Michelle Obama unloaded all her Native American stereotypes in a speech that must have been inspired by the Disney cartoon, Pocahontas.
Apparently, as long as they are aimed at flattery, Native American stereotypes are just fine. CNS News reports, “
First Lady Michelle Obama said on Thursday at a tribal youth gathering at the White House that the United States is “finally” embracing the wisdom of Native Americans on conservation and climate change, and claimed that America’s founders modeled the U.S. government partly on the “Iroquois Confederacy.”
“Today, on issues like conservation and climate change, we are finally beginning to embrace the wisdom of your ancestors,” Mrs. Obama said at the event where youth from 230 tribes from 42 states participated.
“Now, long before the United States was even an idea, your ancestors were harvesting the crops that would feed the world for centuries to come,” Obama said. “And places like Seattle and Michigan and natural wonders like Niagara Falls and Yosemite can only be named using your Native languages.”
“Your artwork has inspired generations of artists,” Obama said. “Your healing techniques have spurred great medical advances and saved countless lives.”
I think the only thing that is missing, that would have made this story perfect, would be Michelle Obama breaking out into song, and singing Colors of the Wind…
Or maybe she could have allowed a Willow tree to deliver a few words to the audience.
“And today, on issues like conservation and climate change, we are finally beginning to embrace the wisdom of your ancestors,” Obama said.
“So make no mistake about it, your customs, your values, your discoveries are at the heart of the American story,” Obama said. “And yet, as we all know, America hasn’t always treated your people and your heritage with dignity and respect.”
“Tragically, it’s been just the opposite,” Obama said. “Your traditions were systematically targeted for destruction.
“Your people were forced to relocate far from the lands they’d lived on for generations,” Obama said. “Young people just like you were sent to boarding schools designed to strip them of their language, culture, and history.”
“And your religions and ceremonies were outlawed by so-called ‘civilization regulations,’” she said, “regulations that literally made your cultures illegal.”
First of all, the Native Americans never dreamed that bovine flatulence was a threat to the earth. The climate change idiocy should not be blamed on them.
Second, there was a famous case where the Supreme Court upheld drug convictions for Native Americans practicing their religion (which involved peyote) so Congress passed a law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. How well has that law fared under the Obama Administration?
Above all this, it is real nice for Michelle Obama to apologize for the behavior of others in the past, but to do so while her husband invents kill lists, indefinite detention, and kills people with drones all over the Middle East who have nothing to do with terrorism, is really appalling hypocrisy. The Obamas are exactly the kind of people who would, in another age, exterminate a tribe or imprison them on a reservation. Everyone knows this. That’s how Obama got support to be president.