Why can’t tribes co-exist?
I suggest you ask the prophet Moses that question. Better yet read a little history either written by, or made by Moses. Start with the Bible and read Numbers; Chapter 31. Blue, where do you think the Nazis’ learned how to commit war crimes on a grand scale?
Next, you may want to check into that little Clan Campbell v Clan MacDonald brouhaha thing in Scotts' Land. Don't forget those "peaceful" Native American tribes like the Aztecs (the PC crown are always gushing about the Aztecs) I wish to remind you that it was the Aztec who raised captive human sacrifice... (Oops, sorry, I meant to type involuntary open-heart surgery) to a high art form. :roll:
Why can’t tribes co-exist? It seems to me that problems start when tribes or groups of people are oppressed by a government.
Oppression of other governments and other peoples is what we humans invented governments to do. It’s the only thing governments do well. That and somewhat restraining the most unruly citizens among us until their knack for violence is needed by society. I am not making excuses for us humans, Blue. I am just pointing out the obvious to you.
In our case... weren’t most people here (minus the natives) of the same tribe as their countrymen in the British Isles?
Are you refering to the Scotsmen, the Irish, the Welsh, the Anglo-Saxons, the Huguenot French, the Catholic French, the Extremadura Spanish, the Dutch, the Portuguese, Walloons, Norse French, Swedes, Prussians, Pomeranians, Hessians, Norwegians, Vikings, religious exiles like the Pilgrims, Anglo-Catholics, Baptist, Anti-Baptist, Irish-Catholics, British-Catholics, Quakers, Scots Irish, or Jews? Just which untribal tribe or clan did we all spring from back there in jolly old England?
The "Native" Americans were certainly tribal, how you think they got tagged with the name "Indian Tribes?" Guess what, Indians are not interested in loosing their tribal identity either. Tribes may make alliances with each other when it is to their mutual benefit. In the late thirties or early forties so did the USA with Great Britain or Italy with Germany, Germany with Russia, Russia with Japan, Japan with Germany, France with Great Brittan, Great Brittan and France with Norway, Germany with Finland, pant, pant, pant phew.
I’m not refuting that tribalism exists, I’m just hopeful that maybe people can come together for a greater good. Maybe I’m un-realistic.
I think you are slightly naive, meaning you have never considered the issue, so lets get started, what is the greater good you speak of is, other than maintaining the tribe and therefore tribalism. This is not written to put you down but to encourage you to think for yourself and too help you break away from those Politically Correct elite so called writers, down there at the New York Times. Good talking to you Blue. Have a good day, and may all your honey flows be long ones.