To the Editor:
In response to Clifford Evenson’s letter (“Thank God for America,” Aug. 20).
Perhaps Mr. Evenson has forgotten parts of American history. This country already was inhabited when the settlers arrived. The native population was enjoying a life of freedom and security when settlers began incessant violations of native rights and the theft of their property, as well as the death of tribal groups to the last individual who could provide the history of his or her culture.
This invasion also included the introduction of non-native animals and plants that, over time, choked out species never to be seen again except in a museum. Native Americans were lied to, moved away from their homeland and forced to change their spiritual beliefs to suit the settlers.
I wonder too about Evenson’s reference to Judeo-Christian law. The Torah has numerous laws outside of the 10 most Christians seem to pick as their guide. I do not believe a person can pick and choose what suits his purpose at a moment in time and then to apply those rules to cover his personal interests and monetary gains.
The era of the robber barons in American history certainly does not speak of compassion or humanity.
The wholesale selling of this country to overseas interests seems to have begun when the settlers arrived.
Mr. Evenson’s last paragraph says it all. He uses past tenses “was” and “ever known” to refer to America’s status. Is he rejecting then all of his previous statements? I have to wonder.