‘Dances with Lies’ Takes Center Stage

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Elizabeth Warren’s introductory speech at the Democratic National Convention came with a predictable broadside aimed at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a tool of big corporations who wants to “pulverize financial reform, voucher-ize Medicare, and vaporize Obamacare.”

In contrast to the wicked Romney agenda, Warren regaled the assembled Democratic delegates with the comforting notion that President Obama would defend their interests against those evil forces, since Obama “believes in a country where everyone is held accountable.”

Yet, while Warren was extolling the virtues of accountability, her own lack of accountability was glaringly on display in the days leading up to her speech — namely with her refusal to meet with Native Americans over her fraudulent claims of American Indian heritage.

Warren’s attendance at the sit-down had been requested by a contingent of Native Americans attending the DNC, all of whom were hoping to receive an explanation as to why Warren had long misrepresented herself as an American Indian minority.

Warren has been able to parlay her now debunked claim of Cherokee heritage into a distinguished academic law career, current position as a Massachusetts Democratic senatorial candidate, and rising stardom in the Democratic Party. For real Native Americans, however, like those convention attendees in Charlotte, Warren’s bogus claim to Cherokee lineage is a slap in the face to those without her wealth, power and privilege.

According to Frank LeMere, of the Nebraska Winnebago Tribe, Warren “shouldn’t represent that she is Native American. Our issues are too important,” adding he would “absolutely not” back a candidate who lied about being American Indian. Harlyn Geronimo, the great-grandson of the legendary Apache warrior, echoed that view when he said, “I wouldn’t vote for anybody that is being dishonest, and unfair to our people.”

Others, like Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, a Montana state senator and member of the Crow Nation, said, “If you’re [Warren] going to claim that you are American Indian and a descendant of some Native nation then you have to represent…That’s what it’s all about.”

But Warren, who was happy to fraudulently exploit American Indian heritage throughout her career, had no intention of representing herself before the Native American caucus in Charlotte as a legitimate member, saying in apparent frustration over allegations, “I’ve answered those questions, what I’m here to talk about [is] what’s happening to America’s working class families.”

Warren’s exasperation stems from her disingenuous, insincere and at times, highly comical attempts to quell the controversy of her heritage, which first erupted in May when it was discovered that she had long been using unsubstantiated claims of Cherokee lineage to enhance her career prospects.

Those efforts first began in 1986 when Warren, in an effort to appeal to recruiters, started listing herself as Native American, actions which led to her name being placed in the faculty directory of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) under “Minority Law Teachers.”

From there, Warren then reported herself as Native American on job applications for positions she garnered at both the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, lies which both institutions claim played no role in their hiring of Warren.

Despite those claims, both institutions, which were then under fire for a lack of diversity among its faculty members, were certainly vocal in promoting Warren as a Native American hire, with Harvard Law School proclaiming her to be its first Native American hire.

Warren, however, has said until recently she knew nothing about Harvard Law boasting about her alleged Indian heritage, a case of amnesia which may be catching as Harvard Law School, which lists one Native American faculty member, has refused to say whether that person refers to Elizabeth Warren.

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  • pierce

    I listened, and could not believe the contrast between the 2 conventions, one seemed practical and down to earth, facing the the reality of a very grave crisis with sensible solutions, the other almost ignoring the obvious. It seemed to me that last night those people don't want to give up their entitlements, like OWS is a needed movement, but needed for what purpose. I guess you can tell what I stand for right or wrong, but that is what makes the world go round.

  • davarino

    They are all nuts.

    • mlcblog

      It's the liars convention.

  • Schlomotion

    I thought Elizabeth Warren gave an excellent speech, and I was honored today, although a registered Republican, to take a Democratic ballot and cast my vote for her and stick it in the black box.

    • ziontruth

      Schlocky is as much of a right-winger as Warren is an American Indian or the Arab settler-colonists squatting on the Land of Israel are Palestinians.

      Fraud and fakery—it's a playbook perfected by the Left/Islam alliance.

    • wsk

      "BLACK BOX", what a racist comment.

    • reader

      Of course, you were honored by her excellent speech. She's almost as much of a fraud as you are. Only nobody's going to stick anything in any box for you. O-o-oh….

  • IsraelFirster

    She claims to be what 1/16 or 1/64 Native American. She'd better be careful. One nosebleed and she'll be out of the tribe. There are liars, damned liars and Democats. Anyone who would vote for her over Scott Brown, a proven honest politician, is a fool. I haven't always been happy with Brown's choices on issues but he's tried hard to take the middle road on most issues, unlike Squaw Lying Prof or Socialist Kenyan President.

  • mik

    Listen Solomon, the reason you are a Republican is so you can vote in the primaries for the least electable candidate.

  • mongoose

    Her Cherokee tribal name is "Speaks with Forked Tongue".

  • geopeyton

    "According to Frank LeMere, of the Nebraska Winnebago Tribe, Warren “shouldn’t represent that she is Native American. Our issues are too important,” adding he would “absolutely not” back a candidate who lied about being American Indian. Harlyn Geronimo, the great-grandson of the legendary Apache warrior, echoed that view when he said, “I wouldn’t vote for anybody that is being dishonest, and unfair to our people.”"

