Here it comes…. you ready? I keep my ear pretty close to the crazy ground, so I think this might have some legs. From the people that brought you "death panels", the next big fear.
And it goes something like this:
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS GOING TO RETURN MANHATTAN TO THE INDIANS
You see, on December 16, the President announced that the U.S. would reverse course and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration was adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2007, but the U.S., under President Bush, opposed it.
The UN Declaration — known as Article 26 – says:
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.
2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired.
3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.
The fringe right has seized on this, as well as the fact that Obama was made an honorary member of certain Indian tribes during the 2008 campaign.
And first up to bat the loony theory? The World Net Daily, of course, which puts in the form of a question:
Obama to give Manhattan back to Native Americans?
Give a week or two, and that question mark will be an exclamation point.