One of my favorite shows as a kid was the British 8 part mini series of James Fenimore Cooper’s classic tale The Last of the Mohicans which was shown on WGBH channel 2 as PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre series.
There were many classic moments in the eight part series but one came to mind this week when South Dakota governor Kristi Noem did an abrupt about face on a bill to protect women in women’s sports.
In episode 2 Hawkeye and the Mohegans having recused Major Heyward’s party consisting of the daughters of Col Munro, his batsman and a traveling Psalmist are hiding in a cave bedding down for the night. Heyward is venting to concerning the mistake he made in trusting Magua the Huron to a listening Hawkeye and suggests to him that his is foolish to trust the Mohegans Chingachgook and his son Uncas. This leads to this speech by Hawkeye that has always stuck with me. (emphasis mine)
Hawkeye: I’ve known Chingachgook since we were both young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since the day he was born. Major Hayward I do not know you! If we had to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. Oh I don’t think you would, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohegans and they didn’t run!Last of the Mohegans episode 2 1971
This had been the reason why I had supported Ted Cruz over Donald Trump in 2016. Both were saying all the right things but I had already seen that Ted Cruz wouldn’t run and didn’t know about Trump. Of course we figured out pretty quick that President Trump didn’t run from a fight either and I was happy to support him in 2020.
We still don’t know who the GOP nominee will be in 2024 but it’s imperative that both the nominee for President and Vice President are people who will not run when the left, or the media or the NCAA goes after them.
Kristi Noem has done us a great service just as Nikki Haley did by showing that when the chips were down and if we had to fight back to back, they would run. Noem’s handling of the COVID crisis in her state has been excellent and she deserves credit for it. Haley certainly did a fine job at the UN and she deserves credit for it too and in a different era that might be enough.
We are however now at a point where conservatives and conservatism are literally fighting for our lives and we can’t be looking for someone hoping to get JFK library awards for throwing us off the bus.
It’s just as well we learn this now before we invest time, effort and most importantly money on them.