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  • REGIME IN POLAND WINS RECOGNITION OF U.S. AND BRITAIN (7/6/45)

    07/06/2015 12:21:40 PM PDT · 17 of 21
    Bill Russell to Homer_J_Simpson

    Thanks for posting a great piece of history!
    V/R

    Bill

  • The Nazis against the church

    06/27/2015 1:14:26 AM PDT · 6 of 9
    Bill Russell to ealgeone

    Keep in mind that during this exact period, there was a civil war in Spain, in which over 6000 Catholic clergy were murdered by the Republican (communist) government. This included priests, nuns, brothers, and 16 of 18 bishops.

    Of course, that war has been falsely cast as a war between the popular “democratic” Republicans and evil Fascists led by Franco, his generals, and the Catholic Church — with the full support of Nazi Germany. (just take a glance at the Wikipedia “history” of that war)

    To understand the history of what was going on with the Church and many of the totalitarian regimes in Europe at the time, I highly recommend William Carroll’s book on the Spanish Civil War, The Last Crusade.

  • How The GOP Could Win Pennsylvania

    06/17/2015 10:25:59 PM PDT · 18 of 18
    Bill Russell to 2ndDivisionVet

    Interesting analysis. But the author seems to place too much emphasis on the national Republican Party. There is a reason why western PA did not go from union Blue to Reagan Red (in party affiliation)along with many areas of the country back in 1984, and is still very slow on the uptake. The reason is the corruption of the PA GOP. Here’s my take on it from 2010:

    Crash Course: Pennsylvania Political Corruption 101; The Legacy of Murtha & Gleason
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2626696/posts

    ***Robert Gleason pulled out of the running for the RNC Chairmanship @ 15 hours after the article was posted on Free Republic.

  • Genosuicide and its causes

    06/14/2015 11:09:31 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    Bill Russell to 2ndDivisionVet

    I was really struck by something from the article in its discussion on the propensity for self destructive warfare of all societies which meet this criteria:

    “We are only in the first phases of a great Sunni-Shi’ite war in the Middle East, but it seems likely to produce similar results. The bulge in military-age population occasioned by the high fertility rates of twenty years ago has produced an enormous number of young men with little hope of employment or marriage who learn daily that they do not matter. As ISIS terrorists they can claim to matter, and will continue to sacrifice their lives with abandon.”

    Given the results of China’s one child policy, which skewed its male-female population numbers by @ 30% and its introduction of robots, further replacing large swaths of the manufacturing work force, what is the future for China as a society?

  • Climate Change: Where is the Science?

    06/11/2015 12:58:22 PM PDT · 10 of 17
    Bill Russell to rktman

    rktman, I am guessing you are either a rocket scientist or tennis player. Based on the questions you proposed, I am leaning towards the former ;).

    Good questions, all. I like to use the Coleman presentation because he carries so much credibility.

    V/R

    Bill

  • Climate Change: Where is the Science?

    06/11/2015 9:46:33 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    Bill Russell to rktman

    When it comes to totally destroying the “science” behind climate change by using climate science, this is my favorite presentation by John Coleman, Founder of the Weather Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xubH0EaWH0U&feature=related

  • Researchers May Have Solved 'Missing Link' Mystery in Origin of Life

    06/09/2015 1:50:50 PM PDT · 68 of 97
    Bill Russell to SeekAndFind

    Sorry for my late weigh-in. But my vanity motivated two cents from a while back: God’s Sudoku http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2964965/posts

  • Bee-pocalypse Now? Nope. [Private beekeepers have solved colony collapse disorder]

    06/06/2015 10:56:46 AM PDT · 72 of 83
    Bill Russell to 1010RD

    Ref: “When does a workaround become the real deal?”

    I don’t know. Nature has a habit of figuring it out most of the time. A couple of real workarounds I have seen with my own eyes are the numbers of Bald Eagles and Whooping Cranes I have seen in my back yard. The numbers are a long way from the endangered list numbers we saw back in the late 60’s to early 70’s.

  • Bee-pocalypse Now? Nope. [Private beekeepers have solved colony collapse disorder]

    06/06/2015 4:05:34 AM PDT · 12 of 83
    Bill Russell to BuffaloJack

    The article is talking only about commercial hives and bee growers. It does not take into account the number of natural hives that grow wherever bees choose to live....There could still be an increase in the number of farmed bees while wild bees are declining. — However, they will probably recover with time as nature has a way of producing its own workarounds.

