It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
Paula Peters is a perfect illustration of this old maxim from Abe Lincoln. In the Cape Cod Times article about Saturday’s meeting of Tribe members at the Collins Lot park, Ms. Peters reminded us of just how dedicated she is to the Holy War that she waged against the former Tribal Council members. Like a gopher in the Whack-a-Mole game, she repeatedly pops her head up, only to be whacked down again in this blog.
You see, Paula is not a fan of free speech, especially when that speech gets a little too close to her “husband,” Tribal treasurer Mark Harding. Though I don’t think that his name was actually uttered at the meeting, when the subject got around to the millions being borrowed and spent by the present administration, everyone knew who we were talking about. Of course, the subject of finances was not the only point of discussion. I would like to give a summary from my perspective:
- many are disgusted by the distance that the present administration and their hangers on have wandered from our traditional ways of doing things and their outright disdain for any who would question their introduction of alien concepts like “clan mothers,” and their misuse of the traditional offices of chief and medicine man.
- Their obsession with casino gaming has led many down a primrose path of champagne dreams and caviar wishes from which most will never return. A good consensus is that the possible financial rewards of a casino do not warrant the slide into corruption and “me-first-ism.”
- It is no secret that some of our young (and not so young) people are risking, and losing, their lives with addiction to narcotics and alcohol. The present administration has done little or nothing to prevent the tragic consequences of this behavior. About a hundred eighty years ago, the men of Mashpee formed a Temperance Society. I daresay that it was a critical factor in our survival as a tribe. Where will we be twenty years from now? Will I be an octogenarian, leaning on my cane and seeing yet another twenty-something lowered into the ground or led to prison?
- Our elders are being treated with the most heinous disrespect. No, I don’t mean the phoney “elders committee” that Cromwell & Co. created to be an amen corner for the Council, but the real Elders in their seventies and eighties. We have traditionally deferred to the elders when they offered admonitions and encouragement. Not this bunch, they see them only as a commodity to be herded as so many cattle.
- It seems that the present administration considers the Tribe’s constitution, and indeed, even the U.S. constitution, as documents that can be loosely interpreted or ignored altogether. I urge all Tribe members to actually read both of these documents.
- I could go on with more bullets, but will save some for future posts.
Why do I pick on poor Paula? Well, just ask her—ask her about her illicit affair with Glenn Marshall, and how she turned into She Devil when he would not leave his wife. Ask her how she used her connections with the Cape Cod Times as a platform to further her assaults on her enemies. Ask her about how she bragged about putting Cromwell & Co. into office in 2009. Ask her how Wampworx has profited from her “husband” being a council member and Treasurer.
I had planned to discuss Cedric Cromwell’s “prepared statement,” but I now think that it deserves its own post.
I do want to thank Paula for providing this old son-of -a-gun with some big bore ammo.