Mike, I read the rest of this thread to my son too. Since our blood is mixed, I told him his outrage could depend on which vein was throbbing. (He looked at me funny, too.)
You are very gallant to come to the defense of our Denise, but I think she can take care of herself.
Perhaps I should put my comments in the context of what is pretty much typical dinner conversation--
My son, after hearing me read this thread, immediately said that the Columbus expedition was basically a government sponsored terrorism--which probably had to have taken place anyway, considering the population explosion and the resulting diminishing of resources in Europe--a prompt into our/their first foray into global economy.
(It was about trade routes, so mind your history)
I had to agree with my son, too, considering that history backs up the facts of that. We commandeered land. (They were not amused.)
But my son and I do cocede confusion at one point:
We confuse the pronouns "we" and "they"--since we are of mixed blood.
To sum it up though, I think we need to mind our history to foresee our future. My (our) European ancestors came here because they had outsourced, over-populated, and totally depleted our (their) natural resources. (How ironic, eh?)
We came here, and through guise and guile, we/they proclaimed this land for our own pimpdom.
We/They proceded to call this "Manifest Destiny", proclaiming a God that took sides amongst the quibbles of a lesser god's 'discernment'--marching, relentlessly on, from one coast to the next, and I don't believe we are done.
We raised the flag of "Capitalism" and I will brave the affront of those whom I unintentionally offend--Capitalism with no conscience is far worse than Communism--which acknowledges parity but at the beheading of individuality and resulting ingenuity.
We, the people of these United States, are attempting to form the more perfect union, that of the strength of a Republic, which is tempered by the compassion of Democracy; thus, we achieve the middle path of temperance--which is mercy and discipline.
And to whom much is given?
Much is expected.
And that, right there--is my word: