The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

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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."

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Indian Freedom

Americans are, as a general rule, a rather disrespectful, unruly bunch. At our best, we ask too many questions, insist upon our inalienable right to mock and belittle our leaders, and have the temerity to belive that our liberty comes directly from God. That attitude is, in fact, much older than the United States, and is probably, ironically, the greatest gift Native Americans gave to the nation that ultimately would betray them. The Founding Fathers, particularly Jefferson and the wily Dr. Franklin, recognized the democratic culture of the "savage Americans." Today, every American, black, white, brown or red, is the ultimate beneficiary of the Indians' instinctual sense of freedom and aversion to coercion and tyranny. Indian givers, indeed.

Hat tip to Rob @ Newspaper Rock

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