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It happened to the Indians, it can happen to the Tea Party

Updated on July 26, 2014
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It happened to the Indians, it can happen to the Tea Party.

October 1867 – The Federal government holds a formal convention to coerce the Indian Nations west of the 98th meridian onto reservation life. The government objective was to get the agreements of the Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa and various Apache tribes. The ever famous Ten Bears was present and addressed the convention.

The most notable tribe present was the Comanches. Since the introduction of horses by the Spanish in the 1600’s, the Comanche became a transformed tribe of power and war. They were to become known as a horse people. Unlike any of the Northern or Eastern tribes, the Comanche were the most devastating force any White, Mexican or Indian had come across. They did not farm, they did not cultivate. They lived from roving camps and hunted buffalo. They also made sport of stealing horses, raiding white settlements and Mexican villages. Often they would take captors. They did not discriminate, when whites were not around to harass, unsuspecting plains Indians would come under their wrath.

Manifest Destiny was a concept no Indian could understand. The Western frontier would be possessed by any white settler brave or crazy enough to claim it. White settlers homes threatened the way of life for the Indian. White poachers would destroy the livelihood Indians relied on via wanton destruction of buffalo. There was a deadly contest of land dominance, one where only superior numbers would win.

We know how it ended, but what we forgot are the words, the beliefs and the customs that would end with these people. The speech Ten Bears gave needs revisiting;

“My people have never first drawn a bow or fired a gun against the whites. There has been trouble between us…my young men have danced the war dance, but it was not begun by us. It was you who sent out the first soldier.

Two years ago I came upon this road, following the buffalo, that my wives and children might have their cheeks plump and their bodies warm. But the soldiers fired on us…so it was upon the Canadian. Nor have we been made to cry once alone. The blue-dressed soldiers and the Utes came out form the night…and for campfires they lit our lodges. Instead of hunting game they killed my braves, and the warriors of the tribe cut short their hair for the dead.

So it was in Texas. They made sorrow in our camps, and we went out like the buffalo bulls when the cows are attacked. When we found them we killed them, and their scalps hang in our lodges. The Comanches are not weak and blind, like the pups of a dog when seven sleeps old. They are strong and farsighted, like grown horses. We took their road and we went on it. The white women cried and our woman laughed.

But there are things which you have said to me which I do not like. They were not sweet like sugar, but bitter like gourds. You have said that you want to put us on reservation, to build us houses and make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born under the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls. I know every stream and wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted and lived over the country. I live like my fathers before me and like them I lived happily.

When I was in Washington the Great Father told me that all the Comanche land was ours and that no one should hinder us living upon it. So, why do you ask us to leave the rivers and the sun and the wind and live in houses? Do you not ask us give up buffalo for sheep. The young men have heard talk of this, and it has made them sad and angry. Do not speak of it more.”

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“Class Warfare” is the new Manifest Destiny for Democrats and Liberals

The rich should do more, the rich are selfish, and the rich are greedy. If this is so true, then why is the middle class disappearing? The rich need good middle managers.

Our leaders advocate we change our ways, we reform our thoughts and we succumb to the ideals of modern statism. In my heart I am a tea party conservative. In my heart I see the end of our culture. Be sure, it is not ending without a viscous fight. But also be sure, it is being overwhelmed by superior numbers.

The events in Norway are how I know. One mentally disturbed yet methodical man was able to fire indiscriminately for over an hour. The police were not prepared for this kind of violence; after all it was so un-Norwegian. It reminds me of the somewhat anti-utopian, future world movie "Demolition Man." In it Wesley Snipes plays a former bad boy who was rehabilitated with serial killer profiles and martial training. He begins to kick the Los Angeles police departments butt; meanwhile dispatch is witnessing everything live via city cameras. Rob Schneider’s character blurts out “were police officers, were not trained for this kind of thing.”

There are lessons to be learned by paying closer attention to Europe and the social make up they share. There is a group think and collective for which they are proud of and its fully their choice to practice. However, America still stands for individualism, we are the only country left that opperates that way, and so we are at war with idea's.

