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Wed Nov 23, 2022, 11:51 PM

Steve Schmidt on America, on Substack

I did a search and did not find this column anywhere. Schmidt has been a voice of reason for a long time now. Just because he was a Republican is no reason not to read his stuff now and then. And this is a good one. Pasted here are the last few paragraphs of Steve's column. You can read the entire column at the link below, and you don't have to pay.

“0ur faith sought the harmony of man with his surroundings”
Steve Schmidt on Substack
Nov 20, 2022

America is always becoming something new, while surging forward into a new era. American freedom is defended by the Armed Forces of the United States. They are the most powerful and lethal military in world history. It is a volunteer force comprised of men and women from every inch of American territory comprising every faith, creed, race and ethnicity on Earth. It is bound together by a set of values that are character based. Its cause is the United States of America and that nation cannot be understood without understanding the greatness of its Native American tribes, their history, defiance, struggle, contribution and magnificent patriotism.

Apache, Black Hawk, Kiowa, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota are the names of the great tribes, which the US Army has named their helicopters. They are named in honor of the warrior spirit and fierceness of those tribes’ warriors. Yet, the greatest attribute of a warrior in Lakota culture was not fierceness, deadliness or success. It was humility.

Strength will be required to forge reconciliation. Weakness will be required to sustain more fighting. Humility will be required to listen. Listening will be required to hear, and hearing will be required to obtain wisdom. There is great wisdom in the culture of America’s native peoples who have forged this nation from its first hours. Harmony is at the center of much of American Indian belief. The white man has much to learn from this. There was a Lakota word for “white man” that roughly translated as “fat taker.”

There are many fat takers in 2022. They are not America’s destiny. They are America’s hangover. It is time to remember that tomorrow in America is decided by us, and not gravity, a small cabal or an emperor or king. We haven’t reached the promised land, but the American journey should be viewed as just getting started. That’s why these things should be made right. It matters.


the rest at: https://steveschmidt.substack.com/p/0ur-faith-sought-the-harmony-of-man?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

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Thu Nov 24, 2022, 02:47 AM

1. I've respected Steve S since the time I saw him w Nicolle Wallace in the darkened RNC ballroom...

… talking over the ghastly spectacle of Trump’s American Apocalypse acceptance speech.

Steve talked very movingly about our Constitution and Bill of Rights and how very far Trump and his MAGA’s were from embodying any of our foundational ideals. He literally choked up.

Can’t remember what Nicolle said — I got to know her better as the excellent anchor/journalist that she has become in MSNBC.

But the enduring lesson for me has been that we have friends and allies out there, and for my part, I am glad to embrace them.



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Thu Nov 24, 2022, 03:27 AM

2. Very interesting read. This, on American violence, is depressing. Do we always need an Other?

American presidents have long made comments about the peaceable character of the American people, while speaking to Americans who are usually peaceful when the president of the United States is speaking to them. That doesn’t mean they are peaceful as a group. We aren’t. We never were. America is a violent country, and it always has been. The 19th century was a savage century of war, conquest, subjugation and the largest slaughter of warm-blooded animals in human history. The purpose of the slaughter was to starve and subjugate the Great Plains Indian Nations until they were forced into impoverishment on reservations.

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Thu Nov 24, 2022, 06:37 AM

3. ❤️

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