Letter to the Supreme Court Of the United States of America

Isn’t it time to repeal the “Doctrine of Discovery?”


Landing of Columbus at the Island of Guanahaní, West Indies (1846), by John Vanderlyn. The landing of Columbus became a powerful icon of American genesis in the 19th century. — Public Domain

I begin with the clause that explains America, the United States of America. It is from a case called Johnson v. M’Intosh, decided on February 28, 1823:

“In the establishment of these relations, the rights of the original inhabitants were, in no instance, entirely disregarded; but were necessarily, to a considerable extent, impaired. They were admitted to be the rightful occupants of the soil, with a legal as well as just claim to retain possession of it, and to use it according to their own discretion; but their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations, were necessarily diminished, and their power to dispose of the soil at their own will, to whomsoever they pleased, was denied by the original fundamental principle that discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it.”

Then, the case sums it all up by decreeing the following: “The history of America, from its discovery to the present day, proves, we think, the universal recognition of these principles.”

If necessary, read that more than once. If it makes no sense, do not feel bad because it is not designed to make sense. This is the declaration of land robbery and conquest by the United States of America and those who founded the place. This explains everything.

The U.S. Supreme Court, if I dare, is saying — those who were here when we, the settlers arrived, have no right to this land and cannot convey it or do anything with it. The land is ours because we want it. We will kill for it because it is our land, by decree, and ultimately, because God said it is ours.

Not long ago, Justice Clarence Thomas says the the Court upon which he sits should revisit some cases that have to do with rights of people (gay marriage, sodomy, and contraception). He did not mention Johnson v. M’Intosh, an absolute abomination of an opinion and a total stripping away of rights.

Why not repeal it? Institute some land reform and return land back rightfully to the indigenous population who still are here in these United States. And in addition, how about land for the African Americans who were promised land in the Reconstruction period as…



Brian G (aka 'bumpyjonas') - he/him

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