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Revolutionary War hero Pulaski becomes honorary US citizen
Augusta Chronicle ^ | 11/6/2009 | AP

Posted on 11/06/2009 6:39:18 PM PST by Saije

Finally, Gen. Casimir Pulaski became an American, 230 years after the Polish nobleman died in Georgia fighting for what became the United States.

President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution today of the Senate and the House of Representatives that made Pulaski an honorary citizen.

Pulaski's contribution to the Americans' 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."

Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, whose home city of Cleveland, Ohio, has many citizens of Polish extraction, had been pushing for the honorary citizenship since 2005.

"Pulaski made the ultimate sacrifice for this country, and he deserves nothing but the highest honor and recognition for his service," Kucinich said then.

Washington had heard of the young Pole from Benjamin Franklin, who told of Pulaski's exploits that had made him "renowned throughout Europe for the courage and bravery he displayed in defense of his country's freedom."

The revolutionaries' top general let the young nobleman join the brash fight against the European superpower, and Pulaski made a name for himself as a skilled horseman, eventually to be known as the "father of the American cavalry."

He died before the British were driven away. In October 1779, he led a cavalry assault to save the important southern port of Savannah, was wounded and taken aboard the American ship USS Wasp. He died at sea two days later.

(Excerpt) Read more at chronicle.augusta.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: americanrevolution; citizen; godsgravesglyphs; history; poland; pulaski
"I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it."

The 1st CAV is based at Fort Hood and the General would be pleased to know, I hope, that there are many there who serve this cause even today.

1 posted on 11/06/2009 6:39:20 PM PST by Saije
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To: lizol

Ping.


2 posted on 11/06/2009 6:40:25 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Saije

I hope they didn’t spend too much time on something so stupid and useless. Then again I hope it took months.


3 posted on 11/06/2009 6:41:15 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: GeronL

“I hope they didn’t spend too much time on something so stupid and useless.”

I don’t think it’s stupid or useless to recognize those who fought for our freedom.

But I understand your sentiment generally, that the more Congress and the President engage in this sort of thing, the less time they’ll have to do real harm. But I fear they will find the time for that anyway.


4 posted on 11/06/2009 6:43:14 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije


5 posted on 11/06/2009 6:44:36 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: muawiyah; SunkenCiv
Yikes, I had NO idea he wasn't a citizen -- do you realize how many counties are named after him???

OR were that many different Pulaskis here, whom said counties were named for?

6 posted on 11/06/2009 6:48:08 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

They must have told Obama that Pulaski was a great Kenyan warrior for Hamas.


7 posted on 11/06/2009 6:50:20 PM PST by omega4179
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To: Saije

Making someone an honorary US citizen 230 years after they died is really useful for him, how will his afterlife change one bit? Did he even desire to be a US citizen?


8 posted on 11/06/2009 6:50:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: GeronL

No different than naming ships for people who lived 200 yrs ago.

It is an honor


9 posted on 11/06/2009 6:53:48 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol

Giving the ship to the dead person would be a closer analogy. Here Mr. Pulaski, have an Aegis Cruiser.


10 posted on 11/06/2009 6:55:21 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: GeronL

“Making someone an honorary US citizen 230 years after they died is really useful for him, how will his afterlife change one bit? Did he even desire to be a US citizen?”

I think it’s more about us recognizing his contribution to creating a country that could then make him a citizen. Which one would think he’d be proud to accept seeing as how he died trying to make it all happen.

As to his afterlife? Don’t really know about that but...”What we do in life echoes in eternity.” “Gladiator)


11 posted on 11/06/2009 6:55:32 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije

Every kid in Illinois knows about Pulaski, because it’s an official school holiday!


12 posted on 11/06/2009 6:55:37 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Saije

I didn’t say we could recognize or honor a person, awarding something to them who is centuries dead is just a little odd to me. Rename New York after him for all I care, but making him a citizen is a little like Mormons baptizing people long after they died.


13 posted on 11/06/2009 6:58:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com .... I am a rogue nobody. One of millions.)
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To: Saije
President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution today of the Senate and the House of Representatives that made Pulaski an honorary citizen.

indeed.

14 posted on 11/06/2009 7:06:14 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("allah akbar" is hate speech. And the Yankees are No. 1.)
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To: Saije

Next time you’re in Savannah, drop in on Fort Pulaski—it’s worth a visit—and, especially if it’s spring and the flowers are blooming, don’t miss Monterey Square, one of the nation’s beauty spots, and the monument to Casimir Pulaski in the center of the square. And BTW, Mikve Israel, one of the nation’s oldest synagogues, faces the square. It’s another gorgeous thing. And from the Pulaski monument, gaze south on Bull Street at the beautiful Forsythe Park Fountain in the distance.


15 posted on 11/06/2009 7:07:01 PM PST by Savage Beast (I forget the name of the place. I forget the name of the girl. But the wine was Chambertin.H. Belloc)
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To: Saije

Democrats did something good and honorable. Wow. The exception really does prove the rule!


16 posted on 11/06/2009 7:11:47 PM PST by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Saije

He better buy a $ 15,0000 health care policy or he’s going to jail . If he was an illegal he’d be home free !