    And yet they continue to support a party that has spit in their faces by granting a position of prominence to such an obvious low life fraud…

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_R_Allen @Brian_R_Allen

    "Dances With Whoppers' works with me.

  • Questions

    The author is right, but this is such a tangential issue that it hardly matters. The real issue is that Elizabeth Warren is a populist of the Left. Yes, I know: She's a Harvard law professor, not exactly where populists are found. But she knows how to transform sentiment of the crowd into authoritarian political action, the hallmark of all radical populists, Left or Right. Whether she can claim authentic Creek, Shoshone or Mohawk ancestry is virtually irrelevant.

  • Tanstaal jw

    Fraud!

  • Molly

    I remember when Twila Barnes and several others tried to meet up with E. Warren….she completely dodged them. They were going to give her a present, but since she didn't have the decency to meet up with them or let them know she was too busy, they disposed of flower arrangement.

  • Rick_in_VA

    Not to split hairs, but the legal definition of "native American" is a person who was born in this country. This has nothing to do with American Indian heritage. I think people should do a little research before putting pen to paper. (or is that fingers to keyboard?)

  • Jim_C

    Such a horrible scandal! Make sure you blow the lid right off this thing! The collective yawn will be staggering!

    • Maxie

      "Of course, Warren’s ancestral claims, bogus or not, have done little to hurt her standing in the eyes of the Democratic Party, which sees her as a rising star."
      Of course! Lies are career-enhancers for Lefties whose credo is "the ends justify the means"! Lefties live by their notorious Double Standard which is hypocrisy defined: Applause for me; shackles for thee and by any means necessary. It all depends on what the meaning of "is" is. Now get that blue dress outta here! Yuk! Yuk!

  • fightwarnotwars

    Elizabeth Warren was great last night, looking forward to having her in Congress. I'm going to get so much pleasure from seeing/reading/hearing Republicans whine about being defeated on all fronts in November, it's going to be a blast.

    • reader

      …just like the other night in Wisconsin, right after cheerful chants "Hit the road, Scott, and don't you come back no more…" Oh, Scott Walker is still the Governor? That can't be….

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt that there are going to be too many Native Americans voting for Ms. Warren.

  • Stan Lee

    Warren id ducking the real native American people. If she was for real, she wouldn't pass up the opportunity to meet with those folks while there at that Convention. I think she's avoiding them, not because she's there to address "a bigger picture of America," but for fear of slipping up in front of them who know their own, and losing her sales gimmick.

  • SuicidePrevention

    Elizabeth Warren, like Brooksley Born, Sheila Bair and William Black are among the few who oppose the terrorist financial executives who hold this country hostage. Let the big banks fail. Let their bondholders take haircuts. Let the corner office criminals face prosecution. And private equity kingpin tax evaders, too.
    My next read will be William Black's The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&L Industry. My last one was Neil Barofsky's Bailout. (Barofsky was Bush appointed SIGTARP – Special Inspector General for the TARP program.) And you know, Elizabeth Warren wins rare high praise in Barofsky's book.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    So Warren lied to gain benefits given to minority status, a quick stepping stone up, look into Obama
    who is rumored to have gone to College as a foreign exchange student. I think the Democrats have
    a serious problem with telling the truth and are geared to set up programs in government in order
    to abuse them by fraud. Warren is cherished in the Democratic ranks for her abilities as a bald faced
    liar………..who votes for these shams is quite telling of the debased moral character of todays
    Democrats, quite revolting……………………..William

  • SuicidePrevention

    It sounds like Frank Crimi is having a hard time paying the bills. This is from Amazon about his one book:
    I'm sure that when a person descends into madness, it comes along gradually and doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't seem reasonable to think you go to bed-faculties intact-and then find yourself the next morning in your underwear, standing in front of your house, yelling at the mailbox. I'm not certain when the actual moment of my own descent occurred, the point at which I lost all semblance of my true identity, but it may have started around the time I lost my job. Prior to that moment, I was a sharp guy wearing a suit and tie who got up early each morning to wage the corporate battle. The next thing I knew, I sat clad in a stained bathrobe, clipping coupons at my kitchen table. When Frank Crimi lost his job after years in the corporate world, he also lost himself. After a time of uncertainty and a bit of fumbling, he decided to fulfill his lifelong goal: become a writer…
    And now Crimi is a cog in the right wing smear machine. Just what was his job in "the corporate world"?

  • Jules

    Just like the con artist Ward Churchill , Elizabeth used a false genetic claim to receive minority privileges.

    It is simple to prove with 2 hours of research or a DNA test. And it should be done that way because Native Americans have tribal laws that cover ancestry.By refusing to meet with the Council or show definitive proof she is spitting on all Tribes.

    It is repulsive and offensive this woman is abusing Native history. Wasn’t enough done to them in the past ? What right does this vile person have to run for political office when she is blatant liar?

  • http://twitter.com/SheWhoPlays @SheWhoPlays

    Dancin' with Obama is the same dancing with the devil, a liar, murderer and thief.

  • Jill

    Besides getting benefits to which she was never entitled, Warren claims to be 1/32 Native American. Well, Ms. Warren, my children are 1/16 Narraganset and they've never gotten a thing for that lineage. I think she's a thief who has lied to get benefits that even real Native Americans don't get.