Hail to the Redskins!

Pat Buchanan, WND, October 21, 2013

After Sunday mass at Holy Trinity, the parents left their four boys in Georgetown to drive to Griffith Stadium to join 27,000 fans to watch “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Something else was happening that Sunday. As the scoreless tie went on, there came a series of public service announcements calling on admirals, generals and officials to leave the stadium and report to their posts. Only when mom and dad left did they learn why.

It was Dec. 7, 1941, and the headline on the extra edition of the tabloid press sold outside Griffith Stadium read in big war type: “Japs Bomb Pearl Harbor!”

Seven years on, after a black Tuesday in the family on my 10th birthday, Nov. 2, 1948, the day Harry Truman waxed Tom Dewey, I was the privileged son taken out to see the Redskins face the same Eagles.

But now the Eagles had the NFL’s leading running back Steve Van Buren and the great All-Pro end Pete Pihos.

Surfing the Web to confirm my memories, I came across some things I did not know then. Van Buren, an NFL immortal who would set all-time rushing records, had been orphaned as a boy in Louisiana.

Pihos had a more arresting story. His father had been murdered. An All-American at Indiana, he had his career interrupted. He had been with the 35th Infantry under Gen. George Patton, took part in D-Day, was commissioned a second lieutenant on the battlefield, and won a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for bravery.

And for a tiny fraction of what players make today, these tough men were battling it out in the ’40s in a boys’ game in leather helmets.

Washington was another city then, a deeply rooted city, not the cosmopolitan world capital of today where our multicultural elites all seem to come from somewhere else.

Yet, one still recalls from boyhood that when the Redskins would score the fans would all take up the team’s fight song written by Corinne Griffith, wife of owner George Preston Marshall. Redskin bandleader Barnee Breeskin wrote the music in the ’30s. Here is how it went:

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Yeah, I know. Pure unadulterated racism. We just didn’t know it.

Fortunately, we now have sensitive souls like Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation to tutor us in our depravity.

“By changing his team’s name,” Redskin owner Dan Snyder “can create a better historical legacy for himself–one of tolerance and mutual respect,” says Halbritter: “Native Americans do not want their people to be hurt by such painful epithets.”

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Years ago, I recall hearing a line I thought a magnificent tribute to the toughness, bravery and perseverance of these peoples the Europeans encountered and fought on American soil for centuries.

“There is no whine in the Indian,” the writer said.

What he meant was that these were people who stood, fought and died, and did not whimper. {snip}

And as I have never heard of anyone choosing a team name to insult it, who is really lacking in tolerance and mutual respect here?

If Halbritter has a problem with the Redskins, he’s got more problems than that in D.C. Among this city’s great monuments is the memorial to Jefferson whose Declaration of Independence speaks of those “merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction, of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

After burning and pillaging Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., Gen. William Tecumseh “Uncle Billy” Sherman talked of a “final solution to the Indian problem” and wrote his friend Gen. Grant: “We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children.”

Theodore Roosevelt dissented from Gen. Sherman’s oft-stated view that the “only good Indian is a dead Indian.” Said. T. R., “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”

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And so what are we going to do here?

Edit Jefferson’s declaration, tear down the Jefferson Memorial, pull down Sherman’s statue, dynamite T.R. off the face of Mount Rushmore?

Or maybe just tell the Oneida crowd we know how excruciatingly painful it must be to have to hear “Hail to the Redskins!” but are confident they have the moxie and the manhood to deal with it.

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  • Puggg

    If Halbritter has a problem with the Redskins, he’s got more problems
    than that in D.C. Among this city’s great monuments is the memorial to
    Jefferson whose Declaration of Independence speaks of those “merciless
    Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished
    destruction, of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

    Ordinarily, this kind of issue would be no big deal to doggy here. But Pat Buchanan is trying to make a point here. First they came for “Redskins,” and I barked nothing, then they’ll come for Thomas Jefferson statues, and I won’t bark then either, and they’re not going to stop until it’s all Martin Luther King everywhere.

