On Christmas day the Nativity of Christ is observed. The Kris Kringle or, Santa Claus, is a relic of the ancient Yule Feast, so that the festival of Christmas is a curious mingling of ancient heathen and Christian customs, albeit a very pleasing and satisfactory celebration to the people of today.Nine days later, the heroic soldiers (all soldiers, after all, are heroic) of the Seventh Cavalry turned their Hotchkiss guns on Big Foot's band of pagan ghost dancing Lakota, killing as many as 300 men, women, and children. Liberals now call the incident "the Wounded Knee Massacre."
With this issue it is a pleasant duty for us to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas.
Here's what Mr. Baum had to say about it in his next editorial:
The PIONEER has before declared that our only safety depends upon the total extirmination [sic] of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth.Obviously, Baum was way ahead of his time. His words are a perfect example of Tea Party logic. Just as "slavery saved black people from getting AIDS in Africa," the genocidal acts we committed at Wounded Knee were our redemption for our sins against Native Americans.
Elsewhere: Secret pages from the Pentagon's DADT comic book.