Monday, January 5, 2015

Bryan Fischer and the Gospel of Genocide

America's Babi Yar: Soldiers dispose of Sioux bodies in a mass grave at Wounded Knee.

The Bible instructs us that a dog will inevitably return to his vomit, and a sow will eventually resume wallowing in the mire. In similar fashion, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association cannot free himself from the habit of making incomprehensibly foolish and brazenly bigoted statements in defense of the quasi-genocidal dispossession of the American Indians.

“The native American tribes at the time of the European settlement and founding of the United States were, virtually without exception, steeped in the basest forms of superstition, had been guilty of savagery in warfare for hundreds of years, and practiced the most debased forms of sexuality,” Fischer asserted in a February 2011 column.

He insists that “the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality of native Americans” left them “morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil” – which is now properly the possession of Euro-Americans by right of “conquest.”

Since “the Europeans proved superior in battle, taking possession of contested lands through right of conquest,” purchasing Indian lands on mutually beneficial terms was desirable, but not necessary. Violent conquest was a form of redemption, Fisher maintains, given the irremediable wickedness of the red-skinned heathens who populated North America and the virtuousness of the European settlers who were brought here to “Christianize” the indigenous population.

Although it may seem as if the AFA exists for the sole purpose of keeping left-wing outrage mills well-supplied, the group does have a substantial national audience. Fischer, who served a short stint as chaplain to the Idaho State Senate, joined the group in 2009 as a Director of Issues Analysis. He is also a columnist and host of its national radio program “Focal Point.”

Most of Fischer’s commentary is an exercise in what might be called co-dependent pandering: He clearly thrives on the outrage of the progressive Left, which in turn revels in the outrage that he provides. It sometimes seems as if Fischer is playing a satirical character, much as comedian Stephen Colbert played a dim-witted right-wing blatherskite of the same name.

In any case, Fischer’s blithe endorsement of 19th century ethnic cleansing left many readers wondering if the author had just been extracted from a glacier. This prompted an unsuccessful effort by the AFA to purge the essay from the Web.

During the past four years, however, this theme has repeatedly bobbed to the surface during Fischer's monologues on his AFA-sponsored radio program. The claim that Euro-Americans have been divinely appointed to have dominion over dusky “savages” appears to be a key pillar of his worldview.

“Many of the tribal reservations today are still mired in poverty and alcoholism because many Native Americans still to this day continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture,” Fischer maintains. He singled out for specific condemnation Indian parents who didn't encourage their children to become part of “mainstream” American culture, choosing instead to let them languish in “dependency, poverty, and sterility.”

Proudly and expansively ignorant of 19th Century U.S. history, Fischer either doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care, that asserting “sovereign control” over the Indians required the systematic destruction of family cohesion in order to make them dependent on the State. Nor does he seem to recognize the fact that the murderous hypocrisy exhibited by the “Christian” conquerors alienated Indians from the faith – including more than a few who had initially received the gospel with gratitude.

Following the resounding victory at the Battle of Greasy Grass – or what the losers called Little Bighorn – the vengeful Regime in Washington escalated its campaign to annihilate the Plains Indians. Sitting Bull, perhaps the most celebrated of the Lakota chiefs, led his band to relative freedom in Canada in the hope of preserving their cultural and family life. Owing to Washington's intimidation tactics, the Canadian government assigned Sitting Bull's people a sterile and inhospitable tract of land.

Rather than watching his people starve, Sitting Bull led them back to the U.S. in July 1881. After being imprisoned without cause at Fort Randall, Sitting Bull was dragged in front of Senator John Logan to endure a demeaning lecture on the supposed virtues of servility.

"You are not a great chief of this country,”
pontificated the Illinois Republican, an exemplar of the “Christian” superiority extolled by Fischer. “You have no following, no power, no control, and no right to any control. You are on an Indian reservation merely at the sufferance of the government. You are fed by the government, clothed by the government, your children are educated by the government, and all that you have and are today is because of the government…. The government feeds and clothes and educates your children now, and desires to teach you to become farmers, and to civilize you, and make you as white men.”