    • Alfred the Great

      You’re right. In a few hundred years, the mixed-race people of America will remove all aspects of we and our ancestors.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Sooner than that.

        In Los Angeles, it’s happening very quickly. Part of historic Sunset Blvd. is now “Cesar Chavez Blvd.” and new schools are being named after Mexican heroes including Carlos Santana.

        Supermarket shelves are increasingly carrying Mexican goods (yesterday I saw a few items ONLY in Spanish and others with English subtitles). There was a banner in Lowe’s not too long ago advertising a fight — in ONLY Spanish. The changeover seems to be accelerating here.

        Pretty soon, English will be forgotten along with those who created and built this city for themselves as a reflection of their own culture, heritage and language.

        It is being destroyed as I’m writing this.

        As for South Africa, the changeover happened rapidly too.

        Bon

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      You dogs had better get on it then and quit looking at pug porno!!

  • Alexandra1973

    Just curious…what do you guys think of Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians mascot?

    My mom hates it.

    I told her, while I can see why Amerinds would be a bit ticked off at it, I have more pressing things to be concerned about.

    • Katherine McChesney

      You should observe the ritual performed at every home game with the Atlanta Braves. It is so anti-Indian it’s disgusting. Spectators pump their arms as if beating Indian tom-toms, then all of the sudden there’s a bugle announcing the attacking cavalry. They let out a large war hoop and the game begins. This ritual is repeated several times throughout the game. If I were an Indian I would be offended.

      • Sick of it

        Quite a few of the white people in that area are part Indian…they just didn’t come from reservation Indians (those who remained enemies of the United States). If it doesn’t bother them, why does it bother you?

        • Alexandra1973

          I have a touch of Cherokee ancestry myself, on my mother’s side.

          My mom dabbles a bit in that Amerind activism stuff…at one point she was going to pow-wows around Michigan. Never mind she’s predominantly Anglo. In fact my maternal grandmother had blue eyes.

          I don’t let stuff like that bother me.

          • Chris

            I have Cherokee ancestry as well. Somewhere back there my Irish great grandfather married a Cherokee woman. I have an old photo of her, she was quite pretty. Speaking of Irish, check out the Celtic’s logos and tell me that isn’t meant to insult.

          • MikeofAges

            Yes, the Celtics logo is reflective of the image of the Irish created by 19th Century British propaganda.

          • saxonsun

            It wasn’t so much “British propaganda” as the hard truth.

      • Brian

        I generally despise the PC brigade, but in this case I can sympathize. Unlike the blacks who were uplifted from total backwardness and squalor, the Indians really lost out. I have much more willingness to do something for them. I live in ATL, and yes, the Braves mascot itself can be seen as honorable, but the crowd stuff that comes along with it makes me cringe some. ‘Redskins’ is worse than ‘Braves’, if anything.

        • I have some Cherokee in me as well, I think that’s common down here. I respect the American Indians for their insistance on maintaining their uniqueness, but mascots are cartoons. Like the Celtic mascot mentioned above, they’re supposed to be funny and that means poking fun. The fact that redskin, brave and indian are considered synonymous with competitiveness and bravery should be seen as a compliment. What I don’t understand are the mascots like the Arizona Cardinals.

  • D.B. Cooper

    The only reason why minorities haven’t called for the removal of anything Grant or Sherman is because they are so busy learning about MLK, that they are totally unaware of who made those statements about Indians.

    • Nice Guy

      “Meanwhile, your daughter knows everything there is to know about Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian; and your daughter thinks Dolly Madison is famous for selling pastries.”

      Only if you’re a bad parent. My six daughters have no idea who Miley Cyrus is. And they certainly don’t know a single thing about Kim Kardashian–actually, neither do I. 🙂

      • Alexandra1973

        I just know Miley Cyrus as a girl that constantly has her tongue hanging out. Out of curiosity I watched a video of the VMAs. Facepalm!

