I was beginning to think I was living on another planet. But since my last column was published, other Martians have stepped forward.
And I feel one with the universe again.
With just days until the most important election of our lifetime, it’s important that we all speak out on the issues that matter most to us and our families—civilly, without judgment and ridicule.
I get it—most of Indian Country votes Democrat, and I made it clear about how that mystifies me. Democrats love big government and well, we know what the big, bad American government has done to Native Americans.
Despite our differences in political parties, I ask you to consider this one salient point as a Native American: If protecting the sovereignty of tribal nations is important to you, and I know it is, then you do not want to vote for Hillary Clinton.
It is worth mentioning again that Hillary—as stated in a private speech to Brazilian bankers made public through WikiLeaks—wants to disregard the sovereignty of this entire country and open our borders to her dream of a “hemispheric common market.”
Think about this rationally for a minute: If she wants to sell out the sovereignty of the greatest nation on earth and erase our borders, what makes you think she would protect the sovereignty of Indian Country? She wants the entire world to flow freely right through America, coast to coast, border to border, like Grand Central Immigration Station.
Tribal boundaries be damned!
I could write chapters and verses on all of Hillary’s scandals—there’s just so much to work with, people! Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, says Hillary is “the most corrupt person to ever run for the presidency.” It is certainly unusual that a presidential candidate would be investigated by the FBI twice, don’t you think? Clinton herself calls the FBI’s re-opening of her e-mail case days before the election “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.”
Democratic political strategist Doug Schoen, who worked for President Bill Clinton, says he fears a “constitutional crisis” if Hillary is elected. Since the FBI has vowed to continue its investigation into Hillary’s e-mail scandal and the Clinton Foundation regardless of the election outcome, a Clinton White House would be so mired in legal muck, any good work for the American people, and certainly for tribal nations, would be completely immobilized.
Let’s return to that disturbing idea of Madam Secretary’s threat to Native sovereignty. When you go into the polling booth next Tuesday, wrestle with this very simple, final thought: If Hillary does not respect America’s borders, why would she respect those of our tribes?
But don’t just take my word for it that Hillary is not right for Indian Country and Donald Trump is. Read why other Native Trump supporters who I encountered out there in the political wilderness will be casting their votes for this improbable political outsider from Queens, New York:
Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma: “When you pay attention to what is going on in Indian Country, it seems like the government is trying to appease us and not give us the independence we have a right to. I believe Republicans allow us to be sovereign and with Trump in office, big government won’t be babysitting us like it has been for generations. Also, my top two issues in this election are the economy and the Supreme Court. Hillary has never created a job in her life, but Donald Trump has created thousands. When you talk about which candidate can get the economy moving again, his record is, without question, the most impressive.”
Ella Wilson, Navajo, Prosecutor for the Navajo Nation: “I am supporting Trump because he is pro-life and as a mother of five children, I am, too. Hillary supports Roe vs. Wade, which is an abomination because our children are sacred. I believe they deserve life and it is our duty to protect the unborn. I also like that Trump believes in borders. The Navajo reservation is very close to the border and I live in Gallup, New Mexico, which is a border town. It can be dangerous with so many nationalities coming across unchecked because they may have a hidden agenda. Also, we need to get conservative justices into the Supreme Court because our children and grandchildren’s freedoms are at stake, and I like the list of candidates Trump has come up with.”
Roy Grandbois, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, foster care worker for Native children: “I like that Trump wants to put people back to work. I have three grown children who are having a hard time making a living because the job market is so tight. One is a college graduate who works as a bartender. I don’t have grandchildren yet because my kids don’t make enough money to raise a family. Hillary’s economic policies are insane—she wants to raise taxes! And I don’t like that her role model is Margaret Sanger, who called black people ‘the weeds of the earth.’ But the biggest reason I like Trump is because he is honest and speaks the truth, and I do, too.”
Are you a Native Trump supporter, too? Please have the courage to speak up. I would love to hear from you! And in the spirit of democracy, I welcome Hillary supporters to voice their opinions, as well.
Lynn Armitage is a contributing writer and an enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.