The great white lie of America holds that Europeans brought the dream of liberty to America. In reality, the dream was already being made real in America well before the Europeans arrived. Freedom was an American thing long before the first white men ever stepped on Turtle Island. And if was not for what an American told the white British colonists on July 4, 1744 then there would have likely not ever have been a July 4, 1776.
American was the original term for what are now called Native Americans and on July 4, 1744 a sachem, or chief, of the Iroquois addressed delegates from the colonies at a treaty council in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The British colonies were in turmoil, facing conflicts among themselves as well as threats from the French and their American allies. After patiently hearing the white delegates speak, Canassatego stood up and held out a single arrow before breaking it. He explained that was a single colony. Then he held up a bundle of arrows tied together and unsuccessfully tried to break them. Cannassatego explained that was the value of forming a confederation like the Iroquois had done centuries before. As Canassatego put it:
the Five Nations. This has made us formidable. This has
given us great weight and authority with our neighboring
Nations. We are a powerful Confederacy and by your
observing the same methods our wise forefathers have
taken you will acquire much strength and power;
therefore, whatever befalls you, do not fall out with
The Iroquois had the first constitutional democracy in the world. Their constitution, the Great Law of Peace, granted universal suffrage, freedom of speech, religion and assembly, and government by, of and for the people. European philosophers like Locke, Rousseau and Voltaire were greatly inspired. The notion of liberalism, or a government based upon democracy, meritocracy and transparency, resulted. Indeed, the United States Senate in 1988 passed a resolution honoring the contribution of the Iroquois to the constitution and American government. They would have done better passing a resolution honoring me for the more significant role that I have played.
The Iroquois notion of democracy was and is one of the greatest threats to my plans of destroying creation and killing off humans in religious wars. That's why as soon as I realized what radical white liberals were proposing that I made damned sure that the "we" in "we the people" was limited to as few as possible. I've done my best to make sure that "we" has only meant rich white men of the Protestant faith. I have done all that is devilishly possible to prevent the poor, women and people of color from being part of that "we." And I have done a rather good job. Just look at how much blood has been spilt to get blacks freed and registered to vote.
Lucifer B. Mephistopheles de Mammon
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