        • Garrett Brown

          Just a dumb whore that’s on the verge of being a mudshark. If she hasn’t already behind closed doors.

  • Spartacus

    “Edit Jefferson’s declaration, tear down the Jefferson Memorial, pull
    down Sherman’s statue, dynamite T.R. off the face of Mount Rushmore?”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    They won’t do it, because most non-Whites are illiterate cretins who probably don’t know much about these people to begin with .

    • Galt

      They do know how to destroy though.

  • jackryanvb

    I’m afraid Jefferson is all over the map on racial issues. He writes nauseating Freemason “all men are created equal” nonsense in the Declaration of Independence yet he was a Negro slaveholder, he assure the country/world that it is certain that Black American slaves would be free but that there was no way they could live in the same society as White Americans.

    Jefferson and so e many otherAmericans like to sound noble and fight for universal liberty, racial realities make them come off in real life as super rich Kennedy types who avoid honest labor and seek fame, fortune and pleasure and not suffer the terrible racial realities of regular White folks.

    • Skip Wellington

      Jefferson was a prolific coal burner as well.

    • MikeofAges

      Don’t forget. Jefferson idealized the yeoman farmer. That was an individual who lived on and worked his own family farm. Without slaves, and if with any help that of free laborers who voluntarily took the work and shared the life. Yeoman, I am sure, viscerally detested chattel slavery. Yes, Jefferson was all over the map on racial and other issues. That is because he struggled with the great issues. He had hoped, as General Washington had done, to free his slaves upon his death. Because of his debts, he could not do so. Or at least thought he could not. How it would have made any difference is hard to fathom, since his estate itself soon was sold out of the family’s control in any case.

      Jefferson allegedly spoke five languages. He certainly was fluent in French. His vaunted library, which is on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, contains a number of French language volumes. His library is interesting to see but to the discerning person (I consider myself such) it is clear that a great deal of it is composed of commonplace titles which might have been widely read in the day, along with a number of sets of the type equivalent to the sets of histories and literature people today still collect. My personal collection of books compares decently well to Jefferson’s. But mine in stored on cheap bookshelves and in bankers boxes, and a lot of it paper bound, either mass market or trade. Jefferson’s library was pretty good, but I am not over-impressed by it any more than I am by my own. I haven’t read most of mine, sad to say, and I doubt he read all of his either.

      • Alfred the Great

        Jefferson learned Anglo-Saxon, so he could read their writings. He also believed that Anglo-Saxon should be taught in the schools and that the children should learn the Lord’s Prayer in Anglo-Saxon.

    • Alfred the Great

      The phrase “all men are created equal” did not mean that Whites and blacks are equal. One reason is that there is no way several of the States would have signed the Declaration had total equality been its meaning. In my research I came across a Father who said that it meant that the English subjects in the American colonies were equal to the English subjects in Great Britain. Most of Fathers knew what the other guys were saying, so they did not feel the need to elaborate in their writings.

  • D.B. Cooper

    OZYMANDIAS

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear —
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Slate, The New Republic, and Mother Jones joined publications like the Washington City Paper, DCist, the Kansas City Star, and Buffalo News in refusing to print the name of the football team that calls the nation’s capital home and are now demanding that a previously media approved non-racist term now be used as the new team name.

    The “R” word, “N” word and “W” words! Oh the horror!!

    I am offended by the name Washington Redskins.

    The rat bastards that run Washington do not deserve the honor of having an NFL team use this name.

    The name Washington REDS, however does fit and would be more appropriate. Karl Marx could be the new mascot.

    Bon

    • SFLBIB

      Slate, The New Republic, and Mother Jones joined publications like the Washington City Paper, DCist, the Kansas City Star, and Buffalo News…

      This is good because for once they are being forced to use [in this case not use] language the rest forced on them instead of everyone having to use only their approved list.

