Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Politicians Never Seem To Change...!

It seems like the politicos of long ago and the politicos of today have a lot in common.

Appears that they all want to be the leader, the boss, even the King! They seem to want to have their cake and eat it too! Often it isn't enough that they have more than enough to make most folks happy, they always want more!

Greed and ego are nasty task masters, though, and often will bite you in the butt if you aren't careful! Here's a case in point!

Dec 13, 1776:
General Charles Lee leaves his troops for Widow White's tavern

On this day in 1776, American General Charles Lee leaves his army, riding in search of female sociability at Widow White's Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

General George Washington had repeatedly urged General Lee to expedite his movements across New Jersey in order to reinforce Washington's position on the Delaware River. Lee, who took a commission in the British army upon finishing military school at age 12 and served in North America during the Seven Years' War, felt slighted that the less experienced Washington had been given command of the Continental Army and showed no inclination to rush.

Famed for his temper and intemperance, the Mohawk had dubbed Lee Boiling Water. Lee was an adopted tribesman through his marriage to a Mohawk woman, but his union apparently failed to quell his interest in prostitutes. Lee rode to Widow White's tavern with a minimal guard and it was there that Banastre Tarleton and the 16th Queen's Light Dragoons captured him on the morning of December 15.

The former comrades were now captor and captive. After being disappointed in his efforts to acquire a lucrative royal appointment, Lee had retired to the colonies in 1773 and quickly joined the Patriot cause. Tarleton had sworn in a London club that he would hunt down the traitor to the crown and relieve him of his head. Fortunately for Lee, Tarleton failed to keep his promise, although the vain general may well have preferred a quick end to the humiliation of being led from Widow White's tavern to New York City in his nightdress.

The British rejoiced at the capture of the Patriots' best-trained commander, while Washington fruitlessly negotiated for his release. Meanwhile, Lee enjoyed his captivity, even drafting a battle plan for his captors from plush accommodations in which his personal servant maintained his three rooms and no doubt served his food and wine in a most civilized fashion. The British did not act upon his plan, and Lee reported to Valley Forge upon his release in May 1778. After a series of arguments with Washington, Lee was suspended from the army in December 1778 and dismissed in 1780.

This is what happens when your ego makes you think you are above the law or above the rules! Thinking that you can make your own rules don't make it so. Mouthing off to your commanding officer is not the way to win friends and get a promotion.

Letting folks think you are ignorant is much better than opening your mouth and proving them right, don't you think?

Let's have our coffee in the kitchen this morning. I have some fresh cookies!


Rob said...

Another fine posting. Yes things never change.

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
The more things change, the more they stay the same

Thanks for the nice words and for coming by today!

SHARON said...

mmmmmmmmm, cookies! What kind?

Sixbears said...

We need more like General Stark. They wouldn't promote him to general, so he raised his own army of NH boys. They made him a general then and he kicked some British butt.

He's the one who came up with NH's motto: Live free or die.

Unfortunately, this country has too many of the General Lee type.

Dizzy-Dick said...

It seems that guy didn't care who he worked for.

JO said...

Great Post
I will come sit with you in the kitchen, it is pouring down rain again. Good excuse not to go out anywhere.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sharon...
How about peanut butter cookies? Will those be OK?

Also a little pumpkin pie left!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Sixbears...
Too many of the wrong types does seem to be one of our main problems, for sure!

Stark sounds like quite the Man!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Dizzy...
Pretty wishy-washy about his loyalty, that's for sure!

Thanks, my friend, for coming over today!

Hey JoJo...
You are sure getting your fair share of rain lately!

I think it's supposed to rain here today as well!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by for a visit!