Monday, July 11, 2005

"Brother, be of good cheer. Before one winter shall pass, the chance will yet come to build our nation and drive the Americans from our land. If this should fail, then a curse shall be upon the Great Chief of the Americans, if they shall ever pick Harrison to lead them. His days in power shall be cut short. And for every twenty winters following, the days in power of the Great Chief which they shall select shall be cut short. Our people shall not be the instrument to shorten their time. Either the Great Spirit shall shorten their days or their own people shall shoot them. This is not all. Each contest to select their Great Chief shall be marked by sharp divisions within their nation. Within seven winters of each contest, there shall be a war among their people, either within their nation or with other nations, I know not which. Our people shall prosper only if they can avoid these wars. "

This is an ancient Indian curse, some say, administered by Tecumseh after he was defeated by William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. (Harrison went on to become president in 1840). While others say, Tecumseh's mother pronounced the curse when Tecumseh died. And a third version, attributes it to his half brother Tenskwatawa (a medicine man), aka The Prophet.

1840 - William Henry Harrison was elected President. He died of pneumonia on April 4, 1841. The Mexican War broke out in 1846.

1860 - Abraham Lincoln was re-elected President. Lincoln was assassinated and died on April 15, 1865. Within months, war between the states broke out.

1880 - James Garfield was elected President. He was shot and led to his death on September 19, 1881. Battle of Little Bighorn started in 1876.

1900 - William McKinley was re-elected President. On September 6, 1901, McKinley was shot and died on September 14th. He died less than two years after the end of the Spanish-American War.

1920 - Warren G. Harding was elected President. He suffered from a stroke and died at the Palace Hotel on August 2, 1923. World War I ended two years before.

1940 - Franklin Roosevelt was elected President. He was re-elected in 1944. He died on April 12, 1945, of a cerebral hemorrhage. Since he was elected during one of his terms in a year that ended with a zero, he is considered part of Tecumseh's curse. America entered World War II on December 7, 1941

1960 - John F. Kennedy became President. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22 1963. The U.S. entered the Vietnam War less than two years later.

1980 - Ronald Reagan was elected President. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Reagan in Washington, D.C. The President was shot but was able to survive with quick medical attention.

2000 - George W. Bush was elected President.

It is widely believed that with the survival of Reagan in 1981, the curse has been broken.
Bull shit? Or supernatural? You decide!

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Blogger Kurakat said...

Curse or not, I really feel that we should not even bother about these.. why? Cos fcusing on such thingy bring us nowwhere... and I dun see any good to come out of it.. Leave such, uhm, 'curses' to teh fools whilst we focu on more important things..

I have to stress though, I believe that curses are possible cos even Jesus cursed an unfruitful fig tree before. In the Old Testament, esp in the book of Deuteronomy, you will see curses being mentioned. But in both instances, the focus is not on the curse but on why the curses are pronounced. In the fig tree incident, the message that Jesus is trying to convey is on the desirable virte of fruitfulness. The Deuteronomy verses is more focused on obedience to a benevolent God bcos disobedience will bring curses.

In both instances, God's desired outcome is sytill positive, enabling us to see the right way to proceed. This is so far away from the Red Indian curse that is on your blog.

It is also commonly known that most, if not all nations, are birthed from bloodshed. America is no exception. The side which suffered defeat ought to let the past be the past and attempt to forge a brighter future. To be backward looking is to have no vision and to give up on the future. For a man without vision will always go back to his past and a man without vision shall perish. To keep talking on curses and to discuss whether they are true or not may not have any real practical value to humanity as far as I can see it.

Just voicing my opinions... Are my remarks racist? Der...

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