      • What it proves is something I guessed since the latest nontroversy over “Redskins” started — This is entirely a media riot, the media trying to prove the power of the media. Nobody else cares one whit.

        • SFLBIB

          Never thought of it that way, even though I recognize the Two Rules of Journalism:

          1. Exploit controversy;

          2. If there is no controversy, create it.

          Is there a “controversy” if one liberal complains and 300 million do not care one whit?

  • bigone4u

    “Planet of the Apes.” That’s where the world is headed, minus the intelligence and dignity of the apes in the movie. Only this generation of whites, angry and ready to act can stop it. We are the chosen ones. Stand up and fight or die.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Planet of the Apes indeed, led by Al Sharpton!!

      • Alfred the Great

        And sharpton wouldn’t need a costume.

  • MekongDelta69

    “And so what are we going to do here?
    Edit Jefferson’s declaration, tear down the Jefferson Memorial, pull down Sherman’s statue, dynamite T.R. off the face of Mount Rushmore?”

    And that’s exactly what the leftist wussy crowd in D.C., and everywhere else, wants.

    If they had wanted to give a name to humiliate the team (and the now, oh-so-sensitive activists), they would have called them the “Washington Surrenderskins” or the “Washington Wussies”.

    • Alfred the Great

      Or the Washington “Sleepy Eyes.”

  • Sick of it

    I agree with pulling down Sherman’s statue. In fact, I don’t mind the liberals calling him a war criminal. Oh wait, he’s their hero…just like Chairman Mao.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Your comment reminded me of a graphic that was sent to me last night.

      Any statue representing a man who started a war should be torn down. This includes Lincoln, FDR, Reagan, Clinton and both Bushes and Obama.

      • Sick of it

        Cheney is a rather mundane criminal as well, shooting a guy in the face “accidentally” and all. I was better re: gun safety when I was 6 or 7, so I have to assume it was intentional.

  • Bob

    I’ve changed my opinion on this. I now believe the owner of the team should change the name and the logo. Change it to something absolutely opposite of what the tards want. Personally I like the name Washington Pig Skins, and put a logo of a mean pig on the helmet. (trust me, I live in a town that is half town and half indian reserve and indians love to wear all the gear of the teams with indian themes). Change the Blackhawks, Indians, Braves…change em all…if they are so stupid not to realize that the teams are honoring them, so be it.

  • Bob

    Should have read the comments before I posted as Bon has topped me, big time…nice one Bon. “The Washington Thin Skins or The Washington Reds” – by Bon, From The Land of Babble.

  • Heil Segregation!

    But Deportation is Better!

    • Alfred the Great

      I remember when George Wallace said, “Segregation yesterday, segregation today, and segregation forever.” I think that is how the line went. The only change that I would make is to the last part, “…and recolonization (to somewhere else) starting later today.”

  • bigone4u

    Based on the color of the team players, Washington’s team should be called the Blackskins. Based on Washington politics, they should be called the Reds in honor of Obama/Holder et. al.

    • Alexandra1973

      Watermelons.

      Green on the outside, red on the inside.

  • MBlanc46

    Can you imagine an Indian warrior being hurt by being called a name? And I think it was Sheridan to whom the “dead Indian” remark is attributed.

  • MikeofAges

    The word “redskin” is almost an extinct word. Unlike every other word used as a racial and ethnic slur, pejorative and street insult, no one even uses the word “redskin” any more. Not only that, but the Washington Redskins team has many native American fans precisely because of the name.

    The issue is not the name. It is about who has the power. The leftists. The liberationists. The cultural Marxists. Or us. The people who actually live here. Including even the people who put on the uniform on Sunday and play the game.

    Give in on this one, and they’ll go on to another one. And another one. If they had their way, they would stop until they’d changed the name of every street, pond and little creek in North America. And maybe every person too.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Your final sentence, “they wouldn’t stop until they’d changed the name of every street, pond and little creek in North America, And maybe every person too” has got me thinking….. I wonder just what kind of names, if given complete control of picking them, the Indians would choose for these streets, ponds and creeks? I could probably think of a few.

