Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pocahontas and President Heel Spur

Pocahontas was actually quite a remarkable woman, as I understand it.  Of course, how much we can know about any figure of antiquity is always an open question, but whether or not she saved John Smith's life, Peggy Lee  immortalized the real woman with the legend with her smoldering version of the song, "Fever." The story takes on a reality of its own, whatever the actual woman was like.

Donald Trump tried to shame Elizabeth Warren by referring to her as "Pocahontas," alluding to the story that Ms. Warren falsely claimed American Indian blood as a ruse to get into Harvard, when anyone can plainly see, this blue eyed, blonde could not possibly have a single drop of Indian blood in her, because, as we all know, anyone with dark blood cannot possibly have blue eyes or blond hair. 

Mr. Trump apparently has never met Vanessa Williams or any of the many people who are descendants of slave owners and their slaves, who I met every day in Washington, D.C.--people who clearly had significant Africans genes, but who also had blue eyes and blond hair. Those slave owners, and even their nonslave owning descendants (like Strom Thurmond) clearly fathered progeny who were, on occasion, to the eye, not very Black.
"Passing for white" was easy for many Americans who had some African genes. 
"Pinky" was a movie I grew up with; apparently  Mr. Trump missed that one. 
As for Indian blood, I knew many people who were told they had Cherokee blood or some other tribe's blood who did not look like Hollywood Indians.  You can't even do 23 and Me genetic analysis to see if Ms. Warren has Indian ancestry because of the way the statistics have been gathered for that sort of scientific analysis. So, if the lady heard from her family members she had Cherokee blood--nobody can gainsay it with any assurance.
Genes are funny things

At any rate, The Donald tried to humiliate Senator Warren by insisting,  in his ignorance, that dark blood is like a drop of India ink  in a gallon of clear water: it stains and is always apparent to the eye.
Make believe soldier: Look at that star on his collar

Trying to think of how Senator Warren should respond, I can only think "Captain Heel Spur," would do nicely.  Or maybe, "General Heel Spur," or "Commander Heel Spur," or "Commander in Chief Heel Spur." 

A President who was a real soldier: He earned those stars

Talk about feigning to be something you are not. Just look at that photo of the boy playing soldier, who claimed, as a Presidential candidate, that he had virtually been a soldier because he went to a military school for high school, and so he had more training in military things than some of the graduates of officer's candidate school who had actually served in Vietnam and Afghanistan. 
You see, Captain Heel Spur was really more of a soldier, despite the fact he was not allowed to wear the uniform of his country, as he so dearly desired, because of his incapacitating heel spurs.
No matter, as he later informed us, he knows more than the generals who did serve. 
Reminds me of a corporal who told the generals he knew more than they did, and since he was Der Furher, people believed him.  Lucky for us.  He made some fatal mistakes playing at general.  

I like it, though, Captain Heel Spur. 

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