Winston Churchill wrote:
"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone."
I guess Winston Churchill wasn't talking for his fellow countrymen. I mean, he starts off with "I have, myself..." thus, apparently, he couldn't
have been, right? It doesn't matter if he referred to the rest of his people during parts of it, just as Cochise did during his. He said "I." It's all rendered moot. Apparently.
How about Chief Joseph when and his tribe (sorry, just he, apparently) surrendered?
Chief Joseph wrote:
"Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our Chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Ta Hool Hool Shute is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are – perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my Chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever."
The trend continues throughout numerous other speeches. But it doesn't matter, I guess. If someone says "I" they can't possibly be speaking for their majority of their people. It just isn't possible. They said "I," dammit! Eloquence, symbolism, and poetry can go fuck themselves.