It should go without arguing how those from center left politics would love to see the United States mirror European society. European society also wishes to see the Unites States “grow up” and be more like them. Furthermore those of conservative and tea party roots are vastly outnumbered in the larger scheme of things. We are outnumbered in the media, the schools, and on the internet.

In a game of attrition, we are losing big. We all shared a small victory last year with a win in the house, but back home, our states raised taxes in many formats. In a striking validation that we are losing, California elected Jerry Brown and we still have to listen to Harry Reid. Our message is being drowned out by every bullet fired by a criminal. Our values are under attack every time Michelle Bachman opens her mouth. Congress is destroying our money and foreign powers are growing stronger than us.

"Our young people are seeing and hearing these things, they are sad and angry. Let us speak of this no more."


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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      @Wilheim, I believe the quote you are looking for is this;

      “It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life... or death. It shall be life.” (Outlaw Josey Wales)

      Terrific words that are lost on politicians today. Thank you for the contribution.


      Hello, thank you for coming by to read and comment. I really appreciate your thoughts and I too wish that more would pause, take a break from their virtual reality and check back in with human life. Our ships are sailing in opposite directions and our navigators are being ignored by the captains. The officers are treating the rest of the crew (us) like cabin boys. Its time for a mutiny and I am not talking the HMS Bounty. I hope to see more from you, thanks again.,

      Hello there, I appreciate you leaving a comment. You have a very interesting point, one that has several true ramifications. The old cliché “cant we all just get along” is okay if were sitting around a table playing a game of Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary, but it isn’t a very adult thing to say when dealing with real ethical and moral dilemmas. A Libertarian and socialist Democrat are not going to see eye to eye on about 90% of our country.

      What do we do? I will give up some of my values this year, for this piece of legislation if you give up some of your values. Year after year of this and we wonder why all of us are unhappy…all of us keep compromising our values so that were not even content. Were fed up! Multi-culturalism only works if the entire community shares many core values.

      Our government has forgotten that we no longer want to compromise our future. We need to stop forgetting when we vote, contribute money and man hours to their campaigns. Thank you Tara.

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      Tara_in_NE 6 years ago

      Perhaps we have become TOO diverse to hold on together as a nation anymore. Too many conflicting ideas, views and beliefs from too many incoming cultures. Wonder why nothing ever gets passed or gets accomplished in this country anymore? That no major problem (ie: the debt, education, immigration, etc.) ever gets resloved? That we're falling behind China and India? It's because of that reason.

      We're being overrun by people who DON'T share our lifestyle, customs, or values, or even our language. When freeloaders outnumber producers, you get a result like this.

      Great article. It hits too close to home. And it touches on what the masses here don't want to admit: multicultralism really doesn't always work.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I find your comparison to be scarily on point. Further, it shocks me how fast we have become besieged by values so far from freedom and independence. This hub delivers a much needed and important message. May it go straight from your keyboard to the eyes of the nation.

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      Wilheim 6 years ago

      Nice job Jason, there is much wisdom in your guns as well as your words. I think someone once said, those who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it.

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California


      Thank you for the very thoughtful contribution. You are right; there are those who still believe we are “A Nation Under God,” much to the chagrin of anti-establishment folks. What is great about that is they can close their ears, turn their heads and hum softly to themselves when we proclaim it. We equally do the same thing when they proclaim Dawkins, Darwin, Sagan and Hitchens. No harm no foul, different motives and motivators. What is harmful is the point you bring up about lazy hands. There are those who will complain bitterly they have no field to sow, so therefore how can they reap? Well, sometimes you have to be the field hand who works another’s stake until they can afford their own field. God Bless.

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      deano 6 years ago

      Hi Jason, glad to see the perspective of the native american delivered without prejudice and so accurate to the destructive nature of our own goverment, to those that appose sinking our nation into poverty and relying souly on goverment handouts to survive. Proverbs of Solomon 10:4.Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Our nation has turned so far away from the values that made us strong, I truely wonder if we can turn it back around and receive Gods grace and blessings for the future of our chilren and grand chilren. I for one will continue to pray continualy and place my hope and faith in Him. I know in him all things are possible. We are ONE NATION UNDER GOD and his purpose will prevail for those who seek him, and do the will of He who sent them.

