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The US ‘CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT OF 1882’ + Native American, Sherman Alexie, On UNVARNISHED NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY (Broken Promises & Indian Reservations)! Next Time Anybody On Your TV Set Brags About How Great America Is, Reread This Post To Remind Yourself Of How Bigoted, Unfair, Repugnant, Self-Serving, Self-Righteous, Racist & Evil Your Country Has Been, Has Always Been & Is Now (OPEC Wars For Profit, Stop & Frisk, Voter Caging, Outsourcing.. Need I Go Further)! All That ‘America The Beautiful’ Stuff Is Mere Propaganda! And I’m Not Even Talking About George Washington’s Negro Slaves, WWII Japanese Internment, Child Labor, Burning Witches, Chain Gangs, Women’s Suffrage, Etc. Here! The More I Learn, The Worse It Gets! But Fear Not, Today’s Inequities Will Give Future Generations More Than Enough Fodder To Refute That “Aren’t We A Mahvelous Democratic Country” Stuff! – They Never Taught You This In American History Class! (PS: For Canadian Version Of Chinese Exclusion Act, Check Chinese Immigration Act Of 1923!)

Chinese Exclusion Act

Forty-Seventh Congress. Session I. 1882

Chapter 126. – An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to Chinese.

Preamble. Whereas, in the opinion of the Government of the United States the coming of Chinese laborers to this country endangers the good order of certain localities within the territory thereof:

The Unknown Side Of Abraham Lincoln
SHERMAN ALEXIE: And then all over the country massacres happening of people they, you know, they would push these tribes and these people onto reservations and then send the soldiers in to wage war on them. I just learned, I don’t know why I didn’t know this, some sort of denial I guess. But they gave medals of Honor to U.S. soldiers who participated at Wounded Knee, absolute massacres of unarmed women, children, and elderly people.

They gave medals of Honor. And, you know, this idea of Lincoln as this great savior. Which is true. But in deifying him, it completely, completely whitewashes the fact that he was also a complete part of the colonization of Indians, a complete part of the wholesale slaughter of Indians. Continue reading

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AMERICAN CAPITALISM SERIES, Part II: CIO, SOCIALISTS, COMMUNISTS & FDR’s NEW DEAL! Political Solutions Without The Greedy Rich, The Mainstream Media, Democrats, Republicans Or The Supreme Court! That In Itself Is A New Concept! Richard Wolff Offers Viable, Innovative, Unconventional Solutions To Correct Capitalism’s Selfishness, Unfairness & Excesses. Politicians Either Can’t Or Won’t Solve Problems. And He Gives A History Lesson On FDR’s NEW DEAL And Why Corporations And Rich Financed It To Prevent Socialism And Communism From Replacing American Capitalism. New Thinking And New Approaches Are Needed To Achieve Results For Currently Insoluble Dilemmas & Future Crises Just As FDR Used During Great Depression. There Have Been 13 Depressions Or Recessions Since 1929. Every President Has Had At Least 1. Each Promises, “My Policies Will (1) End Current Crisis And (2) Ensure We Never Have A Crisis Like This Again!” Has Any President Succeeded In Keeping His Promise To Date? You Tell Me!

THE INDUSTRY GAME OF MONOPOLY, PLAYED WITH REAL MONEY:

NARRATOR: John D. Rockefeller’s oil makes up nearly 40% of the cargo shipped on the rails. But, when Vanderbilt teams with his (own) biggest rival (Tom Scott, Pennsylvania RR) to push for a Rate Increase, Rockefeller takes it as a Declaration of War! He builds a Pipeline in response and begins to pull his shipments (from the railroads). And since the railroads have been drastically overbuilt, losing cargo means losing money.

Stocks plummet as Investors run scared! By the time the PANIC of 1873 is through, 1/3 of the country’s 360 Railroad Companies have gone bankrupt!

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER – TOM SCOTT CONVERSATION:
(NARRATOR: No one has capitalized more on the growth of the oil industry than John D. Rockefeller, who now controls 90% of the U.S. oil market. With the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt, only one man stands in the way of Rockefeller’s complete control of oil – Tom Scott!)
ROCKEFELLER: I’ve tried to be friendly to the Pennsylvania. I’ve given you plenty of business, have I not?
SCOTT: (Nods affirmatively)
ROCKEFELLER: And now I find that you’re invading my field, and that, my friend, is piracy!
SCOTT: (rising from his chair) We’ll take your feelings into account, Mr. Rockefeller.
ROCKEFELLER: (rising to shake hands) Two-thirds of the oil you carry comes from me. If you don’t retreat, I’ll take it to the other railroads.
SCOTT: As far as I’m aware, there isn’t another railroad that runs from Pittsburgh to New York. (He then walks out of the room, followed by his protégé, Andrew Carnegie)
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ROCKEFELLER: I don’t want one drop of our oil traveling on the Pennsylvania!
ASSISTANT: But what about the Pittsburgh Refineries?
ROCKEFELLER: Shut them down!
(NARRATOR: Shutting down his refineries will cost Standard Oil a fortune in lost revenue! But for Rockefeller, crushing his Competition matters more than anything else!

Without Rockefeller’s oil, Scott loses nearly half of his business, forcing him to layoff tens of thousands of workers and drastically cut wages. Those workers take to the streets in protest. And, as darkness falls on Pittsburgh, they turn violent. A fire is set in Tom Scott’s train yards. Before the night is over, more than 39 buildings and over 1,200 train cars are destroyed. Tom Scott’s Company lays in ruin!

H. W. BRANDS, Historian: This is how Capitalism works!
(Transcribed by Tabacco from ‘All New – The Men Who Built America: More 2 Version’, Episode: A New War Begins) Continue reading

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AMERICAN CAPITALISM SERIES, Part I: THE CAPITALISM MYSTIQUE! Political Solutions Without Reliance On The Greedy Rich, Corporations, The Mainstream Media, Democrats, Republicans Or The Supreme Court! That In Itself Is A New Concept! Richard Wolff Offers Viable, Innovative, Unconventional Solutions To Correct Capitalism’s Selfishness, Unfairness & Excesses. Politicians Either Can’t Or Won’t Solve Problems. New Thinking And New Approaches Are Needed To Achieve Results For Currently Insoluble Dilemmas & Future Crises Just As FDR Used During The Great Depression. There Have Been 13 Depressions Or Recessions Since 1929. Every President Has Had At Least 1. Each Promises, “My Policies Will (1) End Current Crisis And (2) Ensure We Never Have A Crisis Like This Again!” Has Any President Succeeded In Keeping His Promise To Date? You Tell Me!

TABACCO: The “OCCUPY MOVEMENTS” are futile, unsuccessful attempts by REAL Grass Roots to achieve Economic Change. They could not succeed because at its heart it requires the Individual Rich, the Corporatists, the MSM and the Politicos to feel so embarrassed, so ashamed that they would capitulate and DO THE RIGHT THING! You can never embarrass those guys enough to achieve your own Goals of FAIRNESS! Nor will they respond favorably to entreaty and pleading!

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of injustice and wrong, which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglass

Without a doubt, this Series is the most important and universal subject I have tackled since I began blogging in 2005. Continue reading

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