Rick Santorum’s Civics Lesson

See the source imageThe retired GOP senator-turned-pundit doesn’t cover himself in glory with his timid walk-back from native culture remarks last week. He thinks it’s mostly about the west. Maybe his family will reject pasta aglio e olio for Thanksgiving dinner and bring back the turkey and pumpkin pie.

His fellow Pennsylvanian Ben Franklin and a modern Winnebago tribe member might take him to school in civics too, as the United States was not the first union between states on this continent. Terri Hansen reports on this:

In 1744, the Onondaga leader Canassatego gave a speech urging the contentious 13 colonies to unite, as the Iroquois had at the signing of the Treaty of Lancaster. This cultural exchange inspired the English colonist Benjamin Franklin to print Canassatego’s speech.

“We heartily recommend Union and a good Agreement between you our Brethren,” Canassatego had said. “Never disagree, but preserve a strict Friendship for one another, and thereby you, as well as we, will become the stronger. Our wise Forefathers established Union and Amity between 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 fresh Strength and Power; therefore whatever befalls you, never fall out one with another.”

He used a metaphor that many arrows cannot be broken as easily as one. This inspired the bundle of 13 arrows held by an eagle in the Great Seal of the United States.

Looks pretty eastern to me.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Rick Santorum’s Civics Lesson

  1. Liam says:

    Santorum would do well to read some biographies of one of the great men of the Founding period who was buried in Pennsylvania: the great Dutch-Seneca chief who is English was first known as John Abeel III but later more generally as Cornplanter.

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