Decades earlier, Sitting Bull had warned his fellow chiefs that the U.S. Government's plan to “civilize” them would entail the annihilation of any Indians who comported themselves as free people. The dishonesty and violence exhibited by the Regime that conquered Sitting Bull’s people left him permanently alienated from Christianity, but he did send his children to be educated at a Christian school.

In 1890, two weeks before the Seventh Cavalry avenged its defeat at the Battle of Greasy Grass by butchering hundreds of disarmed Sioux, Sitting Bull was murdered by tribal police officers whose role in Indian life was akin to that of the Janissaries in regimenting Turkey's conquered Christian population under Ottoman Muslim rule.

Sitting Bull had been arrested because of concerns that the widely respected shaman would join the Ghost Dance movement. This was a lethal pre-emptive strike by the BIA to prevent the chief from exercising his freedom of religion. Fischer, who is on record claiming that the First Amendment does not protect non-Christian religious beliefs, would probably regard the seizure of Sitting Bull as necessary to discourage “superstition,” and his violent death an appropriate punishment for resisting arrest.

After Sitting Bull’s assassination, Dr. Charles Eastman pointed out, the Regime, acting through corrupt appointees – many of whom affected clerical titles – “robbed the Indians, then bullied them, and finally in a panic called for troops to suppress them” whenever the slightest tremor of resistance appeared. Many of those bureaucrats affected clerical titles, and were the type of pharisaical functionaries who couldn’t look upon vice with the smallest degree of allowance – but could countenance industrialized slaughter as an exercise of righteous dominion.

The December 29, 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, which could properly be called the American Babi Yar, closed the parenthesis on more than a century of perfidy, plunder, and bloodshed carried out in the name of “civilizing” the American Indians.

Summarizing the views of Bryan Fischer's spiritual forebears, historian Roy Harvey Pearce points out that once the Indian had been dismissed as a subhuman savage, his very right to life was subject to the whim of his conqueror: “Save him, and you save one of Satan's victims; destroy him, and you destroy one of Satan's partisans.” In any case, the moral blame for the bloody deed couldn't be assigned to those who were merely carrying out a divine commission.

Ironically, one of the first voices raised in defense of the property rights of the Indians, and to condemn efforts to dispossess them, was that of Henry Knox, the U.S. Government's first Secretary of War.

“The Indians, being prior occupiers, possess the right to the soil,” declared Knox in 1789. “It cannot be taken away from them unless by their free consent. To dispossess them in any other principle would be a gross violation of the fundamental laws of nature and of that distributive justice which is the glory of a nation.”

Less than a generation later, troops commanded by Andrew Jackson, Washington's future successor, annihilated an Indian village in Tallushatchee, Alabama, in retaliation for a Creek attack on a military installation called Ft. Mims. Under the influence of the revanchist “Red Sticks” movement, the Creeks assaulted the military outpost in the hope of turning back settlers who were encroaching on their territory. (In doing so, incidentally, they also emancipated a relatively large population of black slaves.)

The siege of Ft. Mims was brutal. Some of the warriors killed indiscriminately. Others tried to distinguish between military personnel and non-combatants. One Creek warrior named Sanota – perhaps motivated by the desire to repay an earlier act of kindness -- placed his life at considerable risk to protect Vicey Cornells and seven of her children, whom he fed and cared for until he could take them to a white settlement. 

No similar scruples were displayed by Jackson and his men in their retaliatory strike in Tallushatchee. The village, which had no fortifications, was targeted because of its vulnerability.

Only handful of men in the encampment had weapons. They interposed themselves in defense of the women and children, fighting with foredoomed valor and dying where they stood with their faces to an enemy that had surrendered itself to demonic bloodlust.

After the defenders had been killed, historian Gloria Jahoda recounted in her 1975 book The Trail of Tears, the attackers continued the siege, gunning down “women and children until the ground ran vermilion.”

This still wasn't sufficient to sate the appetite for vengeance. A scout discovered that 45 Creeks – including women and children – had concealed themselves in a cabin. As if anticipating the FBI-inflicted slaughter at Waco some 180 years later, Jackson ordered his men to set fire to the pathetic dwelling and surround it to prevent the victims from escaping.

For what may have been hours, the air was clotted with the acrid smell of burning human flesh and rent with the anguished shrieks of tortured people crying out to the Creator for deliverance.

