Much of our history is filled with opportunism WITHOUT self control or God’s leading being a part of that exploration, this is NOT God’s fault but ours as a nation. So it is important to understand that many historical settings were plainly UNCONSTITUTIONAL in nature AND UNGODLY in their viewpoint, the USEFUL IDIOTS of the time being used by the powers that be.
When we look at the circumstances surrounding certain happenings in history its very important that we UNLIKE those who have a personal agenda, like the useful idiots, use our heads to get to the bottom of the WHY of history.
The American Indian was FAR FROM INNOCENT and very far from being God fearing people, while some of their practices can be traced to biblical practices they were after all “Pagan institutions” developed over Centuries of practice! The further away from their biblical roots the more polluted with “Pagan ideas” their lives became.
The useful idiots love to develop story lines of Christian vs Indian practice and surrounding that with Land grabbing and murder, because that sells press not the MANY STORIES of Christian and Indian cooperation. The MANY years of peace mean little to the idiots that serve bad press.
It must be understood that as long as God’s Love and Laws were obeyed within the confines of history there was peace and understanding and when those rules were broken for ANY REASON – war and death followed and NO NATION ON EARTH WAS OR IS EXEMPT.
History must be tempered with PROPER background, and that background must be tempered with PROPER facts tempered by THE TRUTH OF GOD. Those who USE History as their “personal agenda creator” are the worst kind of people.
They look at issues in history like “Slavery or Indian affairs” and superimpose upon them a “Modern mindset of agendas” that did not exist then, this is changing history IN ANOTHER TIME PERIOD to serve an agenda NOW IN THIS TIME. Not to avoid repeating the issue, which would be a Nobel idea but to make the modern issue seem worse than it really is.
Ask yourself the question, have “Indian Affairs” been helped by these useful idiots or has it been rendered as more of the same. They’ve created a certain view of history and then mirrored that same FALSE idea throughout our history to make America seem less of what she really is.
The problem is, its FALSE HISTORY that is the basis of every idea that we now use to deal with the Indians, the Blacks, the Hispanics and others including Whites. All peoples have been badly represented by these “idiots” who use history to bring down nations and governments for their Socialist, Communistic agendas. The Muslims have rearranged history in their favor many times and are doing as we speak.
Apr 10, 2009 … repeatedly claimed that America is not a Christian nation. He ….. in which Indian lands were wrongly being taken for timber, minerals, and other …
“How Congress Took Control of Indians’ Lives”
by Rob Natels
Just as Congress has stretched its Interstate Commerce Power into authority over the entire national economy, so it has used the Indian Commerce Clause to justify micro-managing the lives of American Indians and of their tribes.
It wasn’t supposed to be that way.
The Articles of Confederation gave Congress power over Indian “affairs,” but in practice the states also continued to exercise authority over Indians. States passed trade laws, regulated Indian land transactions, and in some cases exercised a general police power over Indians within their boundaries.
When the Constitution was adopted, the federal government was granted some control over dealings with the Natives. However, this was one of the very few areas where the Constitution actually granted the new governmentless authority than Congress had enjoyed under the Confederation.
Instead of sweeping power over Indian “affairs,” the Constitution granted
(1) to the President-and-Senate, power to make treatise with the Natives,
(2) to Congress, power over federal property and territories (where many tribes lived), and
(3) also to Congress, the power to “regulate Commerce . . . with the Indian tribes.”
The Treaty Clause (II-2-2) empowered the President-and-Senate to govern the details of Indian relations, but only with the consent of the affected tribes, since both sides must agree to a treaty.
The Territories and Property Clause (IV-3-2) granted Congress power to regulate tribes, but only on federal land. The Indian Commerce Clause (I-8-3) gave Congress control over mercantile trade and certain related activities.
The specific model in the Indian area consisted of state Indian trade statutes and a Confederation ordinance that addressed such matters as preventing fraud, licensing merchants, and regulating prices.
Also part of the constitutional settlement was that the states retained their general police power over Indians within their borders, subject to pre-emption by congressional regulations of commerce and by treaties.
This system began to break down in the 1870s with the announcement by Congress that the federal government would no longer make treaties with the Indians. How Congress could bind the President-and-Senate this way was never adequately justified or explained.
Congress then began to regulate Indian affairs on the basis that doing so was part of its “inherent sovereign authority”—supposedly unenumerated authority outside the Constitution.
The theory of “inherent sovereign authority” is complete jurisprudential nonsense, and contradicted by both the intent and words of the Tenth Amendment. Although the Supreme Court rejected the theory in Kansas v. Colorado (1907), it continues to surface from time to time.
Also cited as justifying wide congressional authority was the “trust relationship” between the federal government and the Indians. But trust rules do not grant power; they merely set standards by which power is to be executed.
In the area of Indian commerce, moreover, apologists for Congress often go even farther, claiming that congressional authority over Indian affairs is exclusive—that states have no jurisdiction over Indians at all. There is little justification for this theory, and it has proved unworkable in practice.
During the research, I found that the state of the commentary on the Indian Commerce Clause was even more dismal than in most other areas of constitutional law. Most of articles on the constitutional background consist of interventions by activists and others with little knowledge of the Founding Era or of originalist methodology.
Bottom line: Reading the Constitution according to its real meaning shows that, although Congress was to have a significant say in Indian affairs, its rightful power is far from absolute. Both Indians and non-Indians need to inform Congress of this much more often.
In private life, Rob Natelson is a long-time conservative/free market activist, but professionally he is a constitutional scholar whose meticulous studies of the Constitution’s original meaning have been published or cited by many top law journals.
After a quarter of a century as Professor of Law at the University of Montana, he recently retired to work full time at Colorado’s Independence Institute.