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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.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
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.
You got it just right, Pilgrim! :-)
Does pretty much speak for itself.
I miss the Duke!
Bump for a Sunday read.
We ALL miss the Duke. (Take your hat off and place it over your heart when you say that name)
I just knew this was posted by you when I saw the title. Great find.
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
posted on 09/19/2001 5:52:27 AM PDT
John Wayne - American.
We sorely miss him.
posted on 09/19/2001 6:02:05 AM PDT
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.
posted on 09/19/2001 6:13:37 AM PDT
Heh heh, I am predictable, am I? ;-)
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
posted on 09/30/2001 4:08:13 AM PDT
posted on 09/30/2001 4:28:07 AM PDT
Bump - For the Duke!
JOHN WAYNE BUMP, PILGRIM!
To: Inspector Harry Callahan
posted on 08/26/2002 4:51:21 PM PDT
Hi Dio. Beautiful poem, eh?
America isn't the same without the Duke around. :(
To: Inspector Harry Callahan
Yes and FR isn't the same without Harry around. :^(
posted on 08/26/2002 5:44:14 PM PDT
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.
Big John Records
PS: It is highly unlikely that John Wayne recited this poem to the 1964 RNC, since it was not written until 1969.
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