So basically, Native American suffer in some of the worst conditions in the developed world, not because of their past, but because of welfare programs. Got it. I thought it might have something to do with being displaced from their ancestral homelands, being forced to eat a new diet which didn’t work well with their bodies, being highly susceptible to alochol and substance abuse also because of their bodies, being killed off in the thousands intentionally by disease spread by white men, and having all of their food supplies cut off by intentionally killing buffalo.
Face it. The US was founded upon genocide. But hey, I guess they should just pull up their boot straps and work like everyone else right?!? It was a looooooong time ago. There’s no way the past can influence the present in such a profound way that exists to this day. I mean really, just take a look at the South and the Civil War. They’re all so over all of that Bullshit!….. :/
Also, I also have a funny joke (although I don’t doubt your claim that you are part native, but I do like to tell it to people who claim native heritage )
What do you get when you put 32 white men in a room?
1 full blooded Cherokee.
What about it?
The South is still fighting the Civil War in many regards. It’s part of their history, and it exists to this day. In fact, the past has profound effects on the present, even if the past was a hundred years ago. I’d advise you to take a look at a history book. Perhaps you could start with the Balkans and look at how a group of people which were not separated by ethnicity could develop completely different views of their world based upon the historical legacy.
No, I am saying those who suffer now can’t honestly put a majority of blame towards the actions of people of more than 100 years ago.
I never said a majority of blame. I said that forcing hundreds of thousands of people onto reservations, and teaching them in separate schools and continuing to steal their land (this is actually taking place today in ND when they found the res was full of oil), that yeah, this kind of has a detrimental effect on a people.
That’s what my people did. It’s funny how it works for them, but no one else…
So your people decided to work under the white man’s rules, that’s fine. And is probably more dependent upon the tribe from which your ancestry came. There were others however (Namely the Lakota and Navajo) who never desired to integrate with the people who destroyed their lands and killed their grandmothers, and yes, this legacy of distrust absolutely exists to this day. Not saying it’s right or wrong, simply that it exists.
You have the choice between hiring someone with a 4 year degree, and someone who dropped out of community college…. Guess who gets the job? Yep, while I get your sentiment the reality simply doesn’t play out. Whether it’s fair or not, and regardless of whether it’s justified or not, 4 year degrees are still a mark of being able to stay on task for four years. The Starbucks analogy is really played out and naive, any degree is consistently worth more than no degree. And guess what else, most people don’t get jobs dierctly related to the field they study. You can go to school for something and you’ll still need more certificates and tests if you want to climb the ladder in your field. And this is absolutely the norm in both system architecture as well as the financial world.
China graduated 1,000,000 engineers with Phds last year. The point being that this is a global economy, and while India and China still aren’t safe bets, you better believe that as soon as they step up their game finding a 60,000k year job are going to become more and more scarce. You know, since we’re talking about economic realities, the East is basically preparing to stomp the west in the next decade. Hence the same reason you’ll find most major tech companies full of non Americans. Long live the H1 visa! 😀
I’d say the shift began with Reagan and his alignment with fundamentalists, and continues to this day. It was a good tactic in the early stages of forming an alliance between social conservatives and the GOP. But obviously now, since the GOP decided to try and take the only momentum which existed in 2008 which was Ron Paul and his Tea Parties and form them into a new moral majority they discovered that the old voters were dying out (literally) and that running on social conservatism and “values” no longer works as it did before. The beast which they created is now attacking the master, and it’s pretty fun to watch them devour themselves.
However they still try to placate the Fundamentalist Christians and social conservatives by their VP choices. Palin and Ryan were both attempts to appeal to the old moral majority voters which were started when Reagan and the GOP allied themselves with Fallwell and other fundamentalists. George Bush I was a natural progression from Reagan, and George Bush II was also quite appealing to the social conservative “base”. Id say if Christie does get the nomination that they’ll have to take a hard turn to the right during the election and get someone like Cruz on the ticket so the Moral Majority doesn’t decide to stay at home.
So they’re just influential enough to be placated, whereas the democrats have nothing similar or don’t even care much about their base. They know they’ll generally turn up to vote against the Republican so you can forget about Clinton allying herself with someone like Warren. She just needs to stay moderate (Center left) and get someone boring like Al Gore and she’ll be a shoe in.
I don’t think you’ll find many who any longer support the embargo, but one interesting aspect many don’t talk about currently is that Havana is already becoming extremely capitalistic. There is a harsh division of the classes already apparent, and one can be assured that as soon as Cuba is opened up, so to speak, that there will be a great sell off of everything, much like with what happened in post Communist Russia. This will look good in the short term, but will most likely have long term drawbacks, which in turn, will probably make a lot of Cubans wishing for the “good old days” of communism again.