On the following day, Jackson's troops discovered a root cellar in the basement of the charred cabin. The assailants, who had endured a lengthy forced march to reach the village, were famished. They gorged themselves on potatoes that had been roasted in the fatty runoff from the previous day's holocaust.

If Bryan Fischer had served as chaplain to Jackson's saintly band of butchers, he most likely would have said grace over that cannibalistic meal, thanking God for the “victory” and asking His benediction on further righteous undertakings of its kind.

Over the next several days, Jackson's Berserkers – whose ranks included a disgusted and horrified Tennessee frontiersman named Davy Crockett – exercised the “right of conquest” without stint or limit, putting scores of houses to the torch and killing hundreds of helpless people. Overmatched and desperate, the Creek leader, Chief Red Eagle, offered himself as a ransom for the women and children who had been driven into the wilderness and faced death in a mop-up operation.

Like many prominent Indian leaders in the region, Red Eagle had European ancestry. Born William Weatherford, Red Eagle's father was an American settler in Georgia, his mother a woman of mixed Scottish/French/Creek ancestry. His brother, John Weatherford, followed the “righteous” Euro-American path. Red Eagle may not have read the Bible, but his self-sacrificing gesture displayed courage, compassion, and charity that were entirely foreign to the nominally Christian men who had murdered hundreds of his people.

Andrew Jackson never pretended to be a man of God. John Chivington, who presided over the November 1864 massacre at Sand Creek, Colorado, was an ordained Methodist minister. Under his command, more than 150 Cheyenne Indians – again, most of them women and children – were annihilated by troops who gave free rein to every imaginable debased impulse.

As with the assault on Tallushatchee, the American troops carefully selected an outpost that was weak and poorly defended. Chief Black Kettle, leader of this small band, was a known peacemaker who – like many others of similar convictions – appeared to be utterly fearless.

On one occasion, as Cheyenne warriors faced off against American troops, Black Kettle threw down his weapons and rode between the opposing forces, crying out that he would be the first to fall if either side broke the truce. It is a testimony to the respect Black Kettle had earned from both sides that neither was willing to risk killing him, and the antagonists stepped back from the brink.

On the morning that Chivington's raiders appeared outside the camp, Black Kettle raised the U.S. flag provided to him by Army commanders who promised to protect his band during their winter encampment.

Neither the flag nor the promises it represented were honored by Chivington and his Colorado Volunteers.  The ensuing slaughter, wrote Hampton Sides in Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, “is now widely regarded as the worst atrocity committed in all the Indian wars.”

At the time, however, Chivington and his men were embraced as heroes by the fine “Christian” people of Denver:

“Chivington returned to Denver in triumph. At a theater his men paraded their war trophies before the cheering crowds: Scalps, fingers, tobacco pouches made from scrotums, purses of stretched pudenda hacked from Cheyenne women. The Denver newspapers praised the Colorado Volunteers for their glorious victory.”

“Posterity will speak of me as the great Indian fighter,” boasted Chivington. “I have eclipsed Kit Carson.”

Carson, who fought Indian warriors in actual military engagements before becoming thoroughly disillusioned with Manifest Destiny, had nothing but frigid contempt for “that dirty dog Chivington and his dirty hounds … up at Sand Creek.”

“His men shot down squaws, and blew the brains out of little innocent children,” Carson complained in a letter to Army Inspector Col. James Rusling. “You call such soldiers Christians...? And Indians savages? What do you suppose our Heavenly Father, who made both them and us, thinks of these things? I tell you what, I don't like a hostile Redskin any more than you do. And when they are hostile, I've fought 'em, hard as any man. But I never yet drew bead on a squaw or a papoose, and I despise the man who would. I've seen as much of 'em as any man livin', and I can't help but pity 'em, right or wrong. They once owned this country.... But now they own next door to nothing, and will soon be gone.”

