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Hail to the Redskins!

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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.

Already a legend, Baugh was the greatest football player of his era. Record-setting passer, runner, punter, place kicker, defensive back. Yet, not until the fourth quarter did Sammy throw for a pair of touchdowns to finish off the Eagles 20-14.

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 conform 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."

Hurt? Native Americans are "hurt" by the Redskins' name?

Years ago, I recall hearing a line I thought a magnificent tribute to the toughness, bravery and perseverance of these peoples that 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. And it is that character trait so many teams from the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota to the Cleveland Indians of the Cuyahoga seek to capture in their adopted names.

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."

And Teddy was a RINO.

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.

Meanwhile, let's get back to the game.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at www.creators.com.

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He doesn't care about the suffering of the Jews and obviously not the Native Americans either. What's it all about for him? THE MONEY. "Meanwhile, let's get back to the game," he inveighs.

He just wants the money. And that's what he'll get, until he burns in his very own hell, which of course, he offers for sale too.

He has become a worthless commentator, and I hope McGlaughlin ditches him. It's way past time.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Masako
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:02 PM
Oh, and please excuse me. I didn't mean that he cares about the suffering of other Middle Easterners, or anyone else for that matter, except himself.

His utter indifference to the plight of any part of sentient humanity is just the stuff of the creature he is, an equal opportunity amoralist, disguised as some kind of macabre imitation of a devout Christian.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:08 PM
And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
~William Shakespeare
Just because something is tradition doesn't make it right.

Re Masako
We should be nice to Bucky and his ilk. They need us to help them rediscover their humanity.
Comment: #3
Posted by: morgan
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:30 AM
Re: morgan. Okay, okay. I take your spiritual approach to heart. As long as they are not shooting at my own, I am prepared to show mercy, but they just can't stop spewing their toxics all over the place, and that threatens our planet.

But McGlaughlin really can do better. His portfolio of commentary is not representing aqnything close to the best of the right wing. I appreciate Buchanan's sort of anti-war stance, but he doesn't seem to represent anybody but himself, as far as I can tell.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Masako
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:13 PM
Since the loser has no say in team names how come there are no teams named Nazi, Wop, Nip, Jap or are you just against native American Indians
Comment: #5
Posted by: Karl E. Rhines
Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:33 AM
Re: Karl E. Rhines:

The skin of all Native Americans is beautiful--I wish mine had that wonderful color. And it is not red. The only people who qualify for the moniker "redskins" are the white boys, whose skin gets fried in the rays the Native Americans evolved to live with in health and harmony.

It is a stupid, misleading, disrespectful name, and it does nothing but betray the utter lack of contrition our country has for what we did to them. If the Sports Money Makers actually gave a flying you-know-what and cared to promote them by adopting a respectful symbol of the fighting spirit they demonstrated (yeah I know--dream on), they would find a name true to that image.

The Native Americans were my heroes when I was a kid, and I was honored to know that I had a trace of the blood of the Delawares in my family history. "Redskin" means nothing to me but yet another lie about our history and culture that keeps us on the path of worshiping money, plunder, violence, disrespect for racial differences, and willful avoidance of reality.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Masako
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:46 PM
Suburbia is like America. In Suburbia the developers bulldoze out all the trees, then name streets after them. America bulldozed out the Native Americans and named a sports team after them.
Comment: #7
Posted by: morgan
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:14 AM
What is "Redskins" but a derogatory term meant to dehumanize the many tribes that occupied this land while doing whatever it took to disempower and delegitimize them and wipe them off the face of the earth.
Comment: #8
Posted by: morgan
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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