Ryan, your article is all over the place and not clearly focused. Its not clear whether you simply have an anti-conservative bias or you're concerned about justice for victims of sexual assault; maybe both. Lets get to the heart of things here, we're seeing a problem with law enforcement on the reservation system, particularly where it concerns inter-racial violence. Okay, what is at the core of this issue, well according to your article, there are two problems one is systemic the other symptomatic. The symptomatic problem is that it is very difficult to arrest and prosecute non-Indian offenders. The systemic problem is the lack of law enforcement officers on reservations and their inability to respond to reports of assault. That says that if there were more cops, they could more easily respond. What does it take for there to be more cops? Funding! who is in charge of making sure the tribes get the funding they need to hire tribal police officers and run justice systems? Congress is in charge and these committees are bi-partisan so don't try to blame one party or the other here; you know as well as everybody else that oversight regulations are attached to all funding and appropriations bills and when Congress doesn't get to have their say the funding gets cut off.... Look, all I'm asking for is that you stop the partisan crap and get to the heart of the matter and that is tribal sovereignty and independence from Federal government involvement. The Federal gov't has never had the best interest of the tribes at heart; EVER! The less the Feds are involved and the more power is returned to the local populace the better things will be; period! Anything else suggests that local populations are incapable of taking care of themselves and that they need the Great Father's help... what a bunch of pap! Indian people are capable of looking after their own interests and did so before the federal gov't ever started their institutionalization of dependence on them. Finally, your last statement suggests that "House Republicans misogyny" is a systemic issue and that all House Republicans are misogynistic... That is a hyperbole taken to the extreme and reveals your own political bias... shame on you for being so transparent! What if I say that the democrats in their desire to be sensitive and helpful continually insist on oversight for all appropriations? How would that be any less realistic than what you've said? Your bias is showing sir, I'm holding you accountable.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 15:09