  • Walker would sign abortion bill with no rape, incest exception

    06/04/2015 7:00:34 PM PDT · 13 of 16
    Bill Russell to Captain Peter Blood

    Ref “I am pro-life but I find this Illogical.
    I don’t see how anyone could possibly want to force any woman that has been subjected to rape or a incestuous relationship/rape to have that baby. “

    The biggest problem for the rape & incest exception to pro-life laws is it allows an abusive rapist (be it a pimp or sexually abusing family member)to cover up and continue their crimes by forcing the woman to have an abortion. If you look at the undercover work of Lila Rose, she clearly demonstrates how abortion clinics repeatedly ignore the warning flags of such cases. For example, Lila or one of her operatives frequently posed as a young teen (13-15) with a thirty year old boyfriend. None of the clinic staff batted an eye or suggested any authorities should be contacted when it was made clear the 30 year old was the father. The abortion industry is the greatest accessory to the sexual abuse of young girls in America.

    Also, as far as logic goes for the baby: How could anyone argue that imposing the death penalty, without due process nor trial, on the most innocent victim of the crime is in anyway the answer to a terrible situation?

  • To the memory of Free Republic’s “Kenny Bunk.”

    05/31/2015 9:15:29 AM PDT · 3 of 137
    Bill Russell to golux

    RIP Big Frank. Prayers Up!

  • Taiwan’s Remarkable Transition: The Country China Could Become

    05/30/2015 8:06:11 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Bill Russell to SeekAndFind

    I have very fond memories or our family life in Taichung when I was growing up. We lived there from 1971 to 1973 (age 9 to 11) when my Dad was stationed at CCK while flying C-130s in and out of Vietnam.

    One of the things I will always remember about Taiwan was how every mountain was hollow (they all had bunkers drilled into them). While China continuously pressures the world and Taiwan to fall under China’s “One China” policy, I seriously doubt China could ever conquer Taiwan by force. (Treachery, perhaps. But never straight up invasion.)

  • The History Of The Knights of Columbus In World War I

    05/25/2015 4:28:42 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    Bill Russell to Coleus

    Thanks for posting. I look forward to reading the follow-on histories.

    V/R

    Bill
    4th Degree K of C

  • POLAND: Conservative Andrzej Duda wins presidential election.

    05/25/2015 4:20:33 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    Bill Russell to Matt_DZ_PL

    I believe Matt is 100% correct. It will not be long before we start hearing these stories about Poland. I expect a renewal or follow-on to Jan Grosz’s book “Neighbors.” I also expect a full onslaught of antisemitism & Nazism charges against the Poles to undercut popular support for them in the US and Western Europe as their stand off against post-Soviet domination continues....For a small sample of what I am talking about: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3211750/posts.

  • Remaining female candidates must restart Ranger training after missing mark in 1st phase

    05/09/2015 3:28:27 PM PDT · 57 of 60
    Bill Russell to hadaclueonce

    No worries...... we all want the best combat readiness for all our Soldiers. I don’t mind women attending the course so much as I do not want the standards to be lowered for anyone... even those who have failed the course would not want the standards lowered. In the end, combat effectiveness of those units which are on the pointy end of the spear need to have that “brotherhood” which makes effective in their mission to close with and destroy the enemy. Introducing women (or open and active homosexuals) into those units disrupts the brotherhood and makes the units less effective. This is not to detract from those courageous women who have shown bravery under fire and have made great sacrifices. Rather, it is an observation of our American warrior culture and the team building it requires. V/R Bill

  • Remaining female candidates must restart Ranger training after missing mark in 1st phase

    05/08/2015 7:53:24 PM PDT · 23 of 60
    Bill Russell to hadaclueonce

    Ranger School is no walk in the park (well, actually it is a verrry long walk in at least one national park). The combination of little food and sleep deprivation pushes everyone to the edge, turns your mind to mush, and makes you incredibly prone to injuries and illness. I can certainly say that I hit a wall in city week/Darby phase and came dangerously close to getting recycled.

