Skip to comments.WHERE IS JOHN WAYNE’S AMERICA?
Posted on 07/12/2008 6:40:59 PM PDT by K-oneTexas
WHERE IS JOHN WAYNES AMERICA? by Don Bendell
I grew up in Ohio watching and idolizing John Wayne and all the cowboy hero figures and dreamed of becoming an American cowboy. When I became an adult and a Green Beret serving in the Vietnam War, who was the one man who consistently and staunchly went against the grain and stood up for all my fellow vets and me in those days? Oddly enough, it was my old hero John Wayne who played a Green Beret in the movie of the same name. Have we actually progressed since those thrilling days of yesteryear, or have we regressed? We had enemies since 9-11 refer to our President as a cowboy or as John Wayne, and they said it as a putdown. Then many liberal politicians and left-leaning media mimicked our enemies and tried to chastise him the same way. I moved to Colorado years ago to realize my childhood dream, and I am very proud to be a real American cowboy with a real horse. I too have had people try to put me down by saying I am a John Wayne-type, because they were angered by my straight-talking editorials or speeches in the past. They actually felt that they were criticizing me, but I cannot tell you how complimented I felt by such a comparison.
For years, I have listened to liberals and many news media call George W. Bush a liar, a scoundrel, and many other vile names stating that he out and out lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Now, however, it has been not claimed or alleged, but very clearly proven and documented that over one million two-hundred thousand pounds of concentrated uranium called Yellowcake, and numerous devices to produce hundreds of nuclear bombs have just been discovered at Saddam Husseins Tuwaitha nuclear complex only 12 miles south of Baghdad. These have recently been safely removed from Iraq and shipped to Canada for storage. This is not a hoped for conservative victory, or surmised claim by a right wing weblog, but a major news story by the Associated Press, who picked it up from a foreign newspaper who broke the story, not the ever-vigilant see-themselves-as-Woodward-and-Bernstein American press corps.
Why have you not heard about it as the lead story on any of the major news networks? Why have you not read about it on the front page of every paper in our nation? Also, why have we not heard any of the vociferous congressional leaders or liberal broadcasters publicly apologize to the President of the United States who they so loudly slandered the past five years with the entire world listening, especially our enemies while we are at war? Where is John Kerry now, John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and all the other slanderers? Where are the apologies from the Hollywood elite who seem to feel they have all the answers for our nation, especially when they are plugging their latest movie releases or books?
George W. Bush has certainly had his warts, such as previously having bad-taste in selecting a Secretary of Defense. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not originally prosecuted properly, but General Petraeus, like John Wayne, brought in the Cavalry and started the Surge. Now, Iraq has done a complete turnaround and the war will be ended within one year. Not only is it winding down now significantly, the London Times this week declared the War in Iraq to essentially be over. Finally, doing it right, we have now started a do-over in Afghanistan, which will work this time. Have the liberals who wanted to cut and run apologized? No, they ignore the good news and still claim the sky is falling. I am sorry folks; I dont care what pollsters that libs are listening to, all citizens, especially warriors hate war and are tired of this one, but most Americans want us to win the war, not surrender. If you are a liberal who has only protested this war or maybe the Vietnam War, there is a big difference between you and me, a major difference. Like John Waynes characters I was willing to risk my life for what I believed in, but you instead only risked a pair of flex cuffs or a water cannon for what you believed in. That was like me getting into the ring with Mike Tyson and you getting into a pillow fight with Elton John.
You liberals were all quick to pounce on the President, but why have you not been quick to apologize since he was proven to be correct? I will tell you why. John Wayne and men and women of his stripe are dead and gone, and our congressional leaders have generally morphed into a marble-floored building full of pencil-necked, panty-waist wimps. Political cowards who look to the flag pole first to see which way the wind is blowing before making a stand on anything. Their charismatic leader is a political chameleon, Barack Obama, who changes positions to match the voting trend environment faster than Britney Spears changes personalities.
George W. Bush has done a number of things wrong but at least he was a leader with some gumption, courage, and tenacity to stay the course. He stuck to his guns and now he has been proven right, and the critics are either too busy choking on the crow they had to eat or are simply moral cowards in regards to correcting or retracting their horrendous accusations about the resounding success of The Surge, and now about the discovery of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, which President Bush tried to warn us about in his 2003 State of the Union address.
John McCain is running for President and yes, he has his faults, too. But he is not a carbon copy of GWB that Obama apologists would have you believe, and which insults the intelligence of thinking voters. However, one of the things that McCain does have in common with George W. Bush is that they each have a little bit of John Wayne in them. Some have branded McCain as a maverick. That is exactly what we need now in our President more than ever. And no, Barack Obama is not another John F. Kennedy who created the Green Berets. John F. Kennedy was a great speaker, and like John McCain, was a war hero. Barack Obama is simply a great speaker, but the only courageous thing he has bragged about was repeatedly risking prison breaking the law by snorting cocaine and as he said it, smoking reefer with his buddies.
