This final paper is on experiences with socialism and capitalism in the United States and will draw on many of the other aspects of business history we learned this term. Now as we all know the United States is considered a capitalistic country. So one would question how could a capitalistic country have socialism within its own borders?
During week one our objective study was to understand several key problem areas of the world. One of the main issues of learning during that week addressed was the difference between capitalism and socialism. For this I used a different approach than what was normally expected. Instead of going with the classical approach of using other countries like Russia to show socialism; I used something closer to home, Native American Tribes residing in the United States.
I found an article in the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indian’s newspaper on its election process and used it to write my own paper showing how even within the borders of the United States you could find socialism being actively practiced by Native American Tribes.
I completely showed how a Native American Tribe could use sovereign immunity to protect its socialistic ways, which goes against the United States Constitution even though it is housed in the same physical boundaries of this country, which uses a capitalistic approach to its government. To begin the next part is a summary of the article on elections from the Sault Tribe newspaper.
Source: Sault Tribe News March 2002 edition
Title: Election committee ensures fair process
The main title of the article was Election committee ensures fair process. The article starts out explaining that over 17,000 notices of the election were recently sent out, which explains the election process to members. The election committee consisting of 13 members oversees the entire election process. Currently there is one seat open for appointment. They meet a few times during the non-election years and as the elections draw near the amount of meetings increase. They serve 4 years terms and try to ensure a fair election process. “They come in all shapes, sizes and ages on the committee.” Said Chairperson Lori Jump.
The committee is always looking for volunteers to help them with all of their work, such as mailing and counting ballots. Last election ballot returns were up 64%. The committee hopes to increase this to even greater numbers in the future. The committee is also responsible for checking personal financial information and doing criminal checks on all candidates.
After each election the committee gets together to brainstorm to see what went right or wrong and how it can be fixed or made better. One current idea the committee is looking into to present to the Main Board is electronic balloting, which will speed up the counting process considerably.
The final section of the article again ask for volunteers and gives a little more description on the work the committee does. They register voters, prepare a list of eligible voters, prepare and send out ballots, prepare and post a list of eligible candidates, account for all returning ballots and count them and in the event of a tie the committee decides the election by drawing lots.
First of all this paper travels all over the United States. I feel the article itself was written poorly and even the comment of the chairperson is odd. Now what the article does not tell you is that it is the current Board of Directors who appoints these people to their terms not the members of the Tribe. If they fail to follow the Boards directives they find themselves replaced with people who will comply with the Chairman of the Board of Directors. You can see how this looks very socialistic.
I really liked the title of the article Election committee ensures fair process. Yet in the entire article it did not mention what they do to make things fair. Why? Could it be the Government at hand does not want a fair election, but wishes you to think that it actually does have one? Also during election time the incumbents try to tell you how much they have helped the Tribe and how great things are. While they each have large incomes and the majority of the tribal members live below the national poverty level.
The Board of Directors and the Chairman also control what is printed in that newspaper. There is no such thing as freedom of the press and if you try to raise a fight against these ideas you could be labeled as a dissident or if you try to take them to a real court to fight for your rights as a United States citizen or if any group or part of the U.S. Government tries to go against them or charge them with crimes they claim Tribal Sovereignty.