    Lots of Rangers get recycled for injuries, failed patrols, pneumonia, and cellulitus. I knew several guys who were recycled at least two times, and remember the Ranger NCOIC of Darby when I was there, MSG Black, who spent @ six months in Ranger School because he had been recycled in multiple phases of the course for injuries & illnesses.

    There is no dis-honor in failing to graduate Ranger School, and do-overs are certainly not easy for anyone — and they don’t give you the tab for failing.

    V/R Bill (Ranger Class 10-87)

  • Making sense of nun-sensical, controversial headlines (Catholic Caucus)

    04/17/2015 6:15:51 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    Bill Russell to NYer

    A friend of mine shared an observation to me, and my own experience seems to confirm it: the liberal/progressive orders of nuns who do not wear habits are quickly dying out. They are not getting new recruits. The young women who are entering Religious life and taking vows are going to the old school orders who wear habits and are far more interested in serving God and their fellow humans than being political activists. I have been impressed by the number of young (and attractive) women whom I have met who were serving as Novices or who had just completed their formal vows in recent years wearing the Habits the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

  • Making sense of nun-sensical, controversial headlines (Catholic Caucus)

    04/17/2015 6:13:24 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Bill Russell to NYer

    A friend of mine shared an observation to me, and my own experience seems to confirm it: the liberal/progressive orders of nuns who do not wear habits are quickly dying out. They are not are not getting new recruits. The young women who are entering Religious life and taking vows are going to the old school orders who wear habits and more and are far more interested in serving God and their fellow humans than being political activists. I have been impressed by the number of young (and attractive) women whom I have met who were serving as Novices or who had just completed their formal vows in recent years wearing the Habits the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

  • Prayer Request

    04/13/2015 7:35:51 PM PDT · 44 of 90
    Bill Russell to Conservative4Life

    On the way!

  • Vanity - Retired Today

    04/13/2015 8:12:39 AM PDT · 51 of 51
    Bill Russell to AbnSarge

    Hooah!

  • Vanity - Retired Today

    04/12/2015 7:45:38 PM PDT · 34 of 51
    Bill Russell to AbnSarge

    Congratulations on your retirement & Thank You for your and your family’s service.

    So, now that you are finished with the fun stuff, what do you want to be when you grow up?

    V/R

    Bill

  • Ruger VS Smith and Wesson

    04/03/2015 3:47:43 PM PDT · 41 of 157
    Bill Russell to big truck

    Just a theory; but if you get shot or clubbed with either, it is going to hurt a lot.

  • Debbie Wasserman Decides Not To Run For Senate.Guess She Was Afraid Of Allen West?

    04/01/2015 3:17:57 AM PDT · 35 of 39
    Bill Russell to Windflier

    That would be a great appointment.

  • Debbie Wasserman Decides Not To Run For Senate.Guess She Was Afraid Of Allen West?

    03/31/2015 4:22:28 PM PDT · 12 of 39
    Bill Russell to Cruz_West_Paul2016

    My two cents:

    West moved to Texas, so he is out.

    While Wasserman-Schultz may have a firm lock with her Miami district, I don’t think she enjoys much of a following in the rest of the state and her polls probably told her that.

    The big question is whether Alan Grayson will run. He plays real dirty.... just look at what he is doing to his soon to be ex-wife.

    Finally, although Rubio is going to throw his hat in the ring for President, he will probably will not win and is just there to get his name in the circuit for a future run... He is still in his early 40’s so he has plenty of time to get seasoned. He will be tough to beat for his Senate seat.

  • Prayer Request for Baby

    03/30/2015 7:32:12 PM PDT · 23 of 65
    Bill Russell to Maudeen

    Prayers Up!

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/25/2015 6:28:40 AM PDT · 104 of 105
    Bill Russell to mom of young patriots

    Thanks for posting Mom,

    Ref: “Unless this next election changes our course and I will pray that it does, we are all going to have to either face the reality of what needs to be done or accept our nation’s extinction.”

    I fear the capitulation on amnesty has changed the balance forever. Even if a real and very articulate conservative gets elected, it will be nearly impossible to reverse the long term engineered change in demographics wrought by illegal immigration.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/25/2015 6:16:06 AM PDT · 103 of 105
    Bill Russell to nathanbedford

    I agree with you Nathanbedford. This discussion is all about the preservation of Liberty and peace. The reason I wrote the book, is to at least put one course of action on the table which could provide for a peaceful transition to a more lawful and balanced governance while preserving our founding principles.

