In the course of human events, there comes a time for a single heroic action that can spell the difference between ruination and glory. At moments like these, great figures arise, making statements that ring true across the centuries, imspiring new heroes with the sheer power of their words.
“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” — Nathan Hale
“Don’t give up the ship!” — James Lawrence
“Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” — David Farragut
“I shall return!” — Douglas MacArthur
“We will bury you!” — Nikita Khruschchev
Oops, I don’t know how that last one got in there. Sorry. But you get my drift.
And today, in the midst of desperate times, another hero strode forth:
“I stand by my retweet.” George S. Patton couldn’t have said it any better.
Really, I’m glad I wasn’t drinking coffee when I read that, because I would have had hot java up my nose and down my shirt.
A bit of context, for those just joining us. Earlier today, I wrote about a fatally flawed essay by James Conca of Forbes Magazine, which blamed rising energy prices in New England on “Vermont’s choice” to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Which is nonsense; the plant’s owner pulled the plug for financial reasons. But that didn’t stop Vermont conservatives, who should know better, from latching on to the erroneous column. One of the guilty was Darcie “Hack” Johnston, hapless campaign consultant, who eagerly retweeted a link to the Concatenation. And when I noted the duplicity of glomming onto a fundamentally flawed essay, Johnston issued her broadside.
“I stand by my retweet.”
That’s gotta be one of the most ridiculous attempts at inspirational rhetoric I’ve ever seen.
Go ahead, @DarcieLJ. Stand by your tiny evanescent masterpiece.