The Doctrine of Discovery – Not knowing history, not knowing you are a fool

Professor Robert J Miller wrote the following paragraphs in the Seattle Post –the Intelligencer with the title ‘Lewis & Clark, The Doctrine of Discovery and American Indians’. 

‘Meriwether Lewis and William Clark sit high in the pantheon of American folk heroes. Even today, Lewis and Clark are viewed as brave adventurers who went where no one had gone before, exploring and conquering the wilderness for the betterment of America.

There is another way to view Lewis and Clark, however, which is nearer to the truth. Lewis and Clark were military officers serving American empire and manifest destiny and they were the vanguard of American policies that ultimately robbed the indigenous peoples of nearly everything they possessed.’

Many of the celebrated American pioneers like Davy Crockett and many more, were transformed in American legends as heroes but were in fact Indian killers and Indian land grabbers.  The brutal and systematic execution and termination of the American Indians were stories that western media did not like to brag about or did not have the stomach to write about.

I will just quote a few paragraphs from The Doctrine of Discovery and US Expansion to enlighten those who think they are enlightened on early American history and European conquest of the world.

The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution in 1787,

‘The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians, their land and property shall never be taken without their consent, and, in their property, rights, and liberty, they shall never be invaded or disturbed.’

In 1794, ‘the US government sent a regiment led by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne to conquer a confederation of American Indian tribes attempting to keep hold of their lands. At the Battle of Fallen Timbers, a band of 800 Native Americans was slaughtered and 5,000 acres of crops were destroyed. ‘

In 1830, the Indian Removal Act was passed, ‘which authorized the President to remove the remaining Eastern Indians to lands west of the Mississippi. Between 1938 and 1939, under President Andrew Jackson, 15,000 Cherokee Indians were forcibly taken from their land, herded into makeshift forts, and made to march some in chains – a thousand miles to present day Oklahoma. Over 4,000 Cherokee died from hunger, disease and exhaustion on what they called Nunna dual Tsuny or the Trail of Tears.’

The rape of the Native Indians and their lands started in 1095 when ‘Pope Urban II issued an edict – the Papal Bull Terra Nullius (meaning empty land). It gave the kings and princes of Europe the right to “discover” or claim land in non Christian areas….These edicts treated non Christians as uncivilized and subhuman, and therefore without rights to any land or nation. Christian leaders claimed a God-given right to take control of all lands and used this idea to justify war, colonization, and even slavery…. In 1823, the Doctrine of Discovery was written into US law as a way to deny land right to the Native Americans in the Supreme Court… ‘

And in 1845, John O’Sullivan gave the Doctrine of Discovery another twist, calling it Manifest Destiny …’the right of our manifest destiny to over spread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty…’

The Doctrine of Discovery, sounding so innocent, was the seed of European conquest of the world and the colonization of non Christian people, including butchery and massacres of natives and the robbing of their land. Liberty and freedom were only for the European Christians, not for the non Christians, not for the American Natives, not for the Blacks and not for Africans and Asians.

Know your history and absolve yourself from being made a fool of by the western powers and media.


Anonymous said...

Not only is RB anti-USA he is also anti-european. Only Easterners are good, right?

Anonymous said...

Know how Hawaii was conquered. This is good enough proof.

ℳatilah_$ingapura said...

Lessons to be learnt from history:

1. You can never trust a government. [Solution: form your own voluntary alliances, make friends, treat your relationships well, build trust and support]

2. If you cannot protect yourself, people from "other tribes" will sooner or later kill you and take your shit. [Solution: arm and learn to defend yourself. Band together with your fellow citizens to become a loose "citizen's militia" where you are vigilant and defend yourselves]

3. The government's tendency to break The Constitution is UNIVERSAL. [Solution: sue the government. Sack the authority who violates the constitution, then throw them in jail for treason]

4. When govt and religious dogma get together, get the fuck out and far away as possible. [Solution: no solution. Save your own ass. Get the fuck away ASAP.]

A note on point 3: Before the "chattering classes" had access to Hong Lim Park, it was illegal to assemble in public, even though the Singapore constitution guarantees the citizens the right to peaceful assembly. The PAP-led Singapore govt. said "Given the history of violent riots, we're not allowing anyone to assemble in public".

So did the PAP violate the constitution. No, according to them. You be the judge.

Anyway folks, I'm not affiliated with this person in any way, but I think they are going to do a good job. Come, let's help this person become famous :-)


Anonymous said...

Not only is RB anti-USA he is also anti-european

why nobody say that western media, western govt are anti CHINESE, ANTI CCP
when they only published negative news about CHINA , CCP and chinese people.

Anonymous said...

Why no one says westerners are anti Red Indians, anti blacks? Why they never admit they killed Red Indians, robbed their lands and put the blacks into slavery?

Today they are anti China, anti Chinese?

Anonymous said...

Well, history is written by victors. This is true for the West and also in the East. Please do not cry foul. Standard human behaviour.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Stating truths and facts are anti Americans and anti westerners? Stating untruths and fabricating untruths is pro Americans and westerners?

To me it is about pro facts and truths. Many cannot stand the look of their face in the mirror so refuse to look into the mirror and think everything is so beautiful, including their ugly faces.

agongkia said...

Uncle RB
Always remember that many here are those Peter Lee ,Robert Tan and George Teo etc.

Another generation or 2 you will see them claiming this little red dot is an island drifted away from west or the uk.What for u talk about history here.

So wiser for you to talk about domestic affair.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Then they need to read the Doctrine of Discovery more to understand what really happened then.