Thursday, September 23, 2004
George W. Bush has now gone completely insane. He just spent $125 million on a museum to commemorate the merciless Godless savages of the frontier who used to scalp off the heads of innocent Americans and fill their corpses with arrows. The Aztec and Mayan Blood Lords like Yax K'uk Mo' used to take a knife and literally rip and tear the hearts out of teenage girls while hallucinating from mushrooms and other types of dope as human sacrifices to Satan. We might as well have a museum commemorating the Nazis: Bush Marks Opening of Indian Museum (Hat tip: KingChooser)
WASHINGTON Sept. 23, 2004 — President Bush on Thursday marked the opening of the new American Indian National Museum, saying it will serve as a powerful reminder of the spirit and vitality of peoples native to the nation."The present King of Great Britain...has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers; the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions." -- Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
"The National Museum of Indian affairs affirms that this young country is home to an ancient, noble and enduring native culture," Bush said in the East Room of the White House. "And all Americans are proud of that culture."
Members of Congress and Indian tribal leaders joined Bush at the ceremony.
"Like many Indian dwellings, the new museum building faces east toward the rising sun," the president said. "And as we celebrate this new museum and we look to the future, we can say that the sun is rising on Indian country."
Directed by W. Richard West Jr., a member of the Southern Cheyenne nation, the museum holds 8,000 objects from across the Western Hemisphere. Four million people a year are expected to visit the museum to watch movies, listen to Native American music and see paintings, photographs, sculptures, masks, weapons, jewelry and medals.
On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Native Americans participated in a procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, beginning a weeklong festival in Washington to celebrate the opening of the $124 million museum. The five-story museum is situated on four acres between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, and takes up the last remaining spot on the grassy National Mall.
The museum opens with three permanent exhibits: "Our Universes," featuring tribal philosophies and world views; "Our Peoples," a look at historical events from a native peoples' perspective; and "Our Lives," which focuses on native people today.
The "Our Peoples" exhibit tackles some issues of interaction with the U.S. government and its European predecessors. It includes highlights such as U.S. currency with the faces of American Indians as well as lowlights, from treaties violated by the government to weapons used to kill Indians.
Not all Native Americans have embraced the new museum. The American Indian Movement, an activist group, issued a statement claiming the museum failed to display the tragic history of the U.S. government's "holocaust" against the nations and peoples of the Americas.
Indians have "nothing human except the shape," George Washington wrote: "...the gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf, to retire; both being beasts of prey, tho' they differ in shape." (Francis Jennings, Empire of Fortune, 62; Richard Drinnon, Facing West, 65, citing a Washington letter of 1783)Pitying the Almost Noble Savages
George Washington, wrote that Indians "...were wolves and beasts who deserved nothing from the whites but 'total ruin'" (Stannard, p. 241). Thomas Jefferson, acclaimed proponent of freedom and democracy, argued that the United States government was obliged "...to pursue [Indians] to extermination, or drive them to new seats beyond our reach" (quoted in Takaki, 1979, p. 103). Andrew Jackson, founder of the modern Democratic Party and greatest Indian killer of all American Presidents, urged United States troops "...to root out from their 'dens' and kill Indian women and their 'whelps'" (Stannard, p. 240).
After the Americans invaded Iroquois towns in the Susquehanna Valley in 1778, George Washington, determined to exterminate the Indian threat once and for all, ordered a massive sweep of Iroquois country, specifying that it should "not merely be overrun, but destroyed." Following orders by Washington to "lay waste all the settlements," Gen. John Sullivan's men ravaged 40 villages, burned 500 houses, and destroyed 100,000 bushels of corn. Some units stopped to plunder graves for burial goods; others skinned the bodies of dead Iroquois to make leggings.
They never, ever say "American natives," since this is only one step away from "American savages," which is precisely what most of those demon-worshipping, Negro slave-holding, frequently land-polluting people were.... This was one of the great sins in American life, they say: "the stealing of Indian lands".... That a million savages had a legitimate legal claim on the whole of North America north of Mexico is the unstated assumption of such critics. They never ask the question: From whom did the Indians of early colonial America get the land? They also never ask the even more pertinent question: Was the advent of the European in North America a righteous historical judgment of God against the Indians? On the contrary, our three authors [Noll, Hatch, Marsden] ridicule the Puritans for having suggested that the Indians were the moral and covenantal equivalent of the Canaanites (p. 33). In fact, if ever a continent of covenant-breakers deserved this attribution, the "native Americans" did.