John Wayne said, A man ought to do what he thinks is right.
George W. Bush did just that, and he has been proven to be right. Senator McCain, to the frustration of both democrats and republicans at times, has shown that he has been willing to stand his ground on principle and not spin around in the political breezes that blow in every direction. Now more than ever, our nation needs political leaders like this man who have a little bit of The Duke in them. If not, there are gangs of outlaws just waiting in the shadows of the gulches and canyons of freedom who are watching for any sign of weakness so they can bushwhack us.
Most modern day political leaders and many self-described journalists need to rent some John Wayne movies and learn a lesson or two about standing their ground and not waving the white flag of cowardice. And they need to learn to become men or women of strong enough character to now apologize.
Wise Words from the DUKE
“I’ve always followed my father’s advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.”
“I’ve always had deep faith that there is a Supreme Being, there has to be. To me that’s just a normal thing to have that kind of faith. The fact that He’s let me stick around a little longer, or She’s let me stick around a little longer, certainly goes great with me—and I want to hang around as long as I’m healthy and not in anybody’s way.”
*On The Flag
“We’ve made mistakes along the way, but that’s no reason to start tearing up the best flag God ever gave to any country.”
“Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I’m not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be. I was proud when President Nixon ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor, which we should have done long ago, because I think we’re helping a brave little country defend herself against Communist invasion. That’s what I tried to show in The Green Berets and I took plenty of abuse from the critics.”
*On His Political Philosophy
“I have found a certain type calls himself a Liberal...Now I always thought I was a Liberal. I came up terribly surprised one time when I found out that I was a Right-Wing Conservative Extremist, when I listened to everybody’s point of view that I ever met, and then decided how I should feel. But this so-called new Liberal group, Jesus, they never listen to your point of view...”
“If everything isn’t black and white, I say why the hell not.”
*On Giving UP
“No you’re not. We can’t turn back! We’re blazing a trail that started in England. Not even the storms of the sea could turn back those first settlers - and they carried it on further, they blazed it on through the wilderness of Kentucky. Famine, hunger, not even massacres could stop them. Now we’ve picked up the trail again and nothing can stop us, not even the snows of winter nor the peaks of the highest mountain. We’re building a nation, but we’ve got to suffer. No great trail was ever blazed without hardship. And you’ve got to fight. That’s life! And when you stop fightin’, that’s death! What are you going to do, lay down and die? Not in a thousand years! You’re going on with me!”
“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same from them.
*On Self Sufficiency
“Have you ever heard of some fellows who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers too hot and winters freezing, and they also found some unpleasant little characters who painted their faces. Do you think these pioneers filled out form number X6277 and sent in a report saying the Indians were a little unreasonable? Did they have insurance for their old age, for their crops, for their homes? They did not! They looked at the land, and the forest, and the rivers. They looked at their wives, their kids and their houses, and then they looked up at the sky and they said thanks God, we’ll take it from here.”
John Wayne was a great man. Not a perfect man, but a great man. I’m proud to present both him, personally, and the characters he portrayed as heroes for my sons to emulate, with a little personal spin, “See that? That’s what your grandfather would do, too!”
When I read those, Its as if I’m hearing the Dukes own voice reading them to me.
"I won't lose my temper, I won't hit you...Like HELL I Won't"
And the slide into the mud pit.
God bless John Wayne.
At this dinner, the Duke recited the Scout Law. Then he did something unusual, he said the twelve points of the Scout Law are nice words. Trouble is, he continued, we learn them so young we sometimes dont get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him, with a few things I have picked up in more than half a century since I learned it. Then the Duke proceeded to explain the importance of the Scout Law, breaking it down for the guests at the dinner, much like he would have for his grandson.
John Wayne then thanked those in attendance at the dinner for putting his name on the outpost camp and said, I would rather see it here than on all the theater marquees the world over.
There is now better part of American culture to show off to the rest of the world than that of cowboy culture. Sure the libs can't stand it but even in a place like Paris, France real cowboys are respected and the image of a tough cowboy is regarded as something of an ideal.
Of course cowgirls are a part of cowgirl culture. What better sport for a teen girl than barrel racing and Western horsemanship. I always rode English but I still love everything that is Western.
There’s a John Wayne’s America link on my homepage you’ll enjoy.
Obama the Forest Gump of American Politics.
Bump to that.
Where is my prairie son
Where is my happy ending
Where have all the cowboys gone
That song popped into my head as soon as I read the article's title.
Was this latest batch stuff that we knew he had and under seal or more recently obtained or hidden? Not that being under un seal means anything, just look at saddam and no dong kim's previous antics. Iraq also had a uranium mine up by the syrian border. Saddam and some of his scientists admitted that they were just waiting for the sanctions to be lifted before restarting the nuke program.
BTW, I just found a hat that I'd bought 25 yrs ago when driving truck through Texas. It's from Texas Hatters and it's called the "John Wayne", same one the "Duke" is wearing in the pic.
