Friday, November 6, 2009

General Pulaski Gets His Due

I grew up next to a town named Pulaski, but I never bothered to research the name. I'm sad to report that as someone who takes pride in knowing a lot about the American Revolution, it took two enemies of the American Revolution, Obama and Dennis Kucinich, to teach me something new. The AP reports that "Obama signed a joint resolution of the Senate and the House that made [Gen. Casimir] Pulaski an honorary citizen...230 years after the Polish nobleman died fighting for the as yet-unborn United States."
Pulaski's contribution to the American colonies' effort to leave the British Empire began with a flourish. He wrote a letter to Gen. George Washington, the Revolution's leader, with the declaration: "I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it."
Like Lafayette and others, Pulaski was a European nobleman that came to the United States and risked his life to fight for liberty. In fact, he did pay the ultimate price. According to the article:
In October 1779, he led a cavalry assault to save the important Southern port of Savannah, Ga., was wounded and taken aboard the American ship USS Wasp. He died at sea two days later.
If anyone wishes to understand what it is going to take to return this country to its founding principles, they should start by understanding what would motivate someone like this to give his life fighting for freedom. Only the passion emanating from a profound moral commitment to the ideal of liberty could explain it. Ironically, it is this same passion, embodied by the Tea Party movement, that Obama and his ilk have dismissed as nothing more than the animal spirits of an uninformed mob. I am sure that General Pulaski would have appreciated the irony.

All we can do is thank him and battle on.

2 comments:

Grant Jones said...

Some folks have remembered. That's one reason why the Kościuszko Squadron was formed. This unit was created by American flyers and became part of the Polish Air Force in 1919. They performed credible service during Poland's war with the Russian Commies. One of the squadron's founders was Merian C. Cooper. Cooper became head of production of RKO. He was the producer and director of King Kong. In the last scene the plane that finally gets Kong is flown by Cooper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko%C5%9Bciuszko_Squadron

Doug Reich said...

Grant,

That's awesome! I did some digging and Kościuszko, like Pulaski, was a fascinating guy. Thanks for sharing that.

Besides these two and Lafayette, another one that I always found really interesting is Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Wilhelm_von_Steuben

Thanks again.