Dear Readers: Today, the title of my post comes from one of my favorite films — Mira Nair’s “The Kama Sutra, A Tale of Love”. It is a tastefully done look at ancient India, and the line is spoken when the new mistress explains to the queen that she is bringing a “New World order” to her court.
There are many signs that people, currently acting under the old operating systems, are having trouble grasping the magnitude of change. There are other indications that certain Americans clearly see “the sign of the times.”
Glenn Reynolds, the magnificent Instapundit, speaks to this in his post: Nashville Shows Tea Party Is America’s Third Great Awakening. The money quote:
In less than a year, the Tea Party movement has gone from a few spontaneous protests against Obama’s stimulus bill to a nationwide phenomenon rating major media coverage, with several political scalps
on its belt. And these inexpert activists are getting better with practice at what they do, with a lot of room on the learning curve ahead.
It’s fun to put on a protest rally for the first time and have it work out, but it’s even more fun to elect — or defeat — a candidate. Or, as Tea Party activists are beginning to do, to run for office yourself.
The Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition has recently been blessed with a couple of boons, related to increased experience. Our President, Dawn Wildman, will be chatting with the Los Angeles-based talk show team of John and Ken (AM 640) at 5 pm today (or tomorrow) about theCitizen Power Campaign (against union domination of citizen discourse). Also, on Feb. 27th we are having the NATIONWIDE ANNIVERSARY TEA PARTY KEYNOTE SPEECHES BY SAN DIEGO’S OWN ROGER HEDGECOCK and RICHARD RIDER!
(From Hillbuzz, graphically showing Palin’s response to more elite media inanity: The reason Sarah Palin will be President in 2012, distilled in one picture)
As A Democrat, I can attest to the fact more of my party’s members are joining citizen activists groups across the country. Founding Bloggers has found a Tea Party Democrat, Jack Wilson, who is so engaged he is running for congress in Maryland. HillBuzz, a group of independent Democrats, is assisting California from afar! This team, who has a great deal of political experience, solid connections, and a sense of the possible, are clearly showing us Californians how we can defeat Babs Boxer in the November Senate Race: Who are Barbara Boxer’s main campaign donors? They also urge Tea Party activists to — Become Experts on Democrat Fund-raising!!!! Hillbuzz, the team that helped give us Senator “Hottie McAwesome“, is also assisting us get a quality Senator, Assemblyman and regular-tea-party-activist, Chuck Devore. Chuck’s website also has a great count-down clock:
266 days, 14 hours, 11 minutes until BOXER IS GONE!
Among the groups that have been most dominated by federal government rules and regulations are the Native Americans. I am turning over “The Shrine” today to one of them, who is hoping to help organize a “Tea Party” approach to help address a wide array of issues plaguing them from the mega-bureaucracy. He is a long time friend on various forums, writing under the historical name — Isaac Brown.
The Truth About this Nations Interactions with the Native Americans
Since the arrival of the first colonists ion Turtle Island, know to the Europeans and others who later immigrated here, as America, the name being derived from the map maker Amerigo Vespucci, Native Americans have been portrayed as lazy, unwilling to work, ignorant, heathen savages.
The Spanish made slaves of Native Americans everywhere they went, the colonists viewed them with distrust, even after the Wampanoag Tribe saved them from starvation. The Plymouth Colony, after being fed by the Wampanoag, ended up killing many of the tribe, and all of the chiefs.
The British and French treated the Native Americans more fairly, as it was more profitable to trade with them for furs than to send in an army of fur trappers who did not know the land.
After the American Revolution, conflict between the Native Americans and the fledgling nation were theoretically solved by treaties, both parties being sovereign nations, but the American Government always giving in to the demands of settlers and reneging on every treaty, all of which had guaranteed the lands left after the ceding of certain lands to the Americans. Every treaty guaranteed the lands left to the tribes was theirs “in perpetuity”, as long as the rivers run and the grass grows, and other phrases having the meaning of forever.
The tribes of the Northeast had retreated westward, while the tribes of the Southeast remained on lands east of the peak of the Appalachians and the Blue Grass mountains. The Cherokee had by this time already adopted the lifestyle of the English, and in fact had sent many young men to be educated in England at the finest schools. They had in fact, become more educated than the settlers who coveted their lands, and more prosperous in their agricultural pursuits than many of these settlers.
When gold was rumored to have been found in Georgia, American settlers coveted the land and agitated for it vigorously, until at last the State of Georgia passed an non-Constitutional law paving the way for the removal of the Cherokee. In spite of a Supreme Court decision that this was not legal, and a subsequent law passed by Congress under pressure from President Andrew Jackson, the removal of the Cherokee
and then the Creek, Choctaw, Seminole, and Chickasaw, was under taken, and in a most shameful way indeed.
All relations between this Nation and the Native American Tribes since then have followed this pattern, with the exception that in more modern times, most battles for our lands have been fought in court. In spite of the recognition in each treaty of each Native American Nation as a sovereign nation, our government has since the 1800’s the tribes like children, having established the Bureau of Indian Affairs to manage Native American Lands and resources for them, and always opening up the tribal lands to mineral exploitation and forestry in violation of the wishes of the tribes.
This brief essay does not cover the whole history of all the tribes, in fact, not the whole history of the tribes I have mentioned. The interference of the Federal Government through its Department of the Bureau of Indian Affairs continues today. Funds that belong rightfully to the tribes form land leases and mineral royalties are controlled by the BIA, who sets a budget for tribal operations that is inadequate for tribal operations, requests for additional monies for reservation improvement projects are tied up for years at times, when the need is immediate.
The biggest betrayal of all in this management of tribal monies by the BIA is the loss of, and inability to account for, billions of dollars in tribal and personal funds that have vanished and are unaccounted for. For this reason alone, I propose that the Bureau of Indian Affairs be eliminated, and all monies due the tribes be paid, directly to the tribes for their tribal councils to manage as they see fit and let them be accountable to the tribal members as they are now, being the elected leaders that they are.
It is also my contention that all leases of any kind on tribal lands not approved by the tribes are null and void as they were entered into by the American Federal Government
in violation of the sovereignty of the tribes.
The time is now to end the mistreatment of the tribal nations, and to enforce the laws in bordering States to end the murder, rape, and abuse of Native American women.
Please join us in correcting these wrongs! Those of us who are also members of the Tea Party organizations seek to end to the general wrongdoing of the Federal government against all citizens of the United States of America.
To end with an apt line from “The Kama Sutra”: I don’t need to federal/state/local government to take care of me:
I will make my *own* destiny.
And millions of other Americans, from a wide array of groups, concur.