WASHINGTON: Happy Custer Day!
Today, those of American Indian heritage celebrate the Battle of the Little Bighorn. This the date of their last victory over what was nothing less than the tyranny of white invaders. The day celebrates the hubris of political leaders.
On this day 143 years ago, Custer and his Seventh Cavalry approached a site known as the Crow’s Nest. From that high rock outcropping, his Crow and Arikara scouts pointed out a huge dust cloud to the north.
“Those are Indian ponies,” he was told. “Thousands of ’em.”
“I don’t see nothin’,” Custer reportedly replied, or words to that effect.
Then Custer commented on the excellence of his vision, implying that his scouts had the visual acuity of vampire bats. His Indian scouts began singing their death songs.
Everyone knows what happened next. Most of us already know the outcome when we ignore expert advice. Unwise decisions almost always follow.
The Democratic Debates: Wednesday and Thursday
Tomorrow night, the Democrats will hold their first presidential debate. Alternatively, half of them will. The rest will gather on Thursday. Resembling a crowd waiting for rock concert tickets, they will excitedly discuss “stuff.” They will agree on general goals, but each will argue that his or her vision is better than the others’
Not unlike Custer just before his Last Stand. Just before the colonel (ex-general) died.
Democrat talking points
Rebranded from the original and more alarming “Global Warming,” climate change will be high on the Democrats’ list of concerns. None of them is a scientist, engineer, or economist, and no authorities on the topic will be present.
Compared to their vision, Democrats believe that the vision of a trained expert is like that of vampire bats. Ninety percent of politicians are trained as lawyers or bartenders. Few have any analytical or technological expertise, and none of those will be none on the debate stage on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Those who are on the stage will know better than anyone else about the costs, hazards, and feasibility of wind, solar, and nuclear energy compared to fossil fuels. Just ask ’em.
Like Custer’s big battle, watchers with the stomach for it will see a political bloodbath. Moreover, who will emerge standing is anyone’s guess.
Off the southern coast of Japan lies evidence of an unknown civilization that existed millennia ago. First discovered in 1986, the top of Yonaguni’s tallest structure lies forty feet under the ocean’s surface. Whoever built it didn’t have the vision of today’s Democrats, or they would not have built their temples where they did.
However, the goal to provide the people with a free temple of learning overwhelmed any sense.
The people of Yonaguni did, I am sure, rant long and loud, even as the waters rose around their ankles. They didn’t spew carbon dioxide in those days.
So the faults of the people, like overeating seaweed or not dancing under the full moon, are the cause of the disaster.
At least according to their self-appointed mentor. She was a bartender from Yonaguni’s Bronx district.
I’m also sure that balking at the words of contrived wisdom they’d be forced to endure would have labeled them as being stupid for their intransigence.
“Elect me as your leader,” says the Democrats. “I know stuff. I have excellent vision. Better than yours. You need me to lead you into a brighter future.”
Yeah. Like those soldiers and scouts needed Custer. Biden and Bernie best beware. The winner may be Fauxcohontas, aka Elizabeth Warren.
Custer’s Last Stand: By Charles Marion Russell – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g07160. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11291820