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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Noble Savages

Mail-Online: The truth Johnny Depp wants to hide about the real-life Tontos: How Comanche Indians butchered babies, roasted enemies alive and would ride 1,000 miles to wipe out one family

Three of my four grandparents were of Indian descent (two in the South-east and one in Indiana). The reason that my father's people are not official US government recognized members of the Cherokee Nation is that our *immediate* ancestors escaped the Democrat's dragnet to round-up all the Indians in the South-east and deport them to the Oklahoma wilderness (cousins and siblings of my ancestors made the trip ... or died on the way).

That is just background for this -- it has always pissed me off that "liberals" and other leftists always try to portray Indians as solely innocent nature-children victims of the solely rapacious whites -- as though Indians are not moral agents, as though they are not human beings.

To the leftist mindset -- and "liberals" are just inconsistent leftists: they accept the premises of leftism ... they just don't, yet, want to go to all the places the logic of those premises leads -- there are two kinds of people in the world:
1) whites -- who are moral agents;
2) "our small brown brothers" -- who are not moral agents;
And whites are further divided into:
1) "non-racist" whites, who are "good/moral" -- that is, leftists, who are actually racist, and who tend to hive high incomes (which they mostly get via government confiscation of the income o wealth of the "evil" whites);
2) "racist" whites, who are "evil/immoral" -- that is, those who are not leftist, who don't condescend to "our small brown brothers", holding them to be less than human, who earn their living by doing work that other people value enough to willingly pay them to do.

Besides what Gentle Reader can read about the Comanche in the linked article, consider the Beaver Wars of the Iroquois against all the other peoples of the midwest. "The Ohio Country and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan were virtually emptied of Native people as refugees fled westward to escape Iroquois warriors (much of this region was later repopulated by Native peoples nominally subjected to the Six Nations; see Mingo)." -- when American settlers migrated into what is now western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and lower Michigan, those territories were *still* almost empty of people ... because the Iroquois had systematically murdered (or driven away) all the previous inhabitants.

Indians weren't simply barbarians, they were, most of them, savages. The whites who said, "The only good Injun is a dead Injun" had good reason to say that: it was generally true. While *my* ancestors were among those Indians who quickly gave up savagery -- not that that helped them what the Democrats wanted their land, irrespective of treaty obligations -- most Indians did not give up savagery until the last possible moment.