    The Article V convention is the Constitutional solution. But I see it as a safety valve which has been clogged. I believe it will be muddled by the same legislative processes and judicial fiats (say individual court rulings against individual legislature approvals in a particular state).

    Thank you again for weighing in.

    V/R

    Bill

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 8:24:14 AM PDT · 91 of 105
    Bill Russell to Georgia Girl 2

    You may well have identified the most likely course of action..

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:50:44 AM PDT · 86 of 105
    Bill Russell to central_va

    Ref:”State by state secession is the only way to go. The state legislatures have an obligation to nullify the Federal govt when they over step their bounds,even to the point of secession. If it means war so be it.

    Look at the map it is South mid west vs east - west. Your plan has too many moving parts. Sorry you can’t pussy foot your way out of the Suicide Pact that the USA has become.”

    The book allows for state by state secession and entry into the Representative Republic. However, it remains imperative that individual counties have the option to secede, join with other counties from the same state and enter the Representative Republic under the new state leadership. This is critical for states like Virginia where the electoral and state wide politics are dominated by the NE corner vic Alexandria and Charlottesville. In essence, your arguments for this option to be available only to States as a whole would eliminate Central VA, which guessing by your moniker, is not something you should like.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:43:11 AM PDT · 85 of 105
    Bill Russell to central_va

    Ref:”I will not buy your book. But we are sort of on the same side.”

    You don’t have to buy: the book is also available for Kindle monthly subscribers... you can read it free of additional charges just like watching a streaming movie on Netflix.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:39:24 AM PDT · 82 of 105
    Bill Russell to 2001convSVT

    Ref:”After Secession just don’t give up any nuclear arms, we can all see how that worked out for the Ukraine. Louisiana’ Barksdale A.F. base is loaded with them.”

    This is addressed in ARTICLE VIII Transition. (Chapter III) of the book.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · 80 of 105
    Bill Russell to Rapscallion

    ref: “Nutty idea. It led to a civil war last time. A few died as I recall.

    I do not believe it will be allowed this time either.”

    I believe we are headed for a tyranny of the mob if we continue our present course. There will be conflict, it is more of a question of choosing the engagement and the engagement area verses having it chosen for us.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:31:33 AM PDT · 79 of 105
    Bill Russell to DoodleDawg

    Ref”I would like to see good relations between the two countries, and see no reason why thoseshouldn’t exist. But I have no desire for a formal treaty with the South. Living in flyover country my entire life, and having been dominated by and condescended to by New York and Washington and California for a century or more, I have no desire to trade that for condescension or domination by Dallas.”

    Ben Franklin said it best in that it is far better that we should all hand together, for surely we shall all hang separately.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:25:07 AM PDT · 77 of 105
    Bill Russell to nathanbedford

    ref:”The downside for failed attempts to secede are far more dangerous because they include a tendency to slide into violence, vigilantism, terrorism, militias, Civil War and all of the horrors incurred in Bleeding Kansas. There are good reasons why Robert E Lee, one of the sublimest of all Americans, declined to condone continuing the struggle after Appomattox by way of a guerrilla war. He knew about Bleeding Kansas.”

    One of the things I worked so hard on in writing this book was to provide a structure to maintain civil law and order; to allow the issues to be settled with ballot boxes and not cartridge boxes. Which is why the county civil structure is so important. I have been to Sarajevo and seen the after effects of failed regimes in the Middle East — and like so many of the other FREEPERS, I would gladly give my life if it can be avoided here. As it is, no matter which course we choose, there will be bleeding cities just like Ferguson. The plan I offer, will hopefully keep the mainstream area free of mob insanities.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 7:10:10 AM PDT · 74 of 105
    Bill Russell to DoodleDawg

    Ref: “If secession comes I don’t see it partitioning the country in two. I think three countries, maybe four, is far more likely.....”

