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Gene Simmons -- A Celebrity Who Gets It?
Right Wing News ^ | April 18, 2003 | John Hawkins

Posted on 04/20/2003 11:15:26 AM PDT by John Lenin

Gene Simmons -- A Celebrity Who Gets It?: Gene Simmons of Kiss, a man who freely admits he's to left of center politically, wrote a surprisingly powerful editorial on his homepage defending the invasion of Iraq and America itself. It was so good that I thought I should I quote a big chunk of it here on RWN...

"...I have said in this political climate, that I am ashamed of the behavior of people who call themselves either members of the Democratic Party (whose politics I usually support, incidentally) or as Liberals (funny, I always thought I was one). But, I will not hesitate to tell someone off. I believe in a form of politics that supercedes philosophical discussions. I believe in Pragmatism.

Pacifism is a beautiful word. No one wants war. Not you. Not I. But, the most passionate Pacifist is only relatively so. What I mean is, it's easy to be a Pacifist here in America. That's because Hussein and other menaces are far away. The closer a gun is pointed to your head, the less of a Pacifist you are...the more you're interested in stopping the guy pointing the gun to your head.

Granted. Saddam Hussein never pointed a gun to my head. I also never want to wait long enough for him to do so. PRE-EMPTIVE WAR is one of the realities we all have to face. There will never be another 9/11...and I could give a sh*t if there is or isn't a direct line to Hussein. He had to go. Period. That regime wouldn't think twice about giving an extremist a suitcase filled with a dirty bomb.

I am passionate about America. It has given me (and in my estimation, the world) everything I ever wanted... including the right to disagree, without winding up in a can of dog food. And, because of my passionate love of America, warts and all, I will stand up and defend her at the drop of a hat.

Is America always right? No. But for 100 years, it seems to me, it has gotten most of it right. The most powerful force the world has ever known is not conquering other countries. Previous world powers, had a colonial agenda. This included at various times in history: Rome, Greece, Nazi Germany, France, England, Communist Russia and Persia. There are more.

But, aside from the French complaining (don't they always?) about the influx of the AMERICAN CULTURE, I don't see America expanding its borders...All the countries in the world are free to rule themselves as they see fit...as long as they don't threaten anyone else.

..."America, love it or leave it?" I never subscribed to that ideal. It's actually UnAmerican. I DO believe in different opinions. But, I am also ashamed of any American especially, who gets up on stage in a different country to badmouth America, while American troops are dying in a desert country they would never want to live in.

...The war, for the most part is over. The British and the Aussies, (God bless em both,) amid a murky political situation, stood alongside Americans and did what had to be done.

The Iraqi's are free.

I suggest anyone having a problem with this war go talk to the Iraqi's. Ask them if they prefer freedom (even at the price of, initially having what seems to be chaos), or if they prefer Saddam Hussein come back and reinstates the old ways.

I DARE anyone to say the Iraqi's were better off before, under Hussein.

And, after the war dies down, and people here in America go back to normalcy, there will be people who say that they are "non-violent." You don't want to get into fights. But, what that really means is, you don't want to pick on anybody.

Problem is, the bad guys don't always agree with you. You see, if you're against violence and some guy holds a gun to your head and asks you for your money, you better re-think your position. You better become VERY VIOLENT at that moment. Or, you're dead.

Being a Pacifist, is an ideal. I subscribe to it. I'm against violence. But, only CONCEPTUALLY, if you threaten my children, I wouldn't think twice about snapping your neck on the spot. I suspect most people would take my view.

You can tell by the length of this missive, that this issue has gotten under my skin. So, I'll try to recap my feelings, in brief. Get ready, 'cause here comes the truth:

America is the world's only hope for a bright future.

Yes. I mean that. Yes, I know you live in another country and your country is cool, too. But, America is the only Superpower. There are no others. And that means, the world is a better place. Because if Nazi Germany or Communist Russia were the only superpowers, we would all be either dead or forced to live under their regimes.