In 1869, as Generals Sherman and Sheridan busied themselves carrying out what the former brazenly called the “final solution to the Indian problem,” a Presidential Commission on Indian Affairs published a report that contained a bracingly candid indictment of the Regime’s conduct:

“The history of the Government connections with the Indians is a shameful record of broken treaties and unfulfilled promises. The history of the border white man's connection with the Indians is a sickening record of murder, outrage, robbery, and wrongs committed by the former, as the rule, and occasional savage outbreaks and unspeakably barbarous deeds of retaliation by the latter, as the exception. Taught by the Government that they had rights entitled to respect, when those rights have been assailed by the rapacity of the white man, the arm which should have been raised to protect them has ever been ready to sustain the aggressor. In our Indian wars, almost without exception, the first aggressions have been made by the white man.” (Emphasis added.)

As the report acknowledged, we shouldn’t fall prey to the Rousseauist delusion that the Indians were living in prelapsarian innocence and harmony with nature. Horrible things were done both to and by various Indian tribes. But as the report also documented, this reflected the fact that then, as now, there were fortunes to be made by cultivating and exploiting a terrorist threat.

The Presidential Commission
recognized the existence of “a large class of professedly reputable men who use every means in their power to bring on Indian wars for the sake of the profit to be realized from the presence of troops and the expenditure of Government funds in their midst. They proclaim death to the Indians at all times in words and publications, making no distinction between the innocent and the guilty. They irate [sic] the lowest class of men to the perpetration of the darkest deeds against their victims, and as judges and jurymen shield them from the justice due to their crimes. Every crime committed by a white man against an Indian is concealed or palliated. Every offense committed by an Indian against a white man is borne on the wings of the post or the telegraph to the remotest corner of the land, clothed with all the horrors which the reality or the imagination can throw around it.”

Chief Bigfoot's frozen remains at Wounded Knee.
These official admissions, remember, came in 1869. Over the next two decades the Regime would wage unremitting warfare against the Indians --reneging on scores of treaties, confiscating land as elite interests dictated, slaughtering the buffalo to reduce the Plains Indians to starvation, and mounting punitive expeditions that gave no quarter to the defenseless.

 “They were not subjects of fascism who clubbed to death infants in the arms of Indian mothers,” writes historian John Upton Terrell in his study Land Grab. “They were not Nazis who shot running Indian children to demonstrate their prowess as marksmen. It was not a dictatorship which condoned the illegal appropriation of territory awarded to Indians by solemn treaty for `as long as the waters run and the sun rises.' It was not ... a fuhrer or a duce who herded [Indians] into prison camps and let them die of malnutrition, cold and disease.... The bugle calls of American history proclaim not only noble victories and morally justified accomplishments. They proclaim, as well, base deeds and infamous triumphs.”

Once Manifest Destiny ran out of room, Washington turned its gaze abroad in search of new populations of “savages” to Christianize – and new lands over which to exercise “sovereign control.”

Among the first populations to be blessed by Washington’s armed benevolence were the Hawaiians, who had already been infiltrated by agents of politically favored corporate interests. In 1887, a junta of sugar plantation owners, acting with the full support of Washington, imposed the notorious “Bayonet Constitution” on what had been an independent, constitutionally limited Christian monarchy.

The usurpers’  charter “gave all Americans and Europeans, even non-citizens, the right to vote” while denying it to the majority population of Asian laborers, recounts historian Stephen Kinzer in his book Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.

Attorney Lorrin Thurston, who concocted the Bayonet Constitution, was an agent of the cabal that sought to steal the Islands on behalf of corporatist interests. Thurston appointed himself the Hawaiian government’s interior minister, in which capacity he arranged the coup of January 1893 that overthrew the legitimate monarch, Queen Lilioukalani.

As was the case with many of the American Indian leaders who saw solemn treaties abrogated and their people reduced to servitude, Lilioukalani was not an adherent of native superstitions; she was Christian believer who was educated in missionary schools. As the U.S. government consummated the coup by taking control of Pearl Harbor, the Queen described the event as “a day of infamy in Hawaiian history.”

The government that stole Hawaii would later plagiarize the Queen’s lament.

Following the Spanish-American War of 1898, the U.S. government announced its intention to “uplift and Christianize” the Filipinos, many of whom were Roman Catholics. In a speech defending this venture in murderous evangelism, Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota assured Filipinos that “We come as ministering angels, not as despots.”