      A suggestion as to a possible creek/pond name. They could rename a beautiful pristine pond the: “Indigenous Tranquility Pond” and the white water creek that drains into it could be called: “White Waters Invasion Of Tranquility Creek”.

      As for the renaming of the streets. Hmmmmm, maybe they could rename a newly built ( by Whitey’s tax dollars of course ) perfectly constructed ( by Whitey’s labor of course ) highway: “The Noble And Indigenous Peoples Pathway Of Peace And Harmony”. And all the dirty unpaved roads that cross the “Noble Pathway” can be given names like: “Invasive Species Dr.”, “Indigenous Genocide Way”, “The White Man’s Plague Rd.”, “Nature Crusher Ave.” or even a “We Are All Evil, Sincerely The Entire White Race Blvd.”

      As far as them being given control over actually naming people as well, I think I could come up with a few. How about: “Johnathon P. KillMe”, “Jennifer O’Genicider”, “Scottie Gobaktoskottlynn”, “Larry U. Landgraber”, “Ruth A. Ruthlessracekila”. Or maybe even a few that are a bit closer to how they actually feel about those they now get to rename. With something along the lines of “Will U. Crakerzdyealredy” or something even more blunt like: James Ihopyurintireraceismurturd (thats a middle name of course) McKreary”….

      Oh,, the joys of Diversity!!!!!

      • MikeofAges

        Entertaining in its way, but I don’t think it’s the Indians we have to worry about. It’s the people who are red on the inside that are the problem.

        • LIBERTYSINCURSION

          “It’s the people who are red on the inside that are the problem”. No truer truth has ever been spoken my friend. If, and sadly I’m beginning to get the feeling when, our United States of America dies. The autopsy of the American corpse, will surly return a finding in the manner of death to have been,,,, a Suicide.

          Liberalism is not a political ideology, nor a political party. Liberalism is in fact the biggest suicide cult in world history.

  • Beetlejuice

    Where would we be without sanctimonious lefties to to tell us what is and isn’t offensive? Every poll I’ve seen shows real Redskins are not offended by Indian logos and many, in fact, are quite proud of them as it shows how badass their ancestors were.

    Bottom line is to implement hate speech laws and then arrest anyone who says something the lefties don’t like.

    • SFLBIB

      “Where would we be without sanctimonious lefties to to tell us what is and isn’t offensive?”

      Leftists/liberals reject morality until someone does something to offend them. Then all of a sudden they are talking about morality. Leftists/liberals are hypocrites.

  • john miles

    That is indeed the real point Puggg. All of these third world folks can’t wait to get here—unlike the Indians– not native Americans because it was not America until Amerigo Vespucci had it named after him—who as we are endlessly reminded were here first. But now it seems that just like the third world folks the Indians want to start hating the west. The fact is that the Indians, just like all of the third world folks who are here are better off here than they would be in any third world country. The least they could do is show a bit of appreciation for what they have here rather than try to tear every thing that Euro-Americans have built.

  • Garrett Brown

    Gotta love Pat Buchanan.

  • Here’s the most depressing part of this column:

    Washington was another city then, a deeply rooted city, not the cosmopolitan world capital of today where our multicultural elites all seem to come from somewhere else.

    Even after the growth of the Federal government during the Presidencies of Wilson, Hoover and the first part of FDR, Washington was just another city. D.C. didn’t really start in on its Hunger Games style boomtown until after 9/11.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    My my, “merciless Indian Savages”, “only good Indian is a dead Indian” & “but I believe nine out of ten are”…. Oh joy! Exploring the records of what men at war with one another have to say about their enemies can be fun. Hmmmmm? I wonder what the Indians were saying about the Europeans during their clashes? Can we explore the Indian’s archives to learn about all the nasty things they had to say about their enemy? Or is keeping records and archived knowledge purely a Civilization kind of thing?