Rand Paul’s campaign for the GOP nomination is just about kaput, but that didn’t stop the Kentucky Senator from trying to do a Donald Trump imitation on the subject of Native Americans during an interview.
Paul was being interviewed by right wing radio personality Laura Ingraham, and they both expressed their opinions on “separatist” minorities. Senator Paul thought it was the opportune time to let loose with this remark:
“I think assimilation is an amazing thing. A good example of how, even in our country, assimilation didn’t happen — and it has been a disaster for the people — has been the Native American population on the reservations. If they were assimilated, within a decade they’d probably be doing as well as the rest of us. But instead, seclusion and isolating them — we took their land, and then we put them all on small quadrants of land.”
Did Rand Paul bother to study American history in high school or college? We didn’t just take land away from Native Americans, we stole it from them! We have them blankets laced with smallpox in the hopes that it would kill millions of them so we could plunder even more of their land. The U.S. government even marched, at gunpoint, Native Americans to new locations, killing scores of them in what can only be called genocide.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Director of Native engagement Paawee Rivera said in response to Paul’s comments:
“Sen. Paul’s statements harken back to a disastrous era of federal policies that aimed to terminate tribal governments and eradicate Native American cultures.”
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and the rest of the culturally and historically ignorant automatons who are seeking the GOP nomination are not only racist, they are also flat out stupid. The United States, as we now call it, was home to the Native peoples long before we ever landed on this continent. They are the real Americans, and we are the immigrants But is the bellicose Trump suggesting that all of us should be sent back to our homelands so the land can be returned to its rightful owners?
I have a message for Rand Paul: You should not only apologize to Native Americans for your comments, you should also drop out of the Presidential race. Because anyone as myopic as you when it comes to the history of this nation is not qualified to occupy the White House. Not now, and not ever.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.