America is not interested in ruling your country. If you think it does, smoking crack may be your answer.

I wasn't born here. But, I have a love for this country and its people that knows no bounds. I will forever be grateful to America for going into World War II, when it had nothing to gain, in a country that was far away...and rescued my Mother from the Nazi German Concentration Camps.

She is alive and I am alive because of America.

And, if you have a problem with America, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME."

Wow, what I can say other than Gene Simmons, RWN salutes you!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Free Republic; War on Terror
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What can I say, great article.
1 posted on 04/20/2003 11:15:26 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: John Lenin
Mr Simons is from Israel and his mother was a deathcamp survivor, I heard the story before.

I was born in Greece, survived the dictatorship there and as a history major in college will tell you the same:

AMERICA IS HUMANITY'S ONLY HOPE AT THIS TIME FOR FREEDOM.

2 posted on 04/20/2003 11:33:27 AM PDT by dinok
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To: John Lenin
I'm against violence. But, only CONCEPTUALLY, if you threaten my children, I wouldn't think twice about snapping your neck on the spot.

Amen

3 posted on 04/20/2003 11:35:50 AM PDT by knuthom
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To: John Lenin
WOW!

An excellent read.............

4 posted on 04/20/2003 11:38:41 AM PDT by SeaDragon
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To: dinok
My favorite line in the whole article.

And, if you have a problem with America, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME."


5 posted on 04/20/2003 11:40:26 AM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: John Lenin
It did make me snile as well...

I saw Ron Silver on FOX earlier today. He is another who gets it as well.

These are historic times...
6 posted on 04/20/2003 11:45:40 AM PDT by dinok
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To: John Lenin
I DARE anyone to say the Iraqi's were better off before, under Hussein.

Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

7 posted on 04/20/2003 11:46:26 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: John Lenin
And Ron Silver was on Tony Snow's Sunday show 4/20/03. I had just returned from church and only caught the end of the show, (I'll see it again tonight).

He waxed elequent about Prez Bush's speech at Ft Bliss today. Tony seemed quite happy to hear Mr. Silver's point of view after all the Tim Robbins hoo haa all week.

Thank You Gene Simmons for your opinion.

8 posted on 04/20/2003 11:48:27 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: John Lenin
Wonders never cease: Gene Simmons and I see eye to eye on something. He waxed eloquent, too. Big Bump.
9 posted on 04/20/2003 11:51:28 AM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: Young Werther
Give his site a few hits GeneSimmons.com
10 posted on 04/20/2003 11:51:37 AM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: John Lenin
Sleeping with Cher makes a man contrite.
11 posted on 04/20/2003 11:56:26 AM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: John Lenin
Thanks. Great article.
12 posted on 04/20/2003 11:56:43 AM PDT by Jaded (Close the BORDERS and the CHECKBOOK!! (schpelin iz opshenul))
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To: dinok
...And my 5x great grandfather served under the original George "W" although he was originally from Germany....It is always the same ...then,.... now,.... and in the words of Francis Scott Key:

Oh thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, for our casue it is just,
and this be our motto, "In God is our trust."
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

13 posted on 04/20/2003 11:58:12 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: John Lenin

14 posted on 04/20/2003 12:01:23 PM PDT by beckett
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To: John Lenin
Is Simmons still playing bass in Abba?
15 posted on 04/20/2003 12:02:15 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: John Lenin
Thanks for the post! This made my day

I'll continue to rock n roll all night..

Thanks so much Gene!
16 posted on 04/20/2003 12:14:19 PM PDT by JakeWyld
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To: John Lenin
I did and sent an email.
17 posted on 04/20/2003 12:16:42 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: John Lenin
You see, if you're against violence and some guy holds a gun to your head and asks you for your money, you better re-think your position. You better become VERY VIOLENT at that moment. Or, you're dead.