After independence-seeking Filipino partisans displayed their ingratitude toward their “liberators,” American military commanders appointed
Colonel Jacob Smith, a decorated veteran of Wounded Knee, to bring his distinctive brand of enlightenment to the archipelago. 

"Christianized" Filipinos.
“I want no prisoners,” Smith ordered his troops as they descended on one village. “I wish you to kill and burn. The more you kill and the more you burn, the better you will please me.” He commanded his troops to obliterate the village, kill everyone over the age of ten, and reduce the surrounding countryside into “a howling wilderness.”

Smith was court-martialed after the war – not for mass murder of civilians, mind you, but for “conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline.” His sentence was to be “admonished by the reviewing authority” – that is, to receive a brief lecture in the courtroom.

Elsewhere in the Philippines, troops commanded by General Frederick Funston dragged people indiscriminately from their homes to be detained, tortured, and executed. In their search for guerrilla leader Emilio Aguinaldo, Funston's men made extensive use of the same interrogation tactic used decades later by the Imperial Japanese: The “water cure,” now more commonly called “waterboarding” or, as Sarah Palin christened the practice, “terrorist baptisms.”

During a post-war speaking tour, Funston boasted of his exploits, which included torturing countless Filipinos, committing dozens of summary executions, and ordering numerous massacres of civilians. Rather than being prosecuted for war crimes, Funston was given the Medal of Honor. Suffused with the impudence impunity brings, Funston “suggested that anti-war protestors be dragged out of their homes and lynched,” observes historian William Loren Katz.

Then, as now, there was no shortage of Christian clerics who commended atrocities like those wrought by Funston and Smith as heroic deeds in a war against a demonic enemy. One man of the cloth who distinguished himself as a defender of torture was Reverend Homer Stuntz, who published a monograph entitled “The `Water Cure' from a Missionary Point of View.”

As a commentator, Fischer divides most of his time between itemizing the sexual transgressions of non-believers and promoting open-ended war against the Islamic world. 

Like altogether too many people who make themselves conspicuous by their piety, he seems more eager to send people to hell than to teach them how to get to heaven – and his support for torture suggests an indecent desire to get on with the gratifying business of eternal torment.

Whatever Fischer’s profession of faith and doctrinal views, the religion he promotes and practices is the worship of the American Imperium. This is a heresy far deadlier than any of the indigenous forms of superstition it suppressed. 

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MarkinPNW said...

I used to be totally outraged at the actions of the Japanese Army in the "Rape of Nanking" in their war of conquest against China.

Nowadays, while I still remain disgusted at the depravity displayed there, my outrage is mostly with those who tutored the Japanese to build an expansionist empire (to counteract the Russian Empire, and perhaps also the British); that is, the US government under TR and other expansionist Presidents.

All the Japanese did in their Asian conquests (to include their atrocities in Nanking, Korea, and other places) was to emulate their American teachers.

Unknown said...

Hey William,

You seem to be missing a portion of this article (or perhaps have a couple extra words) in one place. The paragraph that starts, "The siege of Ft. Mims was brutal..." ends abruptly two words into a sentence.

Excellent write-up, anyway. I'm a big fan of your work.

William N. Grigg said...

Adam, thank you so much for your kindness -- and for catching an error that somehow eluded my attention through at least two drafts of this piece. :-)

Anonymous said...

Never fear the Messiah will fix all wrongs and make a glorious world full of rainbow unicorns and chocolate fountains with each according to his needs:

aferrismoon said...

MarkinPNW - the US sent Japan 13,000 tons of scrap iron in 1932 , by 1939 thius had risen to 630,000 tomns + high-octane jet fuel.

Not only that , in 1937 the USS Panay was destroyed and many of her crew killed. Apparently the US was very cross and got $2m [ I think ] compensation. The vessel was clearly marked.

WG - I think the Spreckels family, sugar magnates, were involved in Hawaii. Anyhow a family with some history


Anonymous said...

It is a horror to think in today mindset about what happened
on both sides.

I believe you have left out two important points that must
be included.

The first,This attitude of the moral
high ground comes from New England
Puritans.Before the War to Prevent
Southern Independence,the supposed
abolitionist believed they would
bring about a 1000 year heaven
on earth,by killing all southerners
and Indians, and by sending all blacks
back to Africa.Lincoln was the head
of this society,and continued to work
towards that goal during the war.

