Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is a strongman and a thug whose authoritarian regime rigs elections, has control of tribal media outlets, regularly stamps out dissent, invades private property, lies to congress, disappears the opposition, abuses human rights, stinks of corruption and meddles in other nation's sovereignty-- including tribal casino opportunities, where he was the state SPOKESPERSON in pro-tribal casino referendums.
Pechanga Tribal Chairman
Is that any different that what Putin does in Russia?
We have congresspeople and media up in arms for Trump congratulating Putin on his election victory, yet in Temecula, CA, we have our governor, local and national politicians like Darrell Issa and Ken Calvert and local media like the Riverside Press Enterprise regularly ignoring the civil and human rights violations of their tribal neighbor and attending functions at their casino and accepting ad monies. Even the DNC and Hillary Clinton were Pro-Macarro.
To add insult to injury, Native American entities that rise up against a nickname, are silent to the abuses of people like Macarro, even honoring them.
There are degrees of sin and crimes, surely, but where does a line be drawn? How many does it have to happen to, TO BE WRONG?
Apartheid? Nope, okay.
Elder Abuse? Nuh-uh, that's okay too.
Theft of Heritage? LOL, what's THAT?
Election Rigging? Child's play
Stripping Citizenship? It could happen
If you get rid of your opposition and their votes, how can you lose? It's not murder Pechanga members fear, it's losing their share of casino profits, which can leave them penniless. And Macarro knows it.
Trump phone Putin to "congratulate him on his victory", media pounces after ignoring the fact that Obama did the exact same thing. Politicians stood up to apartheid in South Africa, yet stand idly by when it's in their own backyard.
Thanks for NOTHING Senators FEINSTEIN and Harris (and Boxer before her) and thanks for NOTHING Governor Brown. Failure to lead, failure to protect the defenseless and saluting corruption is your legacy.