There's a more compelling and apt similie to our position: we are a village that has been struck by a man-eating tiger. He's an ambush killer of opportunity, he's got the taste, he's going to strike again. You gather the dogs and the elephants, and the men of the village go find the tiger and kill him. Wherever it takes them, however long it demands. That's the only option. The tiger kills on his terms, you can't defend against that threat.

That's where we are at. We can't wait for ambush killers to strike our people again. We need to go find them and kill them first. There's no other alternative available if we wish to live in a secure society that is not suffocated by a ceaseless and corrosive fear.

It's always better to seize the offensive in life's battles that are colored by unknown threats.

18 posted on 04/20/2003 12:16:51 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: ArneFufkin
A dig at the Ditzy Chicks ?

"America, love it or leave it?" I never subscribed to that ideal. It's actually UnAmerican. I DO believe in different opinions. But, I am also ashamed of any American especially, who gets up on stage in a different country to badmouth America, while American troops are dying in a desert country they would never want to live in.
19 posted on 04/20/2003 12:25:15 PM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: dinok
I saw Ron Silver on FOX earlier today. He is another who gets it as well.

Wasn't he great?

20 posted on 04/20/2003 12:26:12 PM PDT by Maigret
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To: Maceman
Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

And Eleanor could care less that he used that electricity and water to torture people, if it was left to Eleanor any of her favorite dictators could continue to imprison children and she'd find good things to say about them.

21 posted on 04/20/2003 12:27:34 PM PDT by Maigret
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To: Maceman
Eleanor Clift has been heard to argue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

And under Hitler the trains ran on time.

22 posted on 04/20/2003 12:28:00 PM PDT by Mark (Treason doeth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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To: LS
Simmons is still the pretender to the throne.

We know who the first tongue assaulting, unusually well endowed rock n roll bassist from a literate academic background morphing into the bowels of ghoulish hell ... and then back again was.

No, it weren't Freebo or Danny Partridge! ;^)

23 posted on 04/20/2003 12:28:26 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: John Lenin
Gene has always "gotten it" on this subject. You should have herad him last Dec. on the O'Riely Factor...he basically said "hit them hard, hit them fast, and kill them all" Bill was chiding him over his opinion, saying his rocker friends probally thought he was on Crack *L*
24 posted on 04/20/2003 12:36:02 PM PDT by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy)
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To: ArneFufkin
Watch what you say about Gene, or you may get a tongue lashing.


25 posted on 04/20/2003 12:37:07 PM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: John Lenin
I always liked KISS.
26 posted on 04/20/2003 12:40:32 PM PDT by CARepubGal
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To: John Lenin
and it warms my herat to just find out through Gene's site that the Aerosmith/Kiss tour will be here in VB in september...2 like minded groups that I don't mind supporting, Expecally after the PSA's Gene and Paul did for the Military TV Networks
27 posted on 04/20/2003 12:44:04 PM PDT by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy)
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To: John Lenin
Our LS was a professional musician in a very high profile, major league band.

No, not Menudo. The Puerto Ricans don't allow Haitians like LS into their boy bands.

But, he played the bass guitar. Better than the governor of Arkansas even.

Now he's some ivory tower eggheady type just jibba-jabbing hoopty doo gobbledygook in hoity toity rigamaroll and mushmouthing balderdash.

28 posted on 04/20/2003 12:44:08 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Bottom_Gun
Has Peter Criss been drawn and quartered for conjuring "Beth" yet?
29 posted on 04/20/2003 12:48:12 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: ArneFufkin
And that would be . . . who?
30 posted on 04/20/2003 12:51:23 PM PDT by LS
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To: CARepubGal
I know the song 'Rock and Roll all night' frontwards and backwards, they were HUGE !
31 posted on 04/20/2003 12:51:24 PM PDT by John Lenin (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,)
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To: LS
Let's just lay the righteous truth out ... bass players always pack the shock and awe payload.
32 posted on 04/20/2003 12:55:01 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: John Lenin
>> America is not interested in ruling your country. If you think it does, smoking crack may be your answer. <<

ROTFL!! Good one!!