    I hope the template I have provided in the book will help avoid such a calamity. The template provides for all seceding cities, counties,and states to join in a common union of the Representative Republic of the United States. Essentially “resetting” or “rebooting” our Republic to the original intent of the Founding Fathers. One of the keys to ensuring a longer endurance of these principles is the elimination of low-information and lazy voters from the voting roles. This is done by requiring two years of active service in the militia (Federal, state, or local military,law enforcement, emergency or public health services at any age or stage of health) and a public oath to support and defend the Constitution before full enfranchisement.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:58:21 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    Bill Russell to exit82

    Exit82, You have captured many of the emotions I felt as I wrote this book and reply to many of the posts in this forum. Thank you for your kind comments.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:44:36 AM PDT · 70 of 105
    Bill Russell to teeman8r

    Ref:”Secession only gives them a reason to escalate with force; a sure way to lose support of moderates; will only end in tyrannical oppression of freedom loving people;”

    The question is not whether an escalation of force will come from the tyranny of the engineered majority voting themselves money from the Treasury. It is a question of when and what methods the people require them to employ.

    As you said: “Reform comes from standing toe to toe pointing out the flaws in their thinking and structure... We have no opposition party, just democrat lite.”

    A large portion of shoring up our strength is to have a credible plan —not idle threats to shore up the backbone of those Republicans who are not sure who they should fear.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:37:40 AM PDT · 67 of 105
    Bill Russell to wastoute

    Ref: “Ted Cruz is a last chance. If we can place him in the White House I think we can start to turn things around.”

    Hopefully so — It is just that I see so many of the insiders in the Party pulling back room deals to short cut the process.

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · 66 of 105
    Bill Russell to central_va

    Ref: “If Texas declares independence, I’m moving there

    Seems like half the Freepers would take up arms against Texas and the other half moving there.”

    Nah, that’s only when the Catholics and Calvinists start posting...

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:32:05 AM PDT · 65 of 105
    Bill Russell to nathanbedford

    Ref; “The problem will not be to stop left-wing amendments but to pass prudent conservative amendments which restore the Constitution by invoking the Constitution.”

    Which is exactly why I do not believe an Article V Convention will be successful in turning back the tide of liberal advances.

    BTW: you do your namesake proud by weighing into the fray....”Furstest with the mostest!”

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:23:36 AM PDT · 61 of 105
    Bill Russell to central_va

    Ref: “State by state secession is the only way to go. The state legislatures have an obligation to nullify the Federal govt when they over step their bounds,even to the point of secession.”

    You are probably correct for states like Texas,Oklahoma, & Kansas. However, there are states like Illinois whose national and state wide politics are dominated by Chicago and Springfield. However, outside of those immediate areas, the rest of IL looks a lot more like Kansas and Indiana. Pennsylvania is the same way outside of the Philly and Pittsburgh areas. The same can be true for certain towns located in some large counties which may be dominated by a large liberal population in another town.

    This is why the book and proposed Constitution offers the county model as the baseline, but makes allowance for seceding States to remain in tact under their State Constitutions.

    This is why the model offered in the book allows for

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:14:41 AM PDT · 59 of 105
    Bill Russell to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

    Ref: “Let God do it. When He gets ready, all of the guns, military equipment, men and women who would crush your rebellion will themselves be swept away. The hand is now writing on the wall, but they can not see it.”

    Roger that! The best laid plans of mice and men....Like Abraham Lincoln said when asked if he thought God was on his side, he replied “I hope that I am on God’s side.”

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 6:10:36 AM PDT · 55 of 105
    Bill Russell to nathanbedford

    Ref “Secession is a futile dream which could become a nightmare......
    If succession succeeds it marks the beginning of a host of problems as each remnant is weaker and more vulnerable but if Article V produces real reform it marks the dawn of a better day.”

    It is a course fraught with danger. But it appears highly unlikely that continuing down the current path is any safer. Which is why it is imperative for the county civil structures under the protection of the sheriffs and their appointed posses with full respect to the law and order.

