Chiricahuas’ removal to the desolate San Carlos Reservation by fleeing with his family. Although captured, arrested, and transported to a San Carlos guardhouse, he did not end his opposition to the government’s program. In 1878 Geronimo and his supporters joined other Apaches in Mexico, but in the winter of 1880, tired of fighting, they returned to San Carlos. In September 1881 Geronimo and others bolted after U.S. soldiers forcefully suppressed a religious gathering. Geronimo and others stormed San Carlos the following spring and led hundreds of Apaches in a desperate bid for freedom.
During these outbreaks, defiant Apaches raided Mexican and U.S. settlements, fighting soldiers and settlers on both sides of the border. Though Mexicans and white Americans had been massacring Apaches for years, land-hungry settlers and government officials nevertheless branded the Apaches as murderous renegades who deserved death, imprisonment, or banishment. Geronimo in particular became targeted for elimination.
Geronimo was the last Apache fighting force. He became the most famous Apache of all for standing against the U.S. government and for holding out the longest.
During his final battle, at least 5,000 white soldiers and 500 Indian auxiliaries were employed at various times in the capture of Geronimo’s small band. Five months and 1,645 miles later, Geronimo was tracked to his camp in Mexico’s Sonora mountains.
At a conference on Sept. 3, 1886, at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona, Miles induced Geronimo to surrender once again, promising him that, after an indefinite exile in Florida, he and his followers would be permitted to return to Arizona.
The promise was never kept. He never saw Arizona again. Geronimo and his fellow prisoners were put to hard labor, and it was May 1887 before he saw his family. Moved to Fort Sill in the Oklahoma Territory in 1892.
In 1892, 388 survivors were shipped to Fort Sill, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Once there, Geronimo converted to Christianity. He also told his experiences to S. M. Barrett, who recorded and edited his story in Geronimo’s Story of His Life, published in 1907. Still a prisoner of war and longing for home, Geronimo died of pneumonia at Fort Sill on February 17, 1909.
Congress finally released the Apache prisoners in 1913. One hundred eighty-seven of them went to the Mescalero Reservation, and seventy-eight stayed in Oklahoma. By then, Geronimo had become an American legend.
This great Apache warrior defied and eluded Federal authority for more than 25 years.
” I know that if my people were placed in that mountainous region lying around the head waters of the Gila River they would live in peace and act according to the will of the President. They would be prosperous and happy in tilling the soil and learning the civilization of the white men, whom they now respect. Could I but see this accomplished, I think I could forget all the wrongs that I have ever received, and die a contented and happy old man. But we can do nothing in this matter ourselves-we must wait until those in authority choose to act. If this cannot be done during my lifetime-if I must die in bondage- I hope that the remnant of the Apache tribe may, when I am gone, be granted the one privilege which they request-to return to Arizona. I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.” ~~Geronimo~~
Geronimo: Chiricahua Apache. (1829-1909)
To the Apaches, Geronimo embodied the very essence of the Apache values: agressiveness and courage in the face of difficulty. These qualities are the very ones that we all need now as we go through this difficult time in history. Stand up for the country. IMPEACH BUSH NOW
Reference Material: S. M. Barrett, Geronimo’s Story of His Life (New York: Duffield & Co., 1907); Angie Debo, Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1976).
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