An upcoming protest march is scheduled in Samoa soon to protest the changes to the law relating to customary land. I support the concept of getting the truth out there. I respect the people who have arranged it and salute their bravery and passion. It will though, fail in its objectives (which as I understand it, is to affect change). In this post I explain why it will fail and pass commentary on where their real energy should be put. It’s an important post for those who want to understand the dynamics at play in relation to Samoa, as seen from a Christian perspective.
Samoa really only has two things in abundance, land and [unskilled] labour.
While it is an easily lovable people and culture, there is an ugly side to the country that is deliberately concealed. It’s lost its best with a decades long diaspora where the ones with get-up-and-go have got up and gone. It is populated by a largely proud and ignorant [as in uneducated] people with little Western-style engagement. It is a grossly corrupt and inward looking country, too small and too far away to cut the mustard in the modern global society.
Leadership has sold out to the NWO interests lock stock and barrel with current Prime Minister Tuila’epa increasingly in the hot-seat as the chickens come home to roost after his [almost] two decades of taking the country smack into its current predicament – rampant corruption and debt enslavement.
Throw in a bit of personal self-interest, a bunch of politicians who are . . . well, politicians and seemingly every second visitor to the island state being a tall man in a dark suit, with dark glasses and carrying a UN or NWO offshoot business card and you have the picture.
The March in Perspective
There are several things about this march that need to be understood, some of them hard pills to swallow for the well-meaning, hard-working and caring people that are behind it:
- Human, objective-driven endeavour is always polluted. The bible calls our hearts “forever deceitful” and the longer I live, the more I can see this in myself and in others around me. It requires a close relationship with the Holy Spirit – the capacity to hear Him built on humility and obedience – to understand things like Samoa’s land issues properly, certainly from a Christian perspective;
- Samoa does not exist, live, operate, or play in a vacuum. Global forces are at work, and this applies in a spiritual as well as economic/land laws sense. Even more so for a small vulnerable country like Samoa;
- The cry of the people is essentially a spiritual cry, for escape from oppression; for financial freedom and their seeking peace & prosperity. This is best summed up in the biblical concept of prayer for “Thy Kingdom [to] Come” – ‘Nirvana’ or ‘Global Consciousness Change’ if you’ve moved away from the Christian paradigm.
- Revolution (such as the Mau movement of the 1920s and this current wave of dissatisfaction) is essentially rebellion. It is a warrior spirit that seeks to overthrow what it sees as injustice, wrong and impose its ‘rights’ or opinions or values on others. This runs contrary to God’s Word in multiple ways.
- People-power can be hugely effective, but it is a trap, and a mask for pride. God dealt with this at the Tower of Babel ensuring that mankind was forced into the initial diaspora to prevent opportunities for united global domination. That is changing as we speak with centralisation of power and wealth through the NWO globalisation movement but this is predicted, and is only occurring in God’s timing. Democracy is the mechanism by which this ‘power to the people’ achieves its goals. (Usury BTW is the tool by which TPTB enslave. The two work hand-in-hand.)
- The pervading spirit of Samoa is the “spirit of fear”. All three control systems of Samoa use it and operate under it – the church, the central government and the local [matai] government. Closely associated with this is anger & control. It becomes deadly when self-interest and greed are allowed – they then take over.
- Cultural pride is strong in Samoa, with Samoa Mo Samoa [basically as I understand it, “Go Samoa!” – “Samoans for Samoa!”] a common cry. This is a hugely satisfying and culturally significant sentiment which helps create human identity and even purpose. Cultural pride however when running contrary to Jesus’ commands and the Lord’s written Word becomes an idol, quickly and easily. Samoans err badly in this and I have yet to see Jesus win out in Samoa when a conflict situation arises between Him and the culture.
- Samoa claims that she is “Founded Upon God”. This is a feel-good platitude that deceives the people. Christianity always has been personal. Jesus came for the individual not a country. He has not changed. It is technically not possible for a country to be Christian thus the entire basis for the people’s thinking is faulty. The foundations of thinking must change to put Christ as the footing INDIVIDUALLY before any march or social change movement can have His blessing. This requires the people individually to pay a price. This is the real heart of all my commentary and advice.
- The people simply don’t understand. They do not have the will to pay the price necessary. Humility lacks. Reality is distorted, abused and maltreated. They are simply not ready to handle the godliness they think they deserve.
As I said, I endorse the march as a means to teaching, exposing, sharing and raising the subjects that are suppressed, but there is a lot that needs to occur before meaningful change can be effected. When I hear people talking about the “spirit of fear”, and when I see individuals repenting of violence towards their children and matais serving, not taking from their people . . . when I see church attendance and faifeau worship reducing, then I will speak differently.
There will be a lot more martyrs though before that happens!
Samoan Land Laws
The laws of Samoa were essentially cloned from New Zealand in 1962 when Samoa gained independence. Land laws were however written from scratch, and built into the Constitution was what is called “Customary Land” a concept largely foreign to the Western practice of personal land ownership.
In the West we buy and own land in what is called the “Torrens” land system, like we do a car or a loaf of bread. When we own it we can build on it, do what we like with it, and it is “ours”. We own it.
Samoa, like other Pacific Islands and other indigenous people “manage” it under a structured family-use policy. In Samoa we just “use” it and care for it, keeping it in community in perpetuity. The net result is that all Samoans regardless of birth country or wealth have legitimate access to land somewhere, through their genealogy to use at any time they want.
