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‘The Merciless Indian Savages’

Posted on | July 3, 2020 | Comments Off on ‘The Merciless Indian Savages’

Because tomorrow is the Fourth of July — $17.76, baby! — now seems like a good time to recall the words of our Declaration of Independence. Because our public schools are a cesspool of organized ignorance, a few poetic phrases from the preamble expressing lofty sentiments — “all men are created equal,” etc. — are the only thing most Americans know about the Declaration. It is not generally acknowledged that most of that document is a listing of colonial grievances against the government of King George III. In other words, the Declaration is mainly an indictment, accusing the king of seeking “the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Presenting their charges (“let Facts be submitted to a candid world”), the Americans listed this among the crimes of “the present King of Great Britain”:

He 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.

As I say, our schools are cesspools of organized ignorance, and have thus taught students a lot of romantic nonsense about Native Americans as enlightened pacifists living in harmony with nature. Doesn’t it seem more sensible, however, to accept the testimony of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, who had actual first-hand knowledge? If our eminent forefathers had this to say about the “merciless Indian Savages,” shouldn’t we take their word for it?


A bunch of “woke” corporations have petitioned the Washington Redskins to change the name of their mascot, and considering how lousy the Redskins have played lately — they went 3-13 last season, finishing dead last in their conference — I can certainly understand why some consider their name an insult to those “merciless Indian savages.”



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