Tuesday, January 20, 2009

That is that... America has a New President - but, what did he say about tribes?

Listening to the Obama speech after his (late) inauguration, it is clear that he is a smooth talker - though evident that he heavily relies on the teleprompter... I listened very carefully to each and every word - and though I agreed with some and not with others - there was one comment in particular which should stand out as a warning to states, Indian tribes, and territories of America who pride themselves on their individual differences... Obama said:

"The lines of Tribe shall dissolve"

This is the fundamental problem with Obama and the Democrats - they believe that Central Government trumps State, Local, and Tribal governments... there is no lower level sovereignty - only cogs in the machine that make the federal government work.

Let me tell you why it is important that the line of tribe NOT dissolve.

* We are a nation of free individuals who CHOOSE to support a common goal - freedom, peace and prosperity.
* We are a nation who has a government - NOT a government who has a nation.
* We are a collective of individuals representing local differences - regional defining factors - specific needs and wants as a resident of our region and community - not a collective of drones.

The "melting pot" signifies the importance of commonalities as a nation, but it does not indicate the need to dissolve ties to regional needs, regional norms, regional values. To expect rural Kansas to accept the norms of San Francisco is absurd - though we should be able to come together in peace and debate our differences... THAT is the real intent of the government.

I would assume that Obama picked his words very carefully - so why would he specifically mention "tribes" if not for a warning to the Indian Nations that their differences will not be resolved under his administration - and almost as a threat that their nations will be dissolved, and the reservations - the last of the lands promised to their sovereign governments - will vanish like the rest of the once great nations that inhabited these lands.

Let us hope that his words are not "just words" - and that this is not an affront to the Indian Tribes of this land.


  1. I have purposely avoided following the inauguration and the events leading up to and surrounding them, but this morning I did quickly peruse the text of his speech. So quickly, in fact, that I missed these words about the dissolution of tribes. Here's a bit of context:

    "For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."

    And that we'll be "citizens of the world", blah, blah, and all that.

    And "America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace." Well gee, where have we heard THAT before!? Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.

    This is, of course, the nonsense of the "Proposition Nation", Ben Wattenberg's "Universal Nation", and globalism to boot. But as you rightly point out, the desire to "dissolve the lines of tribe" run counter to human social reality.

    Nevertheless the likes of Barack Obama and Ben Wattenberg will attempt to foist their unnatural worldview on us all. We can fight back by simply standing firm and saying "no." See, they're still under the illusion that no one can tell them "no." There is an *illusion* of a universalist juggernaut out there, and the univeralists do attempt to employ the power of the state to further the illusion, but illusory it remains, and one day it will become apparent to the Obamas and Wattenbergs of the world that it all has been nothing but an illusion.

    Forget about trying to resurrect the GOP corpse.** Stand firm; say no; fight to the finish. Truth is, we are local beings, not global ones. We know our own and our own know us. We are, in fact, hopelessly "tribal", by divine design. We therefore won't be remade by any of the would be remakers of the world.

    "The most powerful political forces of our time -- localism, secession, and confederalism -- vindicate the Southern Cause."

  2. Jonesie -

    I also caught an interesting bit of the speech at the beginning, where your "Localism" comment at the end of your text sparked my memory - he stated "We can't continue to argue over whether big government or small government is right, only whether government is working for the people"

    A long way from "ask not what your country can do for you..."

    What he is attempting to do is claim that small government libertarianism and free market capitalism is dead - and it is a fools task to debate their necessity... ushering in change means ensuring the nails in the coffin of the opposition, I suppose... dangerous.

    And like you said - same as the old boss... the old boss was no friend to free market capitalism and libertarian values! As the new boss states - "Just Words"...

  3. His boring speech was so full of race, unity, and conformity that I could only handle it in small segments. Obama's ideas work on paper as long as you ignore history and psychology. Maybe he has "hope" because he is "the hope", "the one we have all been waiting for". (Quotes are from Obama)