Bliss by Harry Bliss


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, 10 months ago

    One had the land, the other had the guns and the numbers.

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago


    Simple as that.


    INGSOC GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    The offering, or the passing of the pipe had not helped..

  4. edclectic

    edclectic said, 10 months ago

    That’s not all that got eliminated!

  5. Jay_Dallas

    Jay_Dallas said, 10 months ago


    That’s the “How.” The “Why” would have to do with the colonial viewpoints of superiority and entitlement.

  6. SavannahJack

    SavannahJack said, 10 months ago

    Okay, here’s how Manifest Destiny worked:
    You move into this wonderful area. The land is fertile, there’s good water and lots of trees, and the neighbors live a few valleys over, but are very friendly, for the most part.
    You and your family set up farming, and do real well. You are prosperous and like most farmers, you have lots of kids, because a) you love your wife; and b) you need help on that farm.
    A few generations pass, and pretty soon, that fertile valley is getting a might crowded. The neighbors a few valleys over are still there (though a lot of them got “sick” a few winters ago and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be). And, you are starting to realize, most of the land between you and the neighbors is “empty.”
    Sure, the neighbors cull the dang deer off it, sometimes, and take the bison other critters, and even gather a few of the wild fruit that grow there. But even they don’t say they “own” those empty valleys, and your little plot is getting quite a bit crowded.
    So, you send Nephew Ezekiel and his wife and their young’uns over to set up a farm. Just a small one, right there in the next valley. They do real well.
    Sure, the neighbors got a little miffed and tore up his fences, but Ezekiel offered to let them hunt his land (dang deer) and even offered to trade some sugar, and gingham cloth, and an old flintlock for some rancid beaver pelts, and they seemed to calm down.
    A few generations pass, and pretty soon, Nephew Ezekiel and his kin have pretty much filled that neighboring valley. They are real prosperous, and numerous.
    Ezekiel’s grandson, Hezekiah, is kinda worried now. The valley is crowded cheek by jowl and his second son Abner won’t be able to clear a patch (there are no more forests) after first son Josiah gets the farm …
    And Hezekiah starts to notice that that land in the next valley, right next to the neighbors, is just setting there vacant all the time. Heck, the neighbors have never planted so much as an onion, and your own second son is like to end up a farm hand to his brother.
    Well, that’s Manifest Destiny. It is not so much a justification for the displacement of the Native Americans, as it is a political theory explaining why it had to happen.
    And happen it did.

  7. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    a shorter version of that is:
    they have it
    we want it
    we take it

  8. Perkycat

    Perkycat GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago


    I might have enjoyed history more had you been my history teacher. Great story – explanation.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 10 months ago


    It went more than that way. Yours is a sterilized misconception of a religious based idea. And the autocthons, Amerindians, didn’t like their neighbors who come to their land and start putting up fences. Some protested with violence, others with treaties enforced by the Union blue coats against the red skins.
    There was heavy promotion of Manifest Destiny on the crowded East coast to “go Westward young man!” Lied to them about riches etc. It wasn’t easy to farm. The white eyes killed their bison, fenced the ranges and pushed them out.
    Its very title Manifest Destiny spoke of a holy mission of conquest. The Indians lost. If they had created and consolidated into the land of Comancheria, after the defeat of Custer and the 7th calvary they might have succeeded.

  10. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, 10 months ago


    I’d say that Jack’s version was from a personal point of view and yours is from a political perspective. Each is true in its own way, as would be a dozen other perspectives… and don’t forget that both the personal and political required a fairly complex set of rationalizations…

  11. Ather

    Ather said, 10 months ago

    god told us to do it.

  12. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, 10 months ago

    Time and time again throughout history the people with the superior technology tended to think that they themselves were superior and that they had the right to subjugate everyone else.

  13. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Of course, it didn’t eliminate the NAs. It did seriously reduce their numbers, though, through forced assimilation and forced annihilation. They’re still around, though. Just walk into any casino in Connecticut, for example.

  14. Alfresco

    Alfresco said, 10 months ago

    Sort of brings to mind the Israeli “settlements”, doesn’t it?

  15. StepYaGameUp

    StepYaGameUp said, 10 months ago

    Uhhhh…I’m on break!

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