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I think the whole kerfuffle is rather silly, especially when juxtaposed against issues that truly harm Native Americans, like the denial of private property rights on reservations and their abysmal federally managed health care (of which ‘annual’ funding usually runs out after 6 months) .
My ire wasn’t raised until the involvement of the Feds and their unilateral decision on what is ‘offensive’ to justify what I consider an illegal action and dangerous precedent. Was this a trial balloon?
This is the same government run and administered by individuals who consider it settled ‘fact’ the conservatives hate the poor, the Tea Party is racist, those who oppose the President do so because of his skin color, and that CO2 is a toxin that they have absolute power to regulate and manage.
The government’s prime and most basic purpose is to protect the rights and property of its citizens. Trademarks are a mechanism created to protect intellectual property.
In this case, not only is the government using a unilateral determination of what is offensive to abdicate their most basic responsibility of protecting property, but it is publicly denouncing the right to that property based on ‘feelings’, real or not, justified or not.
Dangerous. Very dangerous.