|George Armstrong Custer|
"I challenge the annals of warfare to produce a more brilliant or successful charge of cavalry."
-George Armstrong Custer, writing in his report after he led a mounted charge of the 1st Michigan Cavalry just east of Gettysburg in which he severely damaged the Confederate army while losing 257 of his own men
The death and wanton destruction of the American Civil War produced a number of soldiers of fortune. After the war ended and the Confederate enemy resoundingly defeated by total warfare, these men merely picked up their sabres, saddled their horses, and rented themselves out to exploit the western lands for European monied interests. Some, like Custer, were especially driven by want of fame and fortune. His want was different than some men who fought for merely a paycheck. Custer wanted to parlay his "successes" into political might. Men with exceptional appetites for greedy ambition flourished in the West during the mid to late-nineteenth century as enormous environmental crimes were supported and promoted by the U.S. Government as it confiscated the land of human beings and delivered it into the hands of the men that would become the first "cattle barons."
"You ask me if i will not be glad when the last battle is fought, as far as the country is concerned I, of course, must wish for peace, and will be glad when the war is ended, but if I answer for myself alone, I must say that I shall regret to see the war end."
The West during the time of Custer was still wide open with free beings living on the land. Had the destruction of America not been sealed with its inception, the United States Republic could have protected the land, the animals, and the human beings that lived on it. Instead, the United States was compromised by corporate ownership from the first days of the "national bank." Greed and exploitation were the motivating forces for men, as they raced from coast to coast destroying everything in their path. Land, water, people, animals- nothing could escape the insatiable greed of some men.
|Custer with scouts and dead bear|
Perhaps this is why a cocky dandy, and no doubt all-around ambitious asshole like Custer rose to such a high rank in the world were destruction and control is a career. Military men destroy for a living. Their lives are dictated to by the many wants of a world set on exploitation and rape instead of life and prosperity. Military men can hardly be called family men as they destroy families to support their own ilk. As a matter of occupation, military men cannot live and let live, full-time soldiers have to destroy as they live under the orders of an earthly master whose main gain is total victory over "free life." Through violence, these masters want to dictate how life will be lived.
"There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry."
America today is not unlike the ill-fated 7th Cavalry on that hot, sunny day in late June, 1876. Moneyed interests- greedy, power-hungry interests are leading the American people directly into a buzz saw.
Why do people follow ignorant psychopaths like Custer?
A logical person would think, since Custer clearly made so many obviously blatant blunders during the summer campaign of 1876, that the U.S. Army and Government would want to put as much distance between Custer's legacy and future campaigns. This is hardly the case since counties in six states bear his name. The 85th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army is named "The Custer Division." Even in the 21st Century, in Fallujah, Iraq, during the town's siege by American forces, a major Forward Operating Base was named Garryowen, after the drinking song men under Custer's command played as they rode.
Unbeknownst to most Americans, the dye is already cast. The lot of Americans has been thrown in with leaders just as cutthroat and as idiotic as Yellow Hair. No matter how many times patriotic Americans recall their "hammer and anvil" successes on the battlefield, their monetary prowess and stuff accumulated, no matter how many times they play Garryowen, their own defeat and destruction is assured. America has accepted the bugle call of the megalomaniac, the tyrant, and the sadist. Illogical reasoning due to propaganda, death and destruction, supported by greed has won the lead and the path has been chosen.
Some will continue to ride. Others, as the Crow Indian scouts parted with Custer before his ill-fated invasion, may look elsewhere for their "fame and fortune" and just be happy with moderate prosperity.
|Looking south/west from the top of "Last Stand Hill"|