- Category: Imperialism & War
- Created on Thursday, 06 January 2011 12:12
- Written by Mike Ely
It was amazing today to see the Republican Right -- which is otherwise so fervently fundamentalist in its claims -- organize the public reading of a carefully rewritten U.S. Constitution.
The new Republican majority demanded that all Congresspeople step up to read outloud the founding U.S. document -- in an act of Tea-party-style adoration and worship. But to hide the reality of that founding document, the Congressional leaders removed from the piece any language which (they claimed) had been superceded by amendments.
This meant that they simply removed (from the reading, but NOT from history or from the Constitution itself) language of their "founding fathers" legitimizing slavery and counting African slaves as only 3/5 a human being.
Suddenly not so fundamentalist or constitutionalist in spirit or practice, they presented a Constitution without its defining markings of slavery and white supremacy.
One observor called it the "Huck Finning" of the Constitution -- echoing the recent mutilated publication of Mark Twain's classic book with the work "n*gger" removed.
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Meanwhile, another terrible crime of this country's rise was made invisible on its 120th anniversary -- treated with silence in much of the media and culture.
On December 29,1890, U.S. army cavalry murdered at least 150 men, women and children of the Lakota at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. It stands as a powerful symbol of the many terrible killings that mark this country's relentless and unjust "Indian Wars."
This massacre (and the great genocide it symbolizes) will never be forgotten. And we will never allow the rulers of the U.S. to present their Constitution and their Founding Fathers with the great defining crime of slavery surgically removed.