Make Mine a Manhattan
It seems that an honorary member of the Crow tribe has just signed on with the Black Helicopter brigade and is readying — now, as I write, in some secure undisclosed location (Berchtesgaden?) — the documents of transfer that will (at last!) restore its traditional owners to their rightful enjoyment of just a tiny piece of American soil.
That would be President Obama, getting ready to hand Manhattan back to the descendents of the Native Americans who first sold off the island to the Dutch.
Via Jillian Rayfield at TPM, we learn that the Obama administration’s decision to reverse Bush era policy and support the U. N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has so terrified folks that the usual suspects on the right are ginning up the reverb chamber to declare that yes, our Black, Kenyan, Muslim, Crow Usurper has taken the next step to obliterate liberty and subdue Americans terrified and ill-informed elderly white people under the yoke of — who is it this time? Oh yeah, Native Americans (getting in line after African American teenagers on buses, Muslims, Democrats and the Zerg Swarm).*
Rayfield documents the usual suspects getting on board with this nonsense: the American Family Association (sic. Not my family–ed.); WND; John Bolton — through whom, of course, our friends at Fox News are chiming in. Bolton follows the “it would be irresponsible not to…” tack, all the way down to acknowledging the Declaration has no legal meaning in the US…but, but, but, “… there are enough judges who couldn’t care less about strictly applying the law.”
Look, this is fun and all, and yes, people spending even seconds seriously considering the notion that Barack Obama could or would just hand over chunks of the US to whoever he wants need medical help (where are those damn meds, honey?), but as usual, this isn’t about what the folks weighing in so ponderously on Fox say it is.
The Republican Party has only one genuine political goal now: to destroy Obama’s presidency, and more generally the idea that the Democratic Party is a legitimate party of government. Which is to say that our Republican friends** elections in which the other side might actually gain access to power — actual democracy — as an accessory. Such theater is fine as long it produces the desired result, the GOP on top. When it does not, then it is dispensible.
All of which to say that whatever the Republican party once was it is now a danger to the nation. It seeks not to govern but to rule for the benefit of its faction, not the country as a whole.
Factio Grandaeva Delenda Est.
*Yup. Proud parent of a ten year old boy…
**The actual party apparatus, of course. I’m willing to concede that not all Republican voters are thus convinced. Too many are, I think, but by no means every last one.
Image: Benjamin West, The Death of General Wolf, 1770.