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One of things which bothers me about Obama's recent conversion on this is that his Oklahoma director is Brad Carson, CEO of the CNO's business operations. The CBC is not attempting to "terminate" the tribe; their amendment addresses funding and the CNO's license to operate their casinos. There seems to be some conflict of interest going on. It should be noted that even if the D.C. Circuit rules against the CNO, it will only affect those few tribes governed by the Principle Chiefs Act. This is not an assault on the sovereignty of all tribes, although, if we in fact allow "the courts" to decide this, it might in fact turn into a nightmare on the order of Oliphant. Particularly if the case is hear en banc, with Janice "Indian Fighter" Brown on board.
That's cool how you referenced a case.
I'm so far from the end of my tether right now that I reckon I could knit myself some socks with the slack.
Has anyone read any particularly good commentary on the "hardworking Americans, white Americans" comment? I've been slogging through the blogosphere but I haven't seen anything that really gets it right yet. And are there any good Clinton defenses for this? I'm shocked that "bitter"-gate got so much play while this is kind of ho hum, politics-as-usual. Perhaps it's because she's not the presumptive nominee.
Historically, the conservative populist's social divide ran along racial and ethnic lines. In recent years, overt racism has all but disappeared from mainstream political life, and even racial hot button appeals like the 1988 Willie Horton ad have grown rare. What remains is a residue of nostalgia about small towns--whose residents are said to have stronger values and work harder than other Americans, and who also happen to be overwhelmingly white. In 2004, after John Kerry declared that some entertainers supporting him represented "the heart and soul of America," George W. Bush embarked upon a national tour of small- and mid-sized cities, where he would say, "I believe the heart and soul of America is found in places like Duluth, Minnesota," or other such places.Likewise, Bill Clinton recently declared, "The people in small towns in rural America, who do the work for America, and represent the backbone and the values of this country, they are the people that are carrying her through in this nomination." The corollary--that strong values and hard work is in shorter supply among ethnically heterogeneous urban residents--is left unstated. Hillary Clinton's statement about "hard-working Americans, white Americans" simply made explicit a theme that conservative populists usually keep implicit.
Write a PS on it, fuckstick.
Sometimes all you've got is a wacky hi-jink.
This is truly the ultimate in toolish douchebaggery.
Re: this plus your Reed piece and its question of whether African Americans are American enoughhttp://tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=64032fab-d36d-44b8-817c-6ba2f88f732d
Conservative populism, by contrast, is a way of exploiting the grievances it identifies without redressing them. It has an ever-shifting array of targets--Michael Dukakis's veto of a law requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or the rantings of Jeremiah Wright--but no way to knock them down.Conservative populists sometimes ape liberal populism by promising material benefits to average people. But the promise is structured so as to pose no threat to any wealthy economic interest.
Quote from: A. on May 10, 2008, 08:56:02 AMInteresting article, P. Thanks for posting.Regarding the Cherokee, I kinda agree with Obama's sovereignty argument. And for me, the federal funding is simply a concomitant of that: do what you want, but if we don't like it, don't expect any money. I support this policy w/r/t any "sovereign" that gets our money.Well, except Obama was saying that because of tribal sovereignty, the federal government should not withhold funding: the decision to disenroll the Freedmen was the Cherokee's to make and the courts would sort out whether it violated any treaty obligations or whathaveyou.
Interesting article, P. Thanks for posting.Regarding the Cherokee, I kinda agree with Obama's sovereignty argument. And for me, the federal funding is simply a concomitant of that: do what you want, but if we don't like it, don't expect any money. I support this policy w/r/t any "sovereign" that gets our money.
Moreover -- and leaving aside moral arguments about our collective responsibility to support people whose land and culture were violently destroyed to create our nation -- the tribes are not just like any other "sovereign"; for one, they are subject to federal law, including Article I, Sec. 10 limitations of state power and BIA governance of their land.
OK, so they're subject to federal law...just like the "sovereign" states who often have stipulations to their federal funding too.
so of course this racist bastard Hannity is attacking Moss now on fox news.. i called it