>> if you have a problem with America, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME <<

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I always liked KISS when I was younger. Still do.

Great article.
33 posted on 04/20/2003 1:00:17 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.)
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To: John Lenin

34 posted on 04/20/2003 1:03:14 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Senator Pardek
That picture was taken right before they were slaughtered in patriotic valor by the Starland Vocal Band.
35 posted on 04/20/2003 1:08:04 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Maceman
Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

Those torture rooms with the hooks and cables could tell Ms. Clift a lot about the neat things Saddam could do with water and electricity, too. But never mind about that, right, Eleanor? God I hate her.

36 posted on 04/20/2003 1:11:35 PM PDT by Anamensis (New axis of evil: Syria, Iran, Hollywood)
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To: appalachian_dweller
Just my opinion but ... if you want to hear the best Rock N Roll band of the late 70s, get "Live and Dangerous" by Thin Lizzy. They were the best slobberknockin' rockers of that time. KISS couldn't compete with that crew.
37 posted on 04/20/2003 1:12:50 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: beckett
Funny how every hippie broad you see with, "Make love, not war" on her stinking sweat shirt, somehow seems to inspire an almost irristable preference to make war instead.
38 posted on 04/20/2003 1:13:20 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Booze has it's place, and I don't wanta live any other place.)
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To: ArneFufkin
Sleeping with Cher makes a man contrite.

If silicon were explosive, she'd be a MOAB in false eyelashes.

39 posted on 04/20/2003 1:13:24 PM PDT by Anamensis (New axis of evil: Syria, Iran, Hollywood)
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To: LS
Would that be Sir Paul?
40 posted on 04/20/2003 1:18:18 PM PDT by D2
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To: Anamensis
I'm guessing that the Cher-Gregg Allman union was undoubtedly strife free and just a daily joy and blessing.
41 posted on 04/20/2003 1:20:12 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: John Lenin
KISS BUMP!
42 posted on 04/20/2003 1:22:03 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Frogs are for gigging)
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To: Maigret
Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

And Eleanor could care less that he used that electricity and water to torture people, if it was left to Eleanor any of her favorite dictators could continue to imprison children and she'd find good things to say about them.

Big Bump!

43 posted on 04/20/2003 1:26:28 PM PDT by A2J (Daschle is a poo-poo head.)
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To: Maceman
Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

And I'll bet she forgot to add that the trains ran on time, too!

44 posted on 04/20/2003 1:27:48 PM PDT by sourcery (The Oracle on Mount Doom)
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To: Maceman
"Eleanor Clift has been heard to aargue in recent days that: "at least under Saddam Hussein they had water and electriity."

That blathering b*tch is one who will NEVER get it!

45 posted on 04/20/2003 1:29:03 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your your mouth and remove all doubt.")
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To: John Lenin
WOW...not bad for the "Man with the Worlds Longest Tongue"...
46 posted on 04/20/2003 1:36:35 PM PDT by MichaelDammit
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To: sweetliberty
The pundit biz is an incestual contrivance beyond all explanation.

They just keep getting paid.

47 posted on 04/20/2003 1:36:49 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Maigret
Go to hElleanor! Of course Saddam kept the Electricity and water on-how else could he entertain his ecstatic victems with genital jolts, while they enjoyed the ancient art of Chinese water torture. Try it Hellenor. You won't like it-but you deserve it.
48 posted on 04/20/2003 1:56:14 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If justice prevails, liberals will spend eternity in one of the hells they call Heaven.)
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To: F.J. Mitchell
Peter Arnett and Robert Fisk needed hot water when giving each other sponge baths each night.
49 posted on 04/20/2003 2:05:20 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: ArneFufkin
Twerent really hot, but the yellow water they both preferred to bathe in, left the tap relatively warm. Depending of course upon Saddam's temperature at the time.
50 posted on 04/20/2003 2:12:40 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Regardless of how thirsty you may be-never eat the yellow snow)
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