“We have never been able to understand the white man, who fools nobody but himself.” -Chief Plenty Coups, Crow
It was the founders aptitude for greed masked behind the colorful eloquence of Jefferson’s pen which sowed the seeds of Americas demise. The Empire has no throne if justice is not blind. The golden dreams have been weighed in the balance, says the cliché, and they have been found wanting.
What the founders did not perceive, much as their posterity refuses to recognize, the more Empire perpetrates violence in the name of providing for the common defense, the more violence Empire will reap. America was founded sowing animosity into generations of the indigenous tribes, and truthfully, has been sowing the same animosity worldwide for generations. As Americans align on this day to be psychologically exploited for a tenth anniversary, Chileans remember for the 38th year how an American backed coup d’état on September 11, 1973 killed 3,000 of its citizens and imprisoned 27,000.
I hear the same excuse regarding the founders being men of their times. However, this does not excuse anything at all. It is merely a way to overlook genocide and maintain a smile in the happy pursuit of confounding father worship. If we applied the same line of cultural excuse across the board, Americans who rely on this argument have no justification for supporting war against any “evil doers”. To borrow the systems atrocious lingo, Americans live under an empire of “evil doers” who have set themselves juxtaposed to humanity. Tossing opinion aside, the fact is, what many Americans bow before with patriotic chills, so much of the world cringes before having been witnesses to the deathly ills.
The Empire was all fun and games when the gold and resources where on Indian land. Now that the seat of Empire has cast its net over the whole of Turtle Islands populace, the people posses the gold, and the people have become resources in themselves. The jig is up and the game is no longer fun because Empire is doing to its own what it has done to the Indigenous for centuries. Americans are waking up to some degree; and while it is a negative to note Americans are doing so only because they are now paying the price, I still recognize the positive aspect and acknowledge humanity is broadening its ranks and deepening its voice.
The solutions will not come from Americas past, unless those solutions begin addressing and righting the wrongs of treaty obligations. There is no life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness if the American Indians are not permitted to live by tradition without the constant threats of resource excavation and exploitation. The past only buried the seeds to what America is reaping. America needs diverse opinions right now to spark a conversation on a human level and set ablaze these tares.
When I look at America from conception to the confusion of today, I’m not filled with hate and I’m not conquered by dismay. Hate only blinds the tactician and dismay serves only to weigh life down to a crawl. No. I’m inspired. I’m inspired to be what I believe in the face of a system which chooses its words deftly, while it perpetrates war crimes so craftily.
America was a still birth which thrives in a state of mummification filing down its horns and concealing its forked tongue. But, no longer. This is our time. Humanity is rising. History will note, and posterity will see. The example of what not to be, has been irrevocably set in stone. There are no saviors under empire. The only chance the people have is within themselves. Pride comes before the fall. Pause and reflection are escape routes from pride. Will you pause with me?
1. Thomas Jefferson seeded the American policy of debt enslavement to conquer and subjugate the poor outside its borders -> courses.missouristate.edu/ftmiller/Documents/jeffindianpo…
2. The founders seeded the frontier fear mongering attitude, “the only good Indian is a dead Indian.” – when the founders opted for eloquence over substance in addressing the Indians in the Declaration of Independence as, “…the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” – www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/
3. There are multiple examples of treaty violations up to this day, but keeping with the founder era, I think it important to note that George Washington stole a sizable chunk of native land after the King of England issued the Proclamation of 1763 prohibiting settlement expansion – www.wvculture.org/history/indland.html – It should also be noted the Declaration of Independence charged the King with hampering “migrations”, “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” These founders were not oppressed, they wanted to oppress; and they did so in the name of all that is good and holy, before their eternal god of providence they evoked, and in the name of civilization.