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"America - Why I Love Her" - John Wayne
John Wayne's "America, Why I Love Her" ^ | July, 1964 | John Mitchum

Posted on 09/15/2001 4:35:41 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP

The following is a favorite poem of the Duke's, which he delivered before the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, California.

May John Wayne's dedication to America and all that she stands for be an example to us, and let this give us just a few reasons and reminders as to why we have the will to fight and die for the U.S.A.

Why I Love Her

You ask me Why I Lover Her? Well, give me time and I'll explain.
Have you see a Kansas sunset or an Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way?
Have you watched a cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay?

Have you heard a bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines,
Or heard the bellow of a diesel at the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at her Massachusetts shore,
Where men who braved a hard new world first stepped on Plymounth's rock?
And do you think of them when you stroll along a new York City dock?

Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies, way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia as she rushes to the sea,
Or bow your head at Gettysburg at our struggle to be free?

Have you seen the mighty Tetons? Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you see the Mississippi roll along Missouri's shore?
Have you felt a chill at Michigan when on a winter's day
Her waters rage along the shore in thunderous display?
Does the word "Aloha" make you warm? Do you stare in disbelief
When you see the surf come roaring in at Waimea Reef?

From Alaska's cold to the Everglades, from the Rio Grande to Maine,
My heart cries out, my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me Why I Love Her? I've a million reasons why:
My Beautiful America, beneath God's wide, wide sky.

John Wayne


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1 posted on 09/15/2001 4:35:41 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: StoneColdGOP
No comment needed.

Bttt.

2 posted on 09/15/2001 4:50:50 PM PDT by martian_22
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To: martian_22
Splendid
3 posted on 09/15/2001 4:59:42 PM PDT by joyce11111
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To: joyce11111
Bttt.
4 posted on 09/15/2001 5:26:41 PM PDT by martian_22
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To: StoneColdGOP
How about:"I won't be insulted. I won't be wronged. And I won't be laid a hand on." (From 'The Shootist')

Hope I remembered it right.

5 posted on 09/15/2001 5:31:46 PM PDT by shamusotoole
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To: shamusotoole
You got it just right, Pilgrim! :-)
6 posted on 09/15/2001 6:24:26 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: martian_22
Does pretty much speak for itself.

I miss the Duke!

7 posted on 09/15/2001 11:17:26 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: StoneColdGOP
Bump for a Sunday read.
8 posted on 09/16/2001 12:17:54 PM PDT by martian_22
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To: Mr.B.Goes.To.Washington
BUMP!
9 posted on 09/16/2001 8:03:05 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: StoneColdGOP
We ALL miss the Duke. (Take your hat off and place it over your heart when you say that name)
10 posted on 09/19/2001 5:42:26 AM PDT by TheRealLobo
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To: StoneColdGOP
I just knew this was posted by you when I saw the title. Great find.
11 posted on 09/19/2001 5:46:01 AM PDT by riley1992
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To: Issaquahking
You ask me Why I Love Her? I've a million reasons why: My Beautiful America, beneath God's wide, wide sky.

A " giving me chills down my spine " BTT

12 posted on 09/19/2001 5:52:27 AM PDT by Neets
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To: StoneColdGOP
John Wayne - American.

We sorely miss him.

13 posted on 09/19/2001 6:02:05 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: StoneColdGOP
Beautiful poem. The real troops, the ones who truly suffered, boo'ed him off the stage, during his USO tour, unfortunately. War is not romantic. It is miserable and ugly.
14 posted on 09/19/2001 6:13:37 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: riley1992
Heh heh, I am predictable, am I? ;-)
15 posted on 09/19/2001 7:34:17 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: StoneColdGOP
BLAM!
16 posted on 09/30/2001 3:26:27 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: StoneColdGOP
Quote by John Wayne on Liberals."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..." http://members.aol.com/fortscott/quotes.htm
17 posted on 09/30/2001 4:08:13 AM PDT by Tycobb
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To: StoneColdGOP
WWJWD?
18 posted on 09/30/2001 4:28:07 AM PDT by gridlock
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To: StoneColdGOP
Bump - For the Duke!
19 posted on 10/30/2001 7:39:52 PM PST by CyberCowboy777
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To: CyberCowboy777
JOHN WAYNE BUMP, PILGRIM!
20 posted on 10/31/2001 9:09:05 AM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: gridlock
Bump!
21 posted on 01/11/2002 11:13:13 AM PST by StoneColdGOP
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BTTT
22 posted on 08/26/2002 4:46:16 PM PDT by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Hi Sweetheart!
23 posted on 08/26/2002 4:51:21 PM PDT by diotima
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To: diotima
Hi Dio. Beautiful poem, eh?

America isn't the same without the Duke around. :(

24 posted on 08/26/2002 5:16:37 PM PDT by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Yes and FR isn't the same without Harry around. :^(
25 posted on 08/26/2002 5:44:14 PM PDT by diotima
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To: diotima
Hello--

To all those that have honored John Mitchum's "America, Why I Love Her" by displaying the poem on their website (or posting it to a forum, as the case may be), we thank you. We knew John Mitchum, the author of this poem, to be a Great American Patriot.
We are currently working on a broad-based grass-roots effort to make "America, Why I Love Her" Our National Poem and a permanent part of Our National Heritage. Join us, won't you? We would be pleased if you could provide a link to us at www.americawhyiloveher.com. Feel free to elaborate on your own websites to this effect.

Thank you!

Steve Azbill
Big John Records
www.bigjohnrecords.com

PS: It is highly unlikely that John Wayne recited this poem to the 1964 RNC, since it was not written until 1969.

26 posted on 02/12/2003 1:12:35 AM PST by OrneryMitchum
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