Sons of Liberty

No 29
August 8, 1998

The world may politically, as well as geographically, be divided into four parts, each having a distinct set of interests. Unhappily for the other three, Europe, by her arms and by her negotiations, by force and by fraud, has, in different degrees, extended her dominion over them all. Africa, Asia, and America, have successively felt her domination. The superiority she has long maintained has tempted her to plume herself as the Mistress of the World, and to consider the rest of mankind as created for her benefit… It belongs to us to vindicate the honor of the human race, and to teach that assuming brother, moderation... Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness!

Federalist Papers #11, Alexander Hamilton

"Americans are targets of terrorism in part because we have unique leadership responsibilities in the world, because we act to advance peace and democracy, and because we stand united against terrorism."

Bill Clinton's Radio Address - Saturday, August 8, 1998


As I listened to Clinton's radio broadcast, a letter I had received a copy of, back in 1993, while the Paugeesukq Indians were under siege in Connecticut, came to mind. An Indian in Florida had written to Clinton asking him to recognize the sovereignty of the Paugeesukq. Clinton's response:

"… My Administration supports sovereignty and is committed to the policy of tribal self-determination. We have the opportunity to strengthen government-to-government relationships and make significant progress in self-governance."

"As we work for tribal economic development, religious and spiritual freedom, and quality education for Native Americans, I welcome our thoughts."

It appears that Clinton was interested in the condition of the American Indians, and would be willing to encourage them toward self-determination -- sometime in the future., after he is done "work[ing] for … religious and spiritual freedom …" Of course, Moonface Bear, Chief of the Paugeesukq, recognized the same condescending attitude in the letter as I did.

Why is it that we have taken "unique leadership responsibilities"? I don't recall the ballot measure, nor the act of Congress. For that matter, I don't recall the United Nations declaration to that effect. Most importantly, what would subject self-determined countries to the will of Bill Clinton?

Freedom must contain some aspect of self-determination, or it would be far less than what was intended -- a charade, and act of verbicide and a scam.

Were the residents of Panama who died because the US Government wanted to arrest Manuel Noriega living in freedom? Were the tens of thousands of Iraqis killed or that died as a result of Desert Storm living in freedom? Were the Branch Davidians and the Weavers living in Freedom?

Why, then, would that arrogant draft dodger proclaim, "The bombs that kill innocent Americans are aimed not only at them, but at the very spirit of our country and the spirit of freedom." (same radio address).

He has defied the spirit of the Founders, which recognized that nations must rule themselves. The vestiges of the British Empire declined continually once the American Colonists presented to the world the concept that man can govern himself -- and doesn't need a Mistress of the World.

Isn't it about time that we "Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of [new world] greatness!"

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