Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 21, 2013

Take a grim lesson from the Native Americans


Greensburg Daily News

---- — Dear Editor:

Given the prevailing mood of “let’s attack the Federal Government,” I believe it behooves us to address the controversy between those who believe in a strong federal government and those who just as strongly believe in state’s rights, meaning opposition to a central form of government.

This theme was prompted upon reading that representatives of the 556 Indian tribes recognized by the federal government were having a meeting with officials in Washington.

This piece has nothing to do with that capitol meeting. What is pertinent is the astounding number of recognized Indian tribes–that amazing 556–and the part that may have played in their defeat by European whites in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

The Native Americans were already burdened by being, for the most part, a primitive, stone-age race. We whites had them severely “outgunned” in weaponry and other supplies modern to the times; however, I believe there was an even greater reason for the Indians defeat, that being the extremely “splintered” nature of their existence.

Had all those Native Americans been of just one “tribe,” rather than hundreds of groups, often engaged in bitter wars among themselves, that one large tribe could have presented a far more powerful challenge to the invading European whites.

While we no doubt would have still have triumphed in the end, it would without question have taken much longer and been far costlier in blood and treasure.This all leads up to the fact that the United States is a world power only because it is, in fact as well as name, the United States. Those states-righters who would strengthen the individual states to the detriment of the union apparently do not realize that such weakening of the union would eventually lead to “Balkanization.” I believe those who are constantly attacking the recognized government of

the United States are enemies of said United States.

Respectful disagreement is a recognized hallmark of a republic, but many states-righters have gone far beyond the bounds of civil discourse.

You’ll note that when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance it’s not to the state of Indiana or any one of the other forty-nine, but rather to the United States. How many citizens even know the Indiana State Anthem? I don’t,** but I do well know our national anthem, which, while almost impossible for the average person to sing, and which is regularly murdered by rock’n’rollers, hip-hoppers, red necks and other alleged “singers” preceding sports events, it is our anthem, and I, for one, am proud of it.

Blood, sweat, tears and countless lives have been sacrificed to preserve the union that some alleged patriots would now choose to tear apart.

To summarize:

* If those 556 Indian tribes had stuck together instead of fighting each other, their outcome might have been different.

* Those who push state powers over those of the nation are not true believers in the United States of America and its destiny. Some of these people are those stockpiling assault rifles in the vague hope that someday they will take up arms against the “fedral gummint.”

Best regards.

Norm Voiles

Rushville