This is the mindset that prevailed in
the Lincoln administration lead by
the Union Generals.
Second, you forget to mention the
Buffalo Soldiers,blacks, that killed
many native Americans.
I am sure this was an unintended oversight.
History is full of Tragedy,let us hope
we have learned from it.

Anonymous said...

Every word of this needed to be said
And needs to be read

I gather that most people
in most nations
are ignorant of the ignoble parts
of their own history

Americans, I fear,
exceptionally so

Thanks, as always, Will

-- Robert Heid

JohnEllis said...

Purpose of planet earth --- To reach the ultimate conclusion of force

"Jesus said… It is written by Moses, 'Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But a New Command I now give you: Do not use force to overcome evil. If they strike you on the right cheek turn to them the other." Matthew 5:37

"Truly I say to you, that there is no man who has been forced to give up his home, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the spiritual kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more. It will surely come, in the life that has no end." Luke 18:29

Then in AD 381, King Constantine of Roman, he founded an anti-Christian religion called Roman Catholicism by publishing the very first Bible, the Latin Vulgate Bible which created 32 major contradictions in the New Testament, hypocrisy so perverse that it destroyed the true meaning of Christianity and made it impossible to have faith in the word of God. For example, comes now a true and correct translation of Romans 13:1, directly from the ancient Greek manuscript:

"Every man - government with its deadly force he must be in submission to. Never for an absolute is there force that kills if not under God. The reason being by God it is allowed to prove the corruption of it... Because of this then also taxes pay to government authorities who rule by deadly force. For the Lord allows it to exist to establish something, for their terrorism in this way continues without end."

So today, all published versions of the Bible are identical in thought to the Latin Vulgate, virtually all Christian churches are funded by the rich and virtually all who claim to be Christian will bear the sword for government, thinking they are killing in the name of God for government.

For in owning wealth, you become owned by wealth, as you have no choice but to kill to protect your wealth.

Anonymous said...

May God's blessing flow to your house sir.
Things that need to be said, to show the perfidy that has inhabited Washington DC since the days of the Whiskey Rebellion... It was not just indians, Hawaiians and Filipinos that the Imperium have ravaged, they began with their own. G. Washington himself being the biggest hypocrite of them all.

If there is one lesson of all time that needs to be understood, is the lesson of Samuel and Saul that was fulfilled by The System of Babylon. That; God did not want us to have Kings. That power corrupts, absolutely, the corollary being; Centralized power corrupts whole nations... paying lip service to God, while worshiping their true 'god'; Mammon.

We shall soon learn this lesson, again. For the hypocrites are naked and the Emperor has no clothes.

And people wonder why I say the Churches are anti-christ... I tell them the Mother of Harlots is Rome, and the Daughters are her spawn, the Protestants. Those who think they are doing God's work, are deceived unto the end.

Only Gnostics know that the revelation of John, was a message and a warning to the Churches, The white horse was the Holy Roman empire, the red horse was the Divine right of Kings, and the Black horse was the scales of democracy and bankers, now, to fall to the pale Green horse of the greens, communism combined with Rome and Islam?, those who worship death openly. We shall see...

The indian and Enoch prophecies slowly manifest, the evil ones destroy the earth, and the Earth Mother is shaking in tears. Now comes the Fire clay tablet, the knowledge of God that must conquer the Mystery of God. The Unified Field of God, the secret of the rocks, that must conquer the statue of Nebuchadnezzar, the Rule of Gold must be conquered by the Golden rule.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the hand picked generals that Abe the atheists picked for his mass murdering of civilians. Sherman is a great example to start. As history clearly and positively shows, Sherman liked to attack, townships, villages and cities at or during the fall. The only folks living there for the most part were woman, children and old men. Sherman would order all the grain and livestock his men could not take with them to be destroyed. His orders also included, were to burn down homes and barns. This was done so to starve and freeze those woman, children and old men as winter came on.
After the Civil War was over the taste for human blood by the officers and men in the union army was so demanding that within 90 days once the war ended. They were doing the very same thing to the Plains Indians, ruthless mass murder. That little damning spot of history needed to be noted in another outstanding piece of work Will has put together.

