Normally, these posts deal with national or international issues. The discussion is most often about right versus left (wrong), ramping up the talk of rebellion against the political class, chopping government into tiny pieces the better to flush down freedom’s toilet, lambasting the hypocrisy that is the Democrat party, generally fun stuff meant to gin up support for turning ploughshares back into swords.
A more local issue has arisen which is emblematic of how liberalism and its perversion of history undermine the economic, political and social wellbeing of the country. It is a spat between the people of New York State and the Oneida Indian Nation (OIN).
The OIN owns and operates the Turning Stone casino in Verona, New York some short distance from the cities of Utica and Rome. It is considered a Class III gaming facility by New York State compact (formal agreement) with the tribe. New York also has compacts with the Seneca Nation of Indians and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. For those of you who may not know your history, they date back to the Iroquois Nation which consisted of the Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Onondaga tribes.
According to Oneida County’s official website, “In the 1970’s, Indian tribes began federal actions alleging rights of possession to millions of acres of their ancestral lands later acquired by the states and now occupied by citizens, businesses and municipalities.” They claimed a 1795 treaty with New York transferring the land to the state “was void, as the federal government had never ratified the transfer. The defendant counties then brought the State of New York into the action.”
The subsequent legal mess brought into jeopardy the homes and businesses of approximately “20,000 innocent landowners” in Oneida and Madison counties. According to a spokesman in the Oneida County Executive’s office, a settlement has been reached, but it remains unclear who is responsible for paying the tab on forty-five years of litigation plus the settlement itself. One way or another, the money will have to come from taxpayers not Indians since they don’t pay taxes.
The starting point of the litigation is important. The late sixties and early seventies amounted to the dawn of extreme liberalism in the United States, the OIN leaders were not unaware of the opportunity it offered. Now Indians could join the ever-growing list of minorities demanding social justice in the form of other people’s money. The Indians however were not looking as much for welfare as they were for “an advantage” as Chief Dan George observed in the movie, The Outlaw Josey Wales.
The advantage the OIN found was in fact a liberal agenda which elevated victimhood to the level of sainthood. After seeing how successful had been the black minority in making their demands, they rightly concluded the way forward was to force the white man to look backward. Pump enough shame and guilt on whitey for the perceived injustices of the past and he will become putty in your hands. Once the fleeced become used to being fleeced in this manner the disadvantaged victim could continue fleecing by making sure the debt was as infinite as the wrong perpetrated. White Americans were made to see they, through their ancestors, had sinned against minorities, they then had to accept the necessity for permanent penance.
There is a problem with con jobs like the above, the con gets old. Even those who may have believed there was some justification in the original claims of minorities who were mistreated in the past, the transfer of trillions they earned, the tendency is to say, “Enough is enough.” Where we come to loggerheads is at the point when minorities vehemently reply, “There is never enough.”
This is the case with the OIN in their dispute over a casino being developed in Seneca County, New York called the Lago Resort. Lago of course will compete with the OIN’s Turning Stone, something CEO and Oneida Indian, Ray Halbritter does not want, and for good reason. A competing casino will break the OIN’s monopoly most certainly drawing revenues from the Turning Stone and perhaps worse, employees.
Indian owned casinos are notorious for paying their employees as little as possible. In economically ravaged areas like Upstate New York they can get away with it since jobs are extremely difficult to find. With a very real probability the OIN would be facing competition on both fronts, Halbritter pushed the panic button after New York State’s Resort Gaming Facility Location Board picked the Seneca County town of Tyre for the Lago Resort and Casino which is but 75 miles from the Turning Stone. Presently airing all over New York is a television ad which disingenuously arrives at the conclusion any competition anywhere near the Turning Stone is bad in every way. The ad is ludicrous and stupid. Anyone who buys into its pitch is in need of a primary education. Any resident of Upstate New York, if not opposed to gambling on its face will testify to the absolutely desperate need for jobs, any kind of jobs.
Elizabeth Doran of Syracuse.com quoted OIN spokesman Michael McKeon as arguing “Lago will kill jobs and actually reduce gaming revenue for the state by cannibalizing existing facilities.” He went on to claim Lago will merely take employees from the Turning Stone rather than bring in new people.
The argument is specious, it’s goal transparent. The unemployment rate in Upstate New York has been chronically high for decades. The idea that new jobs won’t be created for those presently unemployed is preposterous. It certainly isn’t as if Turning Stone employees will up and quit unless the wage differential is meaningful, another concern for Halbritter and tribe.
Casinos in general employ sometimes thousands of people. Like all other companies in the same industry when they are forced to compete, the market addresses problems such as which attracts the better workers. Presumably, better wages will attract better employees. With its history, the Turning Stone may find themselves in the midst of a brain drain unless they up the ante in that regard.
It’s a double whammy going straight to Halbritter’s bottom line that is not lost on Lago which “fired back at the Oneida Nation today, saying the Oneidas have enjoyed a 20-year monopoly and will soon have to compete.”
As they did against Madison and Oneida counties 45 years before, the OIN looked to the courts as victim plaintiffs, but have not been successful. Doran quotes Lago spokesman Steven Greenberg, “The Oneidas are stooping to a new low. It’s blatant self-interest at its worst. I guess their funding of lawsuits against Lago have not stopped the project so they’re going for a ‘Hail Mary’ pass. That won’t work either.”
The Oneidas are in the same position as many so-called minorities in the United States due to a terrible economy, political tyranny and general malaise. When you put the three together you end up with a very restive population seething with anger at having been taken advantage of forcibly for almost fifty years by a radical liberal agenda which used diversity to keep Americans separated into groups instead of uniting them. Broke, unhappy, fearful of their futures and their children’s, Americans, especially white Americans feel put upon having been made the scapegoats for every negative aspect of contemporary American life. The minority dog won’t hunt any longer however.
The great awakening is upon us and the realities will be dealt with by necessity. No one alive is responsible for the Indians losing their lands to white settlers. None of us are responsible for enslaving black people either. On the contrary, many of us are responsible for righting past wrongs, yet all of us are responsible for letting the country slip away into liberal madness.
A blind man can see Americans are sick of the distinctions they’ve had shoved down their throats and the costs associated with making them. Equally clear, minority status no longer means what it once did and Indians, like all other minorities had better get used to it. The rest of us have.