Dear Readers: As we are fully in a WAR with the elites and statists, it is good to highlight the proper use of the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” as it is used by citizen activists. Today’s rule is #6. Many of our best citizen pundits have been having fun using the new media, and the use of it to create graphic images and mocking tweets has really borne fruit. That because it is so much fun, people are willing to take the time to do it an do it well.
The basis for this fun, new imagery involving President Hayes is that Obama threw him under this bus in a speech yesterday.
Obama’s words were these: “Of course, we’ve heard this kind of thinking before. If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. … There always have been folks who are the naysayers and don’t believe in the future, and don’t believe in trying to do things differently. One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards. He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.”
The reality, which could have been ascertained by a quick fact check, is:
According to Ari Hoogenboom, who wrote the definite biography, “Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President,” Hayes entertained Thomas A. Edison at the White House. Edison demonstrated the phonograph for the president. “He was hardly hostile to new inventions,” Hoogenboom said.
Hayes, in fact, was such a technology buff that he installed the first telephone in the White House. A list of telephone subscribers published in the article “The Telephones Comes to Washington,” by Richard T. Loomis, shows that the White House was given the number “1.”
The White House phone initially was connected to the Treasury Department. Hoogenboom, in his book, writes that Hayes’s wife Lucy requested that a quartet sing on October 26, 1877, to inaugurate the service, but the concert abruptly ended because the powerful bass voice of one singer smashed “to atoms” the “sounding board of the telephone.”
The tweets have also been highly amusing:
This is so fun we can, and will, keep this up until November 6th. ROMMEL, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD. I read your book!
And for even more fun, at least for my fellow history geeks, check out Word Warrior’s military blog series on the era surrounding King Arthur’s England (he is on Part 2 today, so start now, so you don’t lag too far behind!)