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian. " Henry Ford

Anonymous said...

So much has been done in the name of Christianity (not Christ...) and in the name of civilization. I have been a fan of your writing for a while, and although I haven't completed this particular article, I do pray that we realize that right now in history we have atrocities being committed by the "religion of peace" against Christians and others. One prays that the jihadis realize that their jihad will be answered (as is inevitable) by a crusade. When it happens, it will be every bit as brutal and bloody as history would lead us to believe...

evin said...


What a beautifully written essay. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write such an illustrative work on the unspeakable depravity of the US army.

I live near a reservation and have several native friends and I can tell you that the after effects of the Sand Creek, the Cheyenne's struggle, the persecution of the Nez Perce, even the Lewis and Clark expedition are still felt in a very visceral way to the tribal peoples of the North West. The sorrow and pain is still there and the traumatic events and the callous treatment afterwards STILL to this day haunt people and it STILL effects their lives; and I am not talking about depression. Some people still live where there families fled. They can say, 'I live here because my ancestors were butchered there and we escaped to here!' They can say my grandfather was THERE and he told me this or that! Hearing such things makes it feel that much more real.

I would love to see you write sometime about the Pacific NorthWest's trail of tears when the "Flathead" indians--actually call Salish but L&C were stupid--were driven from the bitter root valley towards Arlee and were perpetually lied to and manipulated to what can only be described as a plan to make them completely defenseless and vulnerable to the white people that killed and stole from them without worry of any sort of law applying to them. I only say this because I know someone whose grandfather was there and hearing the story for myself, and so close to home, it haunts me.

It was just a few months back that I had to edit Chivington's wikipedia page so that it properly frames what a monster he was along with all of his military accomplishments. I also added some of his quotes from Angie Debo's book on the History of the Indians and the United States (not the exact name) to give proper perspective about the kind of man he is. The army too; short of abolishing it and either leaving it gone--my preference--or re-founding it. I cannot take anyone seriously who would see pride in the institution even if they have a war fetish.

I love the Knox quote too. Things could have been so much different; I can only imagine the great things the children of these wiped out nations would have added the republic. Seeing them protect their freedom with such passion makes me wonder if we all wouldn't be living with a lot more liberty if these great people hadn't been conquered by the depraved sickos that always seem to be in charge of government.

Thanks again so much. I always tell people that you are the only journalist I know of in the Northwest.

Nome de Plumber said...

While I am normally repulsed by attempts at "White Guilt", this is classic stuff.

This was the third time Whites were on the North American Continent. The first were the Solutrean Whites, importing high stone technology and covering the land, but being attacked and genocided out by the Asian AmerIndian from over the Pole.

The second was the Viking, now we have found trading posts and whole Viking ships on the Mississippi river, but we know from written history that the Whites were again genocided out and driven from the land.

The third was the crossing of the White in the 1500's, now backed by steel and gunpowder, it was still a near thing. Many attempts to slaughter our people were a near thing.

Thank God we took this land and made it our own and damn right by Right of Conquest.

Anonymous said...

My comment is that at the bottom of the article it says "Click here to download or listen to this week's Freedom Zealot Podcast." When I did that, I found the podcast for January 3, 2015. It sounded more like a Bill Moyer program. I didn't listen very far into the program because I wanted to hear about the article. Was there a bad link? What exactly is the Freedom Zealot Podcast? Another thing: the section "About Freedom Zealot Podcast January 3 2015 talks about NYPD. Please help me understand about the podcast. Thanks

William N. Grigg said...

The Freedom Zealot Podcast is my hour-long weekly commentary that is broadcast on the Liberty News Radio Network and LRN.FM. My blogging and podcasting schedules don't always align, so often the most recent podcast is the previous week's edition.

If you're interested in
this week's program, cut and paste the following link:

Anonymous said...

Sorry if off topic:

kirk said...

American 'exceptionalism' defined in an article.

Paul L said...

Bravo! Keep on keeping on. Your words are as the melody to a beautiful song ☺.

Anonymous said...

Learned of this highly informative article via the Scott Horton show.

William N. Grigg said...

Scott is a national treasure.