New Video: Not Metallica’s “Welcome Home Santorum”

In this new video, I make a poor case to defend an undefendable, Rick Santorum. I remember him from presidential runs and various opportunities to get himself on television.

As a “libertarian”, I see him not much different than any other guy that likes to throw money at defense companies and other big businesses. But he did do me a solid by saying some blatantly non-pc stuff that would trigger some people.

Have at it.

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3 Responses to New Video: Not Metallica’s “Welcome Home Santorum”

  1. Derek Ramsey says:

    I don’t see how native groups could have maintained their culture even if disease, wars, and treaties hadn’t defeated them.

    First, their culture was naturally limited in scope in a population sense. The culture, such as it was, was not set up for population growth. To alter that would be to change the culture. They would have eventually been outbred.

    Second, the native tribes controlled huge amounts of land. This cultural aspect was in many ways mutually exclusive with European culture of property rights and government. It’s not obvious to me how you could integrate both cultures while keeping them meaningfully distinct and influential.

    Third, guns changed everything. During the French and Indian wars, the natives were just as active participants as Europeans. The availability of firearms changed the culture in ways that could not have been avoided.

    Fourth, the culture simply may not have been strong enough to survive. Compare to the Amish. These communities were able to maintain their distinct culture for centuries and still exert significantly greater cultural overall influence than their population percentage would normally allow. Some cultures are stronger and more durable than others.

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    • DR: Thank you for your comment. You bring up some tough nuts that I would need to dive into more. DR 1, MFM 0

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      • Derek Ramsey says:

        Like Santorum, I’m also from Pennsylvania, in particular in former Lenape territory. It is the historical home of the pacifist Amish, Mennonites, and Quakers… and my ancestors. These were not colonists who were hellbent on destroying the natives. Hard for pacifists to do that if the natives are violent.

        This this Wikipedia snippet and this one> are informative. In particular:

        “In 1682, William Penn and Quaker colonists created the English colony of Pennsylvania beginning at the lower Delaware River. A peace treaty was negotiated between the newly arriving English and Lenape at what is now known as Penn Treaty Park. In the decades immediately following, some 20,000 new colonists arrived in the region, putting pressure on Lenape settlements and hunting grounds. Penn expected his authority and that of the colonial government to take precedence. His new colony effectively displaced many Lenape and forced others to adapt to new cultural demands. Penn gained a reputation for benevolence and tolerance, but his efforts resulted in more effective colonization of the ancestral Lenape homeland than previous ones.”

        There is some irony to how the Christian principles of peace, benevolence, and tolerance—not violence—were so much more effective at neutralizing the native culture. So while Lenape culture still significantly persists in the form of names and language, not much else does.

        European culture was just so dominate that it had no choice but to win almost by default. Maybe if not for disease Lenape culture might have survived in a significant way, but I doubt it. Now, imagine if Santorum had come out and said that native culture was insignificant and deficient compared to the far superior European culture, imagine the kind of firestorm to that!

        As inflammatory as that is, I think the only outcome that could have saved their culture was if the Europeans turned around and went back to Europe. The evidence suggests that culture-retaining co-existence wasn’t really possible.

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