Guess He Didn’t Get The Memo – But Neither Did Custer

It turns out that Republican National Officers are a wee bit tardy on their history.

Paxson: Custer’s Last Stand (detail)

I mean, Europeans have only been “occupying” North America for five hundred years, and you’d think in that time, the 500 nations contained within the US would have been noted as NOT a single monolithic bloc of “indians.” Nope. In an amazing tale of utter cluelessness, TPM Reports:

RNC Official: N.M. Governor ‘Dishonored’ Gen. Custer By Meeting With American Indians
RYAN J. REILLY AUGUST 24, 2012, 5:30 PM 9144

A progressive group called on Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers to step down on Friday after emails showed him telling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s staff that meeting with a group of American Indians “dishonored” Gen. George Armstrong Custer, the 19th century commander who killed scores of American Indians.

“The state is going to hell,” Rogers, who is a member of the GOP executive committee and is currently in Tampa for the RNC convention, wrote in a June 8 email released by Progress Now New Mexico. Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Col. Allen Weh “would not have dishonored Col Custer in this manner,” he wrote…

Awww. Isn’t that special?

The sheer idiocy of this statement is magnified by the fact that none of the American Indians being referred to were anywhere near the Little Bighorn, and are mostly urban (Pueblo) Indians, and not the horse tribes of the Great Plains. Add to that the idiocy of defending Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, or what Custer did, or what Custer stood for in the West, and you have the Trifecta of Clueless Intolerance, if not to say actual hate.

Pat Rogers

The story notes:

[Foster Friess backed NM Governor Susana] Martinez is required by law to attend the annual state-tribal leaders summit, according to Progress Now New Mexico, which called for him to step down.

“Such a blatantly racist statement against our native people is offensive from anyone, but to come from a national GOP leader and lobbyist for some of our country’s largest corporations is indefensible,” Progress Now New Mexico’s executive director Pat Davis said in a statement.

Yes. Clueless and indefensible. I’ve written about Martinez before, but I’ve never worried that she might (gasp) meet with INDIANS, nor would I expect the Governor of New Mexico not to know anything about them, as the GOP idjit seems to.

This is ALSO not the first time a Republican has managed an utterly clueless response to American Indians, as I wrote about in 2012’s “Battle of the Little Greenhorn,” as Arizona then-congresscritter J.D. Hayworth marched in the Window Rock, Arizona Navajo parade intoning a Navajo word that didn’t mean what he THOUGHT it meant.


I guess Hayworth will now have to cede his crown as most clueless GOPper vis a vis Native Americans.

And yes, it IS racist, and idiotic, and indefensible.

But Pat Rogers is a Republican, and the Republicans don’t much seem to mind clueless, racist, idiotic or indefensible.

So don’t hold your breath.

Pat Rogers’ idea of an American Indian? Evidently.



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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7 Responses to Guess He Didn’t Get The Memo – But Neither Did Custer

  1. Krissy says:

    The man who beheaded children and passed around native women like they were meat was not and will never be an American hero. He found an unpopular group that he could get away with slaughtering and using. It was a slaughter, and he should be properly remembered as the sadist sociopath that he was.

  2. V**e for Romney says:

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  3. RepubAnon says:

    Maybe Mr. Hayworth spent too much time listening to the old “Custer Song”:

    “Please Mr. Custer – please don’t make me go…”

    Had Mr. Hayworth ever received any military training, he’d know that General Custer’s exploits at the Little Bighorn are used as a prime example of how NOT to conduct a military campaign. No reconnaissance, splitting his force to allow defeat in detail – all in all, General Custer made many severe blunders, and is a subject of derision rather than respect among military tacticians

  4. Actually the “Custer dishonorer basher” was Pat Rogers. But close enough. You’re entirely correct otherwise. See: “Custer’s Lemonade Stand

  5. lokywoky says:

    The very definition of today’s Republican party is racist, clueless, indefensible, bigoted, liars, and on and on. The part I really cannot understand is that they just don’t seem to care.

    They cannot win national elections by alienating all the different groups they have in recent months, but yet they continue to keep doing so.

    And the other part I cannot understand is why they still have any voters left at all.

    I guess that is why they want to eliminate critical thinking from the curriculum – don’t want anyone to see what they really are about. Not that they people who are willing to vote for them now have any critical thinking skills at all….

  6. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Emphasis on “nut.”

  7. That’s certainly how I remember him.