Thanks Sand Rat. As you know, BSA is still trying to create patriots. I think our Troop of about 80 boys is doing fine. Thanks for the BSA pings!
Thanks for the pin Chgogal, and thanks for posting those quotes, SandRat.
I was raised on cowboy lore and custom. So this ping was like a booster shot : )
“Under seal or more recently obtained or hidden”
Both, from what I have read.
Because I goofed... LOL
The Duke was a real American.
Here I sit, 25 miles from where the Duke grew up, and I hope that many more people in our great nation, can take on the mantle of his positive view of our place in the world once again.
We are the greatest nation in the world. People from all over the world want to be here.
We are the force for freedom and good in the world.
Who is usually the first nation on the spot when disasters strike? Yes it’s the United States.
Which nation has compassion on the downtrodden of the world; providing food and medicine to them? Yes it’s the United States.
Who is there to oppose the tyrants of the world when they make their move?
Yes it’s the United States.
I love our nation and it’s freedoms. I am one of the luckiest people on the earth to live where I do.
And thank you to all who have served our country to keep it free.
Miller-John Wayne was a fag
assembled repo-men in chorus-The hell he was!
Miller-He was too you boys. I installed 2 way mirrors at his pad in Brentwood. The dude came to the door in a dress.
LOL... I’m green with envy.
Haaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Ha Ha Ha!!! That’s funnier than human beings should be allowed to “visualize!” Outstanding!!!
“Why have you not heard about it as the lead story on any of the major news networks? Why have you not read about it on the front page of every paper in our nation?”
Even more difficult, why hasn’t George Bush mentioned it?
My wife and I promised ourselves that we wouldn’t push any sports on the kids except for riding. We agreed and insist that our kids learn how to ride. It’s been tough, watching my 8 yr old son get bucked off his horse on two occasions. He wanted to quit but we made him remount both times. Now he’s just completed his first week at a horse camp and has made amazing progress. He loves it and wants to go back again. My 5 yr old daughter loves riding and would spend every moment with them if she could. She loves watching “cowgirl races” and I am hopeful that both of them begin competing in junior rodeo next year. I wear my Stetson everywhere and hope that one day my son will take pride in wearing his as well. He has been raised on Duke movies so he knows the hat is a point of pride.
I think the MSM is preparing a big story about Pee Wee Herman’s America. More their style and speed. ;-)
Ya mean like Dale Evans???
Happy trails to you... until we meet again...
Music to read this thread by...
Thanks Bud. It sure says what I’ve been thinking.
Thanks a bunch. My favorite (perhaps not exact) “Life is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re stupid.”
Thanks for the ping. Good article and thread.
John Wayne was just an actor named Marion Morrisson. He was not an American hero. The real heroes are buried in places like Arlington. We even have a few buried in Princeton cemetery nearby.
The Party of Retreat and the Left Wing Media will not publish the uranium story.
John Wayne represented a way of life prior to now.
Gangbangers, rap music and gay rights were not in vogue, yet.
We need the days of Clint, the Duke and Ronald Reagan, not Chuck “The Gun Grabber/Bank Collapser” Schumer or Barack Hussin Obama.
The Left, via unchecked immigration (thanks Teddy), welfare (LBJ), Muslim fanatics (Carter & Clinton) and the political correctness that paralyzes colleges and places of work need to weeded out and be told to pound sand.
Tell Hollywood or the mainstream media that PRO-AMERICAN themes sell and help us...can you imagine “Death of a President” (the ‘fantasy’ GWB assassination film last year) in Iran or Russia?
Tears of joy and relief will come streaming down my face when the bloated Senator from Massachusetts takes his final breath...just being honest.
I suppose you feel the same way about Bob Hope.They were all Pro America all their lives.
I’d join the Cowboy Republicans based on John Wayne’s values...even if we don’t get to wear a cowboy hat.
Happy you bring Bob up. Too many people remember him from his TV specials, when his true brilliance can only be seen in his films from the 1940s/50s. There has never been a comedian, before or since, who had better timing.
To me they are all heros and yes Hopes movies were fabulous.I had an idea of his political leanings when he made the quip refering to zombies,”You mean democrats?”
Repo Man bump.
Maybe the Iraqis had what was in the car’s trunk.
SandRat... once again your post has struck home..... will keep this particular post handy...
Apologize, what’s that? Very few people apologize for being or doing anything wrong these days. And when we’re talking about Liberals, I most particularly don’t expect it.
I've noticed this as well...of course now they're calling themselves "progressives" because people are now using liberal as a pejorative. The thing is, liberals, progressives or whatever they choose to call themselves next...they have a penchant for labeling things the opposite of the truth. They are not liberal nor are they progressive. They do not, as John Wayne noted, listen to other viewpoints and their idea of progress is a return to various elements of fascism and totalitarianism from the past.
Good for you! My “cowboy days” working on ranches were
the most significant part of my life. I still live around
horses and enjoy riding, after all those years.