By Scott Sutton
A tweet from 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) early Wednesday afternoon fits into that latter category.
You can see the tweet below, which we took a screenshot of because it seems destined for deletion.
Here’s what they had to say about the tweet:
Northwest Indian War
Puget Sound Wars
Great Sioux War of 1786
Second Samoan Civil War
We didn’t even get into the 20th century with that list.
BlueCornComics @bluecorncomics May 14
BlueCornComics retweeted Marco Rubio
Except for killing the Indians, adding slave states, taking land from Mexico, etc. How ignorant can @marcorubio get?
Who exactly was gaining freedom when the US expanded into Indian territory? Not the Indians, obviously. The settlers? If you define "freedom" as freely taking things from others, I guess.
In this context, the US is roughly like a bank robber. The criminal gains more "freedom"--more opportunity to live high on the hog--after he robs a bank. The stolen wealth increases his ability to act.
Only problem is, it decreases the freedom of those who were robbed. Their opportunities are limited by their loss of wealth. Whether it's buying goods such as food and medicine or services such as education, they have fewer choices.
When we're talking about fixed assets such as land, this is pretty much a zero-sum game. White men win, Indians lose. More "freedom" for some means less freedom for others.
At least Rubio is consistent, I guess. Like other conservatives, his political career is all about increasing the
"Expanding freedom" for the rich by contracting freedom for the poor...that could be the Republican slogan for 2016. Thanks for nothing, Rubio.
For more on America's colonizing efforts, see Debating Professor Grundy's Tweets and America Constructed to Erase Indians.