March 8 should be a day that “lives in infamy,” but it isn’t, in part because of this nation’s, and all nations’, tendency to forget episodes in their history that they would rather pretend didn’t happen. On this date in 1782, 160 Pennsylvania militiamen slaughtered 96 Christian Indians including 39 children, 29 women and 28 men. The Patriots killed their captives by hammering their skulls with mallets from behind, as the victims knelt praying and singing. The Patriots then piled the bodies in mission buildings, and burned the entire Moravian Mission at Gnadenhutten to the ground in the Ohio territory. . The Pennsylvanians claimed that the attack was revenge for raids on their frontier settlements, but the Native Americans they killed were not involved in any attacks. In fact, they were pacifists who had been assisting the Americans against the British by serving as scouts and performing other services.
There were consequences of the massacre, though not to the criminals responsible. Despite talk of bringing the murderers to justice, no charges were filed. But Native American tribes became less willing to trust the Patriots as the Revolutionary War continued. When General George Washington heard about the massacre, he told his soldiers to avoid being captured alive by Indian forces, as he feared the Americans would be tortured. Many were, and Native Americans had longer memories of the atrocity at Gnadenhutten than the citizens of the new nation. In 1810, Shawnee chief Tecumseh pointedly reminded future General and later President William Henry Harrison, “You recall the time when the Jesus Indians of the Delawares lived near the Americans, and had confidence in their promises of friendship, and thought they were secure, yet the Americans murdered all the men, women, and children, even as they prayed to Jesus?”
Theodore Roosevelt, a historian in addition to his other pursuits, called the atrocity “a stain on frontier character that the lapse of time cannot wash away.”
But it has, hasn’t it?
1. And they said Trump supporters were stupid! A group called Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden feel betrayed:
These people really believed that the Democratic Party was going to “engage” on the topic of abortion, and that electing Joe Biden President would lead to compromises and moderation on the issue. Let me write that again: These people really believed that the Democratic Party was going to “engage” on the topic of abortion, and that electing Joe Biden President would lead to compromises and moderation on the issue.As you know, I have constant difficulty accepting the principle that being stupid isn’t unethical. Outrageous stupidity makes me angry, and maybe that’s unfair. Episodes like this are difficult for me to put in perspective.
2. Regarding the baseball team formerly known as “Indians”…Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes have been bounced from the team’s Spring Training camp for violating health and safety protocols, manager Terry Francona told reporters yesterday. The players dined together at a restaurant and Reyes had a haircut out of camp. Never mind whether or not the Wuhan rules are reasonable; baseball teams have strict pandemic requirements, because a clubhouse infection can put the whole season in jeopardy. Last year, Cleveland suspended and traded on of its key starting pitchers for violating the protocols. Listening to the MLB Sirius channel, a reliable locale to hear ethics dunces 24-7, I heard two baseball writer hosts sympathizing with Ramirez and Reyes. “Young men think they are invincible,” one shrugged. The two “young men” are multi-millionaires who have well-defined responsibilities to the game and to their employers. They don’t have to think, they just have to be responsible and follow the conditions of their employment.
3. And while we’re on the topic of stupidity…Jury selection in the George Floyd murder trial began today. Robin Meade, lovely as ever, was also dimmer than usual on HLN this morning. Looking puzzled, Robin asked the legal analyst Joey Jackson what possible defense former officer Derek Chauvin could have. Well, Jackson said, there is some question about whether Chauvin’s knee was what really killed Floyd, since the medical examination seemed to show that he had taken substances that might have “contributed ” to his death.
Apparently Minneapolis wants a repeat of the Rodney King riots. I don’t see how it avoids them at this point.
4. How does a Democrat make this argument without laughing? Especially this Democrat: with five (and counting) sexual harassers and sexual assault accusers already, a deadly pandemic scandal and a cover-up, and leaders in his own party calling for his resignation, Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday,
“I was elected by the people of the state. I was not elected by politicians. I’m not going to resign because of allegations.The system is based on due process, and the credibility of the allegations. Anybody has the ability to make an allegation in a democracy, and that’s great, but it’s in the credibility of the allegations.”
The Kavanaugh hearings? Two impeachments of an elected President based on allegations? The Trump campaign surveilled with illegally obtained warrants, based on unsubstantiated allegations in an opposition research memo? Democratic Party leaders demanding the 25th Amendment removal of President Trump based on the allegations of psychiatrists who had never examined him? When did due process start being respected by this Democratic Party?
Meanwhile, the sexual harassment law Governor Cuomo signed in 2019, SB 6577, lowered the burden of proof for sexual harassment allegations. Under the law, “harassment would [not need to] be considered severe or pervasive under precedent applied to harassment claims.”
5. Imagine…Andrew is the smart Cuomo!
Last week, as the Governor’s brother Chris handed off his show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” to Don Lemon, CNN’s second most incompetent journalist who hosts “CNN Tonight,” Cuomo was singing the theme song to the African-American 1970s TV show, “Good Times” (“Dyno-Miiiiiiite!“) and said, “You know I’m black on the inside.”
Now, as Chris Cuomo’s stupidity goes, this wouldn’t even make my top 100 examples. But Chris panders to the Woke and Wonderful, so the fact that he would say lead with his jaw with such a cringe-worthy line once again shows that CNN is irresponsible to entrust even its pathetic brand of quasi-journalism to someone so, so… Fredo. The outrage Cuomo provoked is nicely typified by the reaction of Aisha K. Staggers, managing editor of “Sister2Sister” magazine:
“It’s fucking offensive. Black isn’t something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being physically Black on the outside. This is cultural appropriation. Black is not a costume, I don’t get to be white when I don’t feel like not dealing with racism or racist police or just regular bullshit Black people deal with. I can’t even hide at home because I can be killed there in my bed, so understand, there was nothing silly about this.”
Yup…all over America, racist cops are killing women hiding in their beds. Well, that’s CNN’s audience, and Cuomo should know better than to say “he’s black inside.” But he doesn’t.