17 posted on 11/06/2009 7:14:26 PM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies om Planet' and " Battle of the Worlds " on Blu-ray ?)
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18 posted on 11/06/2009 8:40:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: GeronL

George Washington was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant General to the rank of “General of the Armies of the United States” in January 1976 (with a date of rank from 4 July 1976) to ensure that he will always be the Army’s highest ranked officer.

I don’t think he cares. but it is symbolically important.


19 posted on 11/06/2009 8:45:23 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Saije
Pulaski: "I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it."

Pulaski is model of a true "American" in the finest sense of the word in heart, soul and deed

This will be probably the only time I will 100% support Dennis Kucinich on anything....

(more then I can say for Dennis Kucinich)

20 posted on 11/06/2009 8:58:56 PM PST by tophat9000 (Obama plans to fix America like he fixed his dog)
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To: GeronL
Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata to Poland: "No missile defense against Islam ICBMs for you but Pulaski is now an American."

yitbos

21 posted on 11/06/2009 9:37:32 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Saije

Baltimore, Maryland Monument to our new citizen. Commissioned in 1929 and dedicated in 1951.

22 posted on 11/07/2009 3:09:43 AM PST by Mila
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To: Saije
Finally, Gen. Casimir Pulaski became an American, 230 years after the Polish nobleman died in Georgia fighting for what became the United States.

President Barack Obama signed a joint resolution today of the Senate and the House of Representatives that made Pulaski an honorary citizen.

I was surprised to learn that this had not been done long ago, so let me say that this is long overdue. But I can't help thinking that Obama did this as a sop to Poland. Frankly, I think the Poles would prefer to have a more robust defense commitment from Obama. But they aren't going to get that, so they'll have to be happy with a presidential proclamation.

23 posted on 11/07/2009 4:22:22 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Saije; Savage Beast
Next time you’re in Savannah, drop in on Fort Pulaski.

Seconded.

And also don't forget "Wet Willies". Excellent frozen 151 bacardi drinks.

24 posted on 11/07/2009 5:52:15 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Vigilantcitizen
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C. S. Lewis"

Seconded.

25 posted on 11/07/2009 7:23:12 AM PST by Savage Beast (“If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers.” -Mike Huckabee)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

John J. Pershing actually held the rank of “General of the Armies”, the same rank that Gen. Washington was elevated to in 1976. When the 5-star ranks (Gen. of the Army / Fleet Admiral) were created for WW2 they were considered to be one grade below. IOWs, Pershing & Washington are in effect 6-star generals. Note: No insignia were ever developed. Pershing never wore more than 4 stars in any picture that I ever saw.


26 posted on 11/07/2009 7:25:41 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Vigilantcitizen
"One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible...to live without breaking laws. ...just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in..." -- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

An excellent description of California.

There are now so many laws on the books that no one can observe them, enforce them, or objectively interpret them (which has been the idea all along). This gives the Enforcers carte blanche to enforce them selectively. If they like you, they let you off. If they don't, you're Jean Valjean.

Meanwhile California citizens spend lots of time evading the laws, reporting one another for infractions of the law, and feeling good because there's another law on the books to solve some problem or other (nevermind that it does no such thing--it's the LAW).

BTW, I know this is changing the subject, but you know that law in Santa Cruz that outlaws hate--how's that working?

Oh yeah! And at Stinson Beach--have all those "No Dogs Allowed" signs managed to keep any dogs off the beach yet?

27 posted on 11/07/2009 7:37:11 AM PST by Savage Beast (“If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers.” -Mike Huckabee)
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To: Vigilantcitizen
"It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies."

Yes. And when they start talking about how they "want to give back"--reach for the panic button (or the oubliette button, if you've got one).

28 posted on 11/07/2009 7:39:54 AM PST by Savage Beast (“If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers.” -Mike Huckabee)
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To: Savage Beast

It’s been long past time to “throw the tea in the harbor”.


29 posted on 11/07/2009 7:43:43 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Tallguy
Pershing was General of the Armies. Washington is General of the Armies of the United States.

General of the Armies of the United States is a distinct rank above the ranks of General of the Armies and General of the Army. It was created to insure that George Washington will always outrank Grant, Sherman, Pershing, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Marshall, Arnold and Bradley and all other officers of the US Army.

30 posted on 11/07/2009 8:53:40 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GeronL

> Making someone an honorary US citizen 230 years after they died is really useful for him, how will his afterlife change one bit? Did he even desire to be a US citizen?

Gotta disagree, mate. Speaking personally, I would far prefer to be made an honorary US Citizen than to receive a Knighthood, any day of the week. Whether these honors be awarded posthumously or no.

There would be very, very few honors that could trump being given honorary US Citizenship.


31 posted on 11/08/2009 1:19:30 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
1. 230 years too late
2. Noone asked him if he would like an honorary American citizenship A.D. 2009
We've got a term in Polish language which sums up this whole case - "uszczęśliwiać na siłę"
32 posted on 11/08/2009 2:59:00 AM PST by Verdelet (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori!)
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