James Catron

The idea of a society of equals, electing its leaders, creating a weak, limited, divided central government, and uniting several peoples into one nation is an American Indian idea. The Founding Fathers despised the strong, centralized government of European monarchies, and tried to emulate the Iroquoian people's way. They only partially succeeded, because in 1789, slavery was too well entrenched to be rooted out by the Constitutional Convention.

Nonetheless, the American Indian way of self-government came to be known as Americanism, and for over 200 years the peoples of the world have striven, fought and died to overthrow governments that exist for the benefit of elites, to replace them with government by popular consensus.

But, the American Way has had a very hard time taking root elsewhere. Europe, for example, is home to Napoleon, Mussolini, Stalin, dictators, monarchs, strong-men, and strong central states. In the French Revolution of 1789, the mob guillotined Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and every aristocrat they could find, but they could not kill the European love of strong government. Within twelve years, the French allowed themselves to be ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte, who crowned himself Emperor of France.

Similarly, in 1917, the Bolsheviks executed the Tzar Nicholas and Alexandra, and their babies, and replaced them with Lenin, Stalin, and a strong central government.

On the other hand, the Americans revolted against strong government and replaced it with one based on the ideas of an Indian society who so well understood human nature that they knew power placed in one person or one elite corrupts. To strengthen individual rights, the Americans divided our government into three separate and opposing executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

The Constitutional Convention delegates knew that in an absolute monarchy all power and all property belongs to the monarch. The delegates knew that, when the debate sparked by the Indian Way was swirling through French society about the legitimate role of government, Louis XIV declared, "I AM THE STATE." Monarchs are not equal. His was absolute, unshared, undivided power. All power and all property belonged to the state and were used for the benefit of the king and the elite, the aristocracy. In the political spectrum, monarchists are the right wing.

In the Nineteenth Century, some Europeans misunderstood the Indian idea of political equality and distorted it into a belief in economic equality. They believed that private ownership of property makes us unequal, and, therefore, all property should belong to the state. In socialism, all property and all power belong to the state and are used for the benefit of the dictator and the elite, the bureaucracy. This is Left.

The Left does not believe in property; the Right does not believe in equality. Both believe in strong governments. Stalin and Mao used strong governments to murder 75 million people who owned property. Hitler used the state to murder millions he believed were inferior. Americanists believe in political equality, private property, and weak, limited government.