The Local Crank

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Location: Cleburne, Texas, United States

Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, October 09, 2006

In Honor of Columbus Day...

...the Bush Administration continues to screw over the Indians.
Mary Annette Pember (Ojibwe) says it better (and shorter) than I could.
Tribes in Denver march to "transform" Columbus Day, but Scott Richard Lyons (Ojibwe) believes the holiday cannot be transformed or redeemed or recovered.

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Blogger Rob said...

Excellent article in the Cleburne Times-Review. I linked to it in my blog, Newspaper Rock.

10/10/2006 6:34 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Thank you kindly, sir. And thanks for dropping by. I noticed we had many similar topics on our blogs, including the "Homeland Security" t-shirt business. Nothing like selective outrage!

10/10/2006 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Key points have been eluded. The Doctrine of Manifest Destiny evolved by the Roman Catholic Church, being militant and triumphant. In 1095, Pope Urban II's edict,"Papal Bull Terra Nullius" proclaims land of no consequences belonging to no one which means the right of discovery to claim land in non-Christian areas. Inhabitants were to be considered sub-human. Pope Nicholas V in 1452 sent out "Papal Bull Romanus Pontifex" that these barbaric non-Christians needed to be converted and "civilized", could occupy the land but have no rights to it since it's God-given to Christians only. They could be put into perpetual slavery which monarchs could use them as they wish and make profit off of them as property and possessions. Pope Alexander VI issued "Papal Bull Inter Caetera" in 1493 confirming a jure belle, a just war blessed by God, thus the Doctrine of Conquest on all non-Christians and reaffirming Romanus Pontifex. In 1537, Pope Paul III's "Papal Bull Sublimus Dei", declared that :Indians" and all other people later discovered by Christians were truly men, human beings. Add this and Calvinism (Divine Predestination) that it is by decree of God that events come to pass which no reason can be given; God's will fixes an absolute order never to be modified by anything we attempt and heathen virtue is but apparent and that of non-Christians merely political and secular; all the works of "un-believers are sinful and the virtues of their philosophers are vices. Impulse and enticement are all the will that we have; there is no guilt or remorse. With these dogmas, manifest destiny is never-ending and is employed till today.

10/10/2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Your points about the role of the papacy in the pernicious "doctrine of discovery" are well taken. Unfortunately, I only have so much space for newspaper columns. I should point out, however, that the Jesuits at least frequently spoke out against the abuse of Native Americans by the conquistadores.

10/10/2006 5:32 PM  

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