Happy Independence America.. Happy 4th of July. Or is it a Lie?
232 years ago we declared our independence and freedom. But it wasn’t that simple. In the process, we annihilated others so that we can claim the land and “freedom.” We eradicated the indigenous American Indians.
An estimated nation of 12,000,000 was reduced to mere thousands and approximately 230,000.
The early Americans (Europeans) brought with them not only a desire and will to conquer the new continent for all its material richness, but they also brought with them diseases that hit the Indians hard. Conflicts developed between the Native Americans and the Invaders, the latter arriving in overwhelming numbers, as many “as the stars in heaven”. The Europeans were accustomed to own land and laid claim to it while they considered the Indians to be nomads with no interest to claim land ownership. The conflicts led to the Indian Wars, the Indian Removal Act empowered by President Andrew Jackson in 1830 and other acts instituted by the Europeans in order to accomplish their objectives, as they viewed them at the time. In these wars the Indian tribes were at a great disadvantage because of their modest numbers, nomadic life, lack of advanced weapons, and unwillingness to cooperate, even in their own defense.
The end of the wars more or less coincided with the end of the 19th century. The last major war was not really a war, it was a massacre in 1890 where Indian warriors, women, and children were slaughtered by U.S. cavalrymen at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in a final spasm of ferocity.
In other words, at the expense of what we called “our freedom,” we caused others catastrophes.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is part of the declaration of OUR independence. Yet how did we treat the American Indians, the blacks, the Japanese, the Jews, the Muslims, the Africans, and tomorrow the Chinese or other Asian countries… Are we living up to this declaration?
We claim to have founded democracy yet our forefathers will be ashamed of us if they could see us now.
Meddling in the affairs of other countries, threatening to or destroying others simply because we see them as different is not what our forefathers wanted from the declaration of independence. Now we are a brutal force around the world… just like the early Americans were when they first arrived.
All in the name of what?