Not all the fallen were the Army
You know and I know that Barrack Obama can do nothing right for the right, right? Now the folks that call themselves a
“news organization website” are up in arms with a list of people Obama says were “groundbreakers”. It seems there was one name that bothered them more than the others. Jeremiah Wright? Karl Marx? Nah. Sitting Bull. The screaming headline on the Fox Nation Website.

“Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General”

If you check it now, they have changed “killed” to “defeated” probably after a bit of uproar. Good grief. Haven’t these buffoons better things to do? Apparently not. What was the list you ask? It comes from the pages of Obama’s book “Of Thee I Sing: A letter to my Daughters,” which showed up in bookstores. First of all, to no one’s surprise, some facts put forth by Fox as true (fair and balanced) are skewed. Sitting Bull was a medicine man and not present when Custer and the 7th Cavalry were wiped out at the Battle of the Little Big Horn River. (Not that it really matters in the big picture of our horrible relationships and broken treaties with native peoples) The battle was between two well-armed armies led by General George A. Custer on the army side and Crazy Horse of the Teton Lakota, Two Moons of the Northern Cheyenne and Gall of the Hunkpapa Lakota on the native American side. It’s history, Fox. History that has those pesky little things called facts.

Here’s the list that had Fox and other idiots all tied up:
Georgia O’Keeffe (“helped us see big beauty in what is small”)
Albert Einstein (“changing the world with energy and light”)
Jackie Robinson (“showed us all how to turn fear to respect”)
Sitting Bull (“a Sioux medicine man”)
Billie Holiday (“sang beautiful blues”)
Helen Keller (“taught us to look and listen to each other”)
Maya Lin (“public spaces should be filled with art, she thought”)
Jane Addams (“fed the poor”)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (“taught us unyielding compassion”)
Neil Armstrong (“first to walk on the moon”)
Cesar Chavez (“showed farmworkers their own power”)
Abraham Lincoln (“promised freedom to enslaved sisters and brothers”)
George Washington (“our first president”)

As an American I think we should visit two places when it comes to the western expansion, the first one is Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the other is the Little Big Horn battleground. Several weeks ago I visited both. At Wounded Knee I could feel a palpable sadness coming from the mass grave of unarmed women, children and the old. It’s hard for me to describe as I placed my hands on the grave, but it was if there was great loneliness wrapping its cold arms around me. The other place that had a totally different feeling was the Custer disaster monument. There is great sadness there as well, but not the hopelessness I felt at Wounded Knee, maybe because it was a fair fight. The Army lost that day but eventually won the war. Indians were forced to assimilate or die. That’s just an aside and a little off the track.

and so it goes…