UN is going to fix US Gov't - Native American problem. That can't be good.Submitted by fishyculture on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 16:02
The United Nations has suggested the US "give back" Mt Rushmore in the name of reconciliation. They cite the horrific way indigenous Americans were treated by the invasion of "the Founding Fathers." The UN correctly acknowledges that the Black Hills were part of the Sioux lands as defined by treaty, that the treaty was violated, that the Supreme Court has admitted to this violation and demanded restoration. The US offered the Sioux money, the Sioux refused it and demanded the treaty be honored. Now the UN is playing "Wise Elder" and saying the US should give back the land, that this is how we make it right.
I wonder what Russell Means thinks of this? It seems like such good news at first blush.... Do you see the Big Lie, grandfather? How can the US "give back" what was never theirs, how do they "give back" to you what was never yours? How can restoring an odious treaty be reconciliation? The Sioux never claimed ownership of the earth, I hope they do not start now.
But the UN is not wrong, either. The crimes against the indigenous people of this land need addressed, but it must be understood that punishing those alive today for the crimes of those long dead only makes a new wave of victims of injustice; we MUST do better than that. Dare I suggest.... we seek "Justice for all?"
The Constitution was inspired by the Iroquois Confederation. Plagiarized, you could say, although that would be a stretch. "Restoration" begins with honoring those truly enlightened individuals who shared their wisdom with men who took the concepts and claimed authorship of them, then not only denied the true authors the newly defined "Constitutional Rights" but called them "savages" and waged a genocidal campaign that continues to this day, albeit in a very subtle fashion.
The United Nations suggests we toss them a Mount Rushmore sized biscuit, I hope the Wise Elders demand they put it back like it was if they wish this to be considered "restoration."
We are mere stewards of this earth, "giving" patches of it that are not yours to give after you carved the faces of the men who destroyed your way of life and treated you like inferior humans is an elitist stunt. Who owns the earth that they may take this part of it from one and give it to another? Who sends a good and caring steward away from their homeland, rapes the land for its resources, then "gives it back" and pretends things are even-Steven now?
Dr. Paul - please talk to Russell Means and find the RIGHT answer, before the UN crams the wrong answer down our throat.