Disc Golfers Celebrate Manifest Destiny
A group of intrepid souls gathered in the pre-dawn hours, their heads bowed in reverance, to celebrate the dedication of a granite monument. This monument was placed strategically at the entrance of the new westward expansion of the Iriquois Park Disc Golf Course in Iriquois, New York. Inscribed on the monument was the heading “Manifest Destiny” and under this heading the words of the 7th President of the United States, James K. Polk: “Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.”
Polk, of course, is the President most associated with Manifest Destiny, a philosophy that guided the very young nation known as the United States to inevitably explore and acquire land from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The spread of disc golf from coast to coast represents a modern day Manifest Destiny.
A list of the intrepid souls who gather for this historic dedication: Rich Poore, philanthropist, humanitarian, engineer and well known proprietor of Iriquois Park Disc Golf Course. Hank Lewis, Pioneer and Architect, descendant of the famous American explorer Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame. Rob Steele, a hard working man of uncommon strength, quiet determination and valor. fisherman bob, world famous blues singer and bassist and devoted disc golf enthusiast. Accompanying Rich Poore are his constant companion Little Gus Poore and wife Wilhemina.
Each intrepid soul, in their own way, reflects on the significance of the moment: from the humble beginnings of the Iriquois Park Disc Golf Course to the present magnificent layout of the course. Rich Poore, the humanitarian, is concerned about the indigenous peoples in the area, and previously reported to the world:
“I have spoken with Chief Broken Arrow of the Iriquois tribe and asked him his opinion of what the white man has brought. This is his response:”
“Before white man came we had plenty of fish and game. No taxes. No health insurance. Medicine man treat illness. No deductibles. Braves lived free. Squaws take care of children in teepee. Now we have taxes, health and auto insurance, pollution. Squaws and braves must all work. Medicine man “out of network.” And to top this off, now men throwing plastic into chains. Old ways long gone.”
Despite this, the current westward expansion proceeds as planned. Rich Poore, an ardent admirer of James K. Polk, has another quote from Polk on a plaque in his home: “One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.” At the very least, all peoples are allowed to play disc golf for free at Iriquois Park, where the wind is your friend.
Just before the intrepid souls began working on the course, Little Gus Poore ran over to the monument, lifted his leg, and christened it the only way he knows how. fisherman bob exclaimed “Look, it shines out like a shaft of gold when all around is dark!” All nodded in quiet agreement. Rich Poore said under his breath to his wife Wilhemina “I told you to keep him on the damned leash.”