This Customary Land is a little over 80% of Samoan lands in total and the potential for privatisation of this land is the issue at stake. The government introduced legislation that permitted the registration of Customary Land under one individual’s name (ostensibly to facilitate lending by enabling banks and lenders to take a lien out on the land). The way that they did this was a little “naughty” to say the least – they slipped it through, bypassing a few checks and balances as required to by the Constitution. The inquiries have validated objectors’ complaints that due process was not undertaken but TPTB have their law in place.
The horse has well and truly bolted as far as I can see and protesters are presented as just (in the words of the Prime Minister) “ignorant” and don’t understand the realities of life (and politics & big business)! From his perspective, he is dead right. Those in power, who are part of the system have the power (and money). Those on the outside do not matter to them. Simple enough?
Simultaneous with this land rights issue, the reason for the march, the Samoan people (in particular that Samoan diaspora) have becoming more aware and informed as to the extent and nature of corruption within their country. Prime Minister Tuila’epa, as King Kong up there, has been copping a lot of flak as word has been getting out of his misdeeds over the years in power.
Led by an anonymous blogger O Le Palemia (OLP) and a little from myself and others, the exposure of corruption has started to bite, getting reactions from TPTB that indicate that the war is hotting up.
Tuila’epa has attempted to find OLP using the Police. He says that he will criminalise defamation. Government employees are threatened that they will lose their jobs if they join a political march in their own time. Tuila’epa probably engineered and most certainly knew about a political assassination designed to let all know not to mess with him. He booted me out of Samoa when I threatened to expose his immorality. He’s been called a dictator and has the laws in place to bring in lethal force at a moment’s notice. He’s an astute and ruthless operator as can be seen from the above photo, one that I snapped on the way to Satapuala the day that Tui ordered this action. Satapuala lost their court case over their lands and blockaded the road. I heard that the PM was angry that he had to drive around the island when he came back from overseas and the boys with guns were sent out that very afternoon.
If there’s one thing about Samoans, they know how to use power when they have it!
The Real Reason
Apart from the core issue which I have identified above, being the failure to understand that meaningful change must come from God through individuals’ choices, the biggest concern I have with the land issue is that the primary reason for the land law change is never discussed.
To me, failing to get this message out is a fundamental strategic error in the activist’s work. Now I don’t know if they don’t fully realise contextual things or whether it is just that the strategic value of the context passes them by but the context of these land law changes is Agenda 21, and that Tuila’epa HAD NO CHOICE in the matter.
Whenever I investigate a subject I always drill down into the subject to get to the bottom of it. I want to understand WHY something has happened and only when I know and understand something can I then make good decision or give good advice. My aging father needed three and a half days of tests in hospital to find out what medication he needed for continued good health. The doctors needed to understand things first.
I drill into the accounts of companies I investigate. I want to see where the money is stashed away; who owns what; how and when the money got shuffled into trusts. When the Palemia ripped me off, I wanted to understand why he listened to Sonja Hunter and didn’t honour his word. I asked a gazillion people about it, formally and informally and “got it’ in the end.
I want to know WHY a man in power would risk so much to bring in land laws that changed the entire Samoan Constitution and put his reputation as someone who supposedly cared about Samoa and Samoan values at stake. Why would he do such a thing? Sure, personal greed is a powerful force but there is more . . . much more.
I said before that Samoa does not exist in a vacuum. The globalisation movement is a deliberate and well-controlled operation by TPTB (this is essentially the private interests behind big business and the central banks working in cahoots with the politicians of the moment). Secrecy and deception are the norm. There’s heaps to this but essentially how it works is that business (and that means the banks) buys politics and the people pay.
Land that is not able to be purchased and owned (the ultimate goal) has to be made available. One can use the military, bribery and/or deceit. Understanding that this is not only a global trend (something that is easy to accept for those with eyes and ears), but that it is actually deliberate brings the whole land rights into focus. Activists need to talk about Agenda 21. They need to explain it to the people. They need to show and explain how not only is the Prime Minister a liar and doing something that is going to affect future generations adversely but the reasons for those lies, deceptions and actions.
I believe that their goal with their march should be to expose the reasons why the PM did what he did. When the people understand, and see how their sovereignty is being sold BECAUSE THE POLITICIANS HAVE NO CHOICE, only then can they see that the Lord is the only hope. Expecting the PM to reverse a law that already exists for a decade, that was introduced because it HAD to be is totally unrealistic.
The same thing applies to chasing Climate Change monies; the introduction of women’s rights; reduction in the tree-felling; fisheries; health; policing; refugees; citizenship – you name it!
Let’s tidy this all up then with a quick summary. There is a protest march planned. It will fail in its objectives to achieve change. TPTB will make sure of that. They will use lethal force if they have to and they have the means to do this with international support for the rule of [their] law.
The march MAY increase awareness of the issues and give a feelgood for a few people. It will have little lasting impact because it is people-power based, is rebellion-based, feeds the cultural pride that runs contrary God’s call. He instead seeks individual Samoans to turn to Him, personally, an act from which He can then affect the change that He wants for Samoa.
I conclude with attention on the emotions/feelings of the reader – you. Thank you for swinging by and reading. If you are a Samoan and if you’ve found anything challenging here – good. I’m pleased and my time invested in sharing has been worthwhile.
It is my wish that those who have a genuine faith have it lifted from my words. Jesus always spoke the truth but His solutions were always conditional – do this and be healed; do that and be saved. In every instance His words required those He spoke to to HEAR and then OBEDIENCE. Mostly this required a huge price. Sadly I predict that Samoa will need dead bodies in the street before they turn to Him for the real resolution to the land rights issues. Their land has already been ‘sold’. Hopefully they will learn from the martyrs and the coming generation has an ear to listen and a mind to obey.