Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Trail of Tears

Now remains Tuesday, 3 October 2006.

RtR posted this as a comment. Good catch, comrade: I forgot to include it. Sometimes I don't search my records fully. It merits the full attention of this column.

John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee, born this day in 1790 at Stone Mountain, Georgia. Challenged the removal order of the U.S. Government before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Marshall presiding.

Chief Justice Marshall, writing for the majority, overturned the removal order holding that the Cherokee were a sovereign nation and that the U.S. government must honor all treaties made with the Cherokee.

President Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson, ignoring the decision, ordered the removal (later named by the forcibly evicted indiginous residents, "The Trail of Tears")in defiance of the Supreme Court's decision, infamously declaring "Chief Justice Marshall has made his ruling, let's see him enforce it."

Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose.

Note the resemblance of The Trail of Tears (at least 25% of the Cherokee were murdered) to the Bataan Death March, etc.

Perhaps War George should be put on the $20 bill alongside Andy J. Anyone do Photoshop?


Anonymous RtR said...

Garrison Keillor gets the credit for this one. The post is taken virtually verbatim from his daily NPR 10 minute "The Writer's Almanac." Interesting that although he includes the births and passings of various authors in celebration of their talent as a regular feature, he took the time and effort this morning to write a concise bit of political history into the show by noting the birth of a lettered leader of what the U.S. mainstream popularly caricatured as a "savage" mono-culture.

What a very different hemisphere the the Americas might be today but for Andy's cavalier regard for the value of the peoples of indiginous cultures (Creek, Seminole, Choctaw and Chickasaw were included in the removal order as well) who had voluntarily attempted to assimilate as sovereign nations into mainstream U.S society under a Constitution that Jackson even more cavalierly chose to ignore in violation of his oath as president.

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