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Billy FallingSpeaking as a Non-Coward

Guest Essay by Billy Falling

On February 18, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder referred to the American People as “essentially a nation of cowards” regarding any public discussion of race in the U.S. He was speaking as the first African American Attorney General to an overflow crowd at the Justice Department at a celebration of Black History month. As a Native American non-coward I would like to take issue with that statement, and submit my views on the subject of race in our nation.

First, I want to address the mindset and attitude of the majority of the black community toward our country as a whole. When most Americans referred to the Founding Fathers, they typically have thought of the men who produced the greatest political document of all times—the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Jay, James Madison et al proved to form the greatest political genesis of all of history. Our constitution has provided more freedom for more people for a longer period of time than any other political document. From the Federalist Papers we can understand each word, each phrase, and every concept that was originally intended for the final document. We revere the document and celebrate its authors.

On the other hand, when the majority of black Americans hear the words Founding Fathers, it appears they think slave owners, and when they hear the word constitution they appear to think slavery. There is clearly a divide between black and white regarding our heritage and the support and defense of it. There is a need for an attitude adjustment on both sides.

First, non-black Americans should realize why our black brothers think the way they do. After all, it took a civil war, the civil rights movement, the voter rights act, and over two-hundred and twenty years to bring us to where we are today, with a black president and a black attorney general. The Preamble to our constitution states, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union….” It does not state that it would be a perfect union, but formed toward a more perfect union. And we have been trying to perfect that union ever since our founding.

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Confrontational Politics
Confrontational Politics
by Senator H. L. Richardson, Ret

In this era of ever-growing, more distant, unresponsive government—and politicians of both parties who do not walk their talk—retired California state senator H. L. (Bill) Richardson's book is a strong tonic.

He warns, however, his words are not for the faint of heart: as Finley Peter Dunne once said, "Politics ain't beanbag."

He spells out in a series of lessons how his often hard-pressed conservative minority was able to win victory after victory on issues like the death penalty, gun control, and removing liberal judges. "The central theme of this book is the methodology both sides use. Being 'right' is not enough," he cautions.
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Out of the Dog Creek Hills: My Cherokee Roots
My Cherokee Roots:
Out of the Dog Creek Hills

by Billy Falling

From the Cherokee reservation through a family tragedy, Bill Falling lives a dramatic life that experiences the transformation he shares with the world.

From the Introduction:
Life in the Dog Creek Hills was tough in the '30s and '40s...This is where my full-blood Cherokee Indian Grandmother was born in 1883...Whether you were a land owner, or a Too Late, a forced poverty was to be your lot.

For the first fourteen years of my life, I lived full throttle, flaps up, and flying at the speed of sound. I crash-landed to the sound of a shotgun blast...
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Congressman Rogers' makes his opening statement on Health Care reform
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Ronald Reagan"Right now American business and industry are in the deepest trouble they have ever been in our Nation's entire history. A large percentage of people in this country today lay all their troubles at the door of business. The word profit is synonymous with evil as with the term 'private property' and therefore personal freedom, freedom of choice for everybody is in danger. Profit, property, and freedom are inseparable; you can't have any one of them without the other two."
(President Ronald Regan's remarks during the 1974 Young Americans For Freedom Conference in San Francisco).


 

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