Roy summarizes for us an attempt on the Right to connect Trump to a thread of conservatism that has run through the country since its inception... for example, Bloody Bill Kristol's son-in-law blurts: "He draws strength from his gut connection with Jacksonian America". There's a connection, alright, Andrew Jackson immiserated Native Americans and Donald Trump will immiserate Native Americans.
I didn't post about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests this past fall- it's a topic which was covered by the news media here in the East, but between an arduous work schedule and my apartment hunt/move, I really didn't feel like I had enough time to pay the topic the attention it deserved. Generally speaking, I am against any moves to double down on fossil fuel use (I believe that fossil fuels should be viewed as 'startup capital' to help humanity develop the technological base necessary for building an economy based on renewable energy), and I believe that the treatment that Native Americans have received at the hands of the various European-derived governments that have sprouted up on this continent has been disgraceful. The very re-routing of the Dakota Access Pipeline away from the City of Bismark was an egregious form of environmental racism (really, Republicans, if this pipeline is so necessary, and so safe, why not put it in white people's backyards?). The whole issue hits on a number of points of interest of mine- environmentalism, energy technology, and race relations- I wish I had had more time to write about it.
For a brief time, it appeared as if President Obama had solved the issue by having the Army Corps of Engineers put a stop to the pipeline project, but this victory was short-lived as the Orange Ogre won the Presidential election.
I have no doubt that Donald Trump will have no qualms about oppressing the Native Americans who have been at the heart of the fight against this pipeline. Donald Trump has a history of maligning Native Americans. When the St Regis Mohawks attempted to open a casino in New York's Catskill Mountains, Donald Trump, and his creepy flack Roger Stone, approved attack ads that amounted to character assassination, characterizing the St Regis as violent criminals and drug dealers:
If Donald Trump was venal and greedy enough to engage in character assassination of a Native American ethnic group in a petty dispute over upstate casino gambling, he's sure to be even more of an evil, racist asshole given the financial stakes involved in this pipeline dispute. He's not quite as bad as Jackson, but then again, this isn't the 19th century... on both a social justice and an environmental basis, this executive order is a terrible, horrible thing.