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Big John, you’re a good man, you leave some very uplifting comments. Especially your third comment/quote. I like Chief Joseph’s of the Nez Pierce; “we shall endeavor to persevere.” And the ever apropos Celtic Call

      “Hearts of steel and heads unbowing

      Vowing never to be broken

      We will fight, until we can fight no more

      Till our final requiem is spoken”

      Thank you for your thoughtful contributions.


      Thanks for coming by to read, I know you have very different ideals and I respect the message you convey. I happen to be of the strong opinion, based on visual and audible cues’, that our course of disassociation and diametrically opposed views are unsustainable. We simple can no longer compromise our values with their values any longer. Our beliefs dictate we have first input in what our children learn, the other does not. Our beliefs dictate we do not pay for or contribute taxes to abortion and birth control, the others do. We stand for accountability and responsibility; they stand for collective equality and unequal contribution. Quite simply it’s the 80/20 rule. 20% of the population cannot continue to bear the burden of the 80% who contribute little to nothing.

      Norway teaches us many lessons we have not taken notice of prior. Their society practices the ideal egalitarianism that leftist values embrace. Norwegian group think is more proportionately shared and therefore they have a better working model of what the left wants to see in America. The problem is there are those in America who are used to a free ride and they really do not care about values and ethics, they want to keep the free ride going. In an equally eye opening experiment, Greece is witnessing what happens when you take some of the candy away from the free riders. They riot like a bunch of delusional teenagers. Our own values are coming to a head. We cannot simply turn down the heat to keep the boiling water from bubbling over, were tired of congress saying one thing and living a different life. I do appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Feel free to interject your vision. Cheers.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      The country I grew up in has changed. I accept that. Don't like some of the changes but they didn't ask me. I don't agree with the Tea Party on most issues but I am very pleased to live in a country where they are free to do what they are doing. At least that hasn't changed. WE all win as long as we are free to speak our minds. We just don't always get our way.

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      Oh and may I add, as David Glasgow Farragut commanded to his men during the Battle of Mobile Bay...."Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!"

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      I believe those epitaphs you speak of are to detract from the truth. I am an optimist. I believe this nation has come to far and grown too much to turn back. We have to mandate with our votes that we be heard. it's supposed to be how it works but the common guy on the streets says the same thing over and over....I can't make a difference. Let's face it, it's why the Tea Party was formed. The detractors said it would never take hold and have pursued that agenda with ridicule and name calling. they tried to make people feel embarrassed to be a Tea Partier. I feel much the same way Major Sullivan Ballou during the Civil War did in his letter to his beloved wife. He wrote... "I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing -- perfectly willing -- to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt."

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hey Ron,

      Thanks for the terrific comment. During our lifetime it seems as if history takes a while to happen to us, but when we look upon the past, it isn’t difficult to see where we are headed and what will become of old traditions. I feel sad that we cannot get along better, but we are all moving in such vastly different directions. Cheers mate.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Glad to see you bring the Native American into your hub, John R. Manning, and it presents a very good and scary analogy with the direction our country seems to be heading.

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Hi Big John, my you read this and commented quickly, thanks for being the first. Here again, we would like to think our representatives are hearing us, acting for us, but behind those closed doors, something different is taking place. I guess it boils down to integrity, I do not believe the majority of them can collectively act with integrity or honest resolution. Congress is like a Broadway production, we know the actors, we’ve seen this play, its old and stale. John, you are an eternal optimist, God Bless you, I do not share your rosy disposition toward our elected officials. I listen to what they say, and watch them act differently from their words. The Indians were considered heathens and savages, I have heard similar epithets hurled at tea party conservatives.

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      We are a democratic society but have, overtime, lost our way. The route to salvation of this great national is not in institutionalization or fragmentation, but that of pollination. We need to pollinate our citizens with the understanding that what they say, what they want, is what our elected officials are supposed to be doing. They are our collective voice. They have to be held accountable for their votes.