Newly Found Tribe Update: Responding to Rush Limbaugh's Question

For an audio recording and transcription of Rush Limbaugh's May 30 remarks on the newly discovered uncontacted Brazilian tribe, go here. In it, he asks:

The Brazilian government says that it took the images to prove the tribe exists and to help protect its land. Wait a minute. Why do we have to help protect the land of this tribe? Aren't they the essence of purity, according to the environmentalist communists?.... Why do we need to protect their land? They're doing a better job of it than any of us ever could protect our land.

But the Brazilian government's decision isn't about whether this tribe is environmentally sound. The threats to the survival of the group don't come from it trashing the land with plastic and bottle tops and factory/industrial waste. Rather, it's from mercenary-like groups that come in and remove the Indians from their land or that come in and physically remove the resources (e.g., valuable hardwood trees) without permission or permits.

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