    Ref: “Article V is less of a long shot is much to be preferred.”
    I would argue the opposite as Hamilton did in (in referring to an additional convention to add the protections included in the Bill of Rights to the Constitution before ratification). As I pointed out in the book:

    “There is a current movement to produce Amendments to the Constitution through a Constitutional Convention requested by the legislatures of two thirds of the states. However, this process, which has never been successfully used, is subject to many of the same pitfalls, short cuts, lawsuits, and backroom deals which any other legislative move is subjected to. In Federalist Paper No. 85, Alexander Hamilton noted “the utter improbability of assembling a new convention under circumstances in any degree so favorable to a happy issue as those in which the late convention met, deliberated, and concluded.” While Hamilton stated this in discussing the argument of whether states should hold another convention to address changes before the original ratification of the Constitution, his observation continues to ring true with regard to a Convention of States.

    One only need to look at the current status of the call. Although 34 state legislatures have standing calls for a convention as of April 2014 , the Speaker of the house has yet to determine if this is sufficient to meet the Constitutional mandate for the Congress to convene a convention. Even if the Speaker calls a convention, there are groups such as Occupy Wall Street’s Wolf Pack which will attempt to high-jack the movements to preserve states’ rights through a balanced budget amendment with riders and amendments to limit the freedom of political speech for corporations.”

  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 3:37:05 AM PDT · 1 of 105
    Bill Russell
  • Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer Announce Engagement

    03/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · 49 of 141
    Bill Russell to HiTech RedNeck

    Oh, And I almost forgot: A huge “Congratulations!” to Bristol & Dakota. — Hope they are reading FR!

  • Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer Announce Engagement

    03/14/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · 40 of 141
    Bill Russell to HiTech RedNeck

    Ref: “and unless they kicked you out, you are never “former member.”

    A minor correction and a “Simper Fi” from an Army guy. Former Marines refer to themselves as “former Marines.” They never use the term “Ex” when referring to themselves. There are only two “Ex-Marines:” Lee Harvey Oswald and John Murtha.

  • Prayer Request

    03/12/2015 6:44:07 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    Bill Russell to abclily

    Prayers up: I pray that you will find it all, and more importantly, that you are not the hand-receipt holder.

  • Veteran Wraps Baby in American Flag, Photo Sparks Controversy

    03/12/2015 3:46:35 AM PDT · 15 of 70
    Bill Russell to MilesVeritatis

    I agree with those who see no real problem with it. While there is the “technical violation” of the flag rules, I like the symbolism of the photo. There is nothing disrespectful about it and promotes the idea that the child is born into, and protected by, the freedoms the flag represents.

  • The Shocking Truth About Blacklisted Hollywood Screenwriters

    03/11/2015 4:17:24 PM PDT · 21 of 25
    Bill Russell to Bill Russell

    I found the except: it was reprinted right here on FR:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1144646/posts

    Unforgettable John Wayne {by Ronald Reagan}
    http://www.jwplace.com/biography.html ^ | October 1979 | biography by Ronald Reagan

    Posted on 5/30/2004, 1:27:40 AM by ATOMIC_PUNK

    “I Sure As Hell Did!”

    In the 1940s, Duke was one of the few stars with the courage to expose the determined bid by a band of communists to take control of the film industry. Through a series of violent strikes and systematic blacklisting, these people were at times dangerously close to reaching their goal. With theatrical employee’s union leader Brewer, playwright Morrie and others, he formed the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals to challenge this insidious campaign. Subsequent Congressional investigations in I947 clearly proved both the communist plot and the importance of what Duke and his friends did.

    In that period, during my first term as president of the Actors’ Guild, I was confronted with an attempt by many of these same leftists to assume leadership of the union. At a mass meeting I watched rather helplessly as they filibustered, waiting for our majority to leave so they could gain control. Somewhere in the crowd I heard a call for adjournment, and I seized on this as a means to end the attempted takeover. But the other side demanded I identify the one who moved for adjournment.

    I looked over the audience, realizing that there were few willing to be publicly identified as opponents of the far left. Then I saw Duke and said, “Why I believe John Wayne made the motion.” I heard his strong voice reply, “I sure as hell did!” The meeting and the radicals’ campaign was over.

    Later, when such personalities as actor Larry Parks came forward to admit their Communist Party backgrounds, there were those who wanted to see them punished. Not Duke. “It takes courage to admit you’re wrong,” he said, and he publicly battled attempts to ostracize those who had come clean.

    Duke also had the last word over those who warned that his battle against communism in Hollywood would ruin his career. Many times he would proudly boast, “I was 32nd in the box-office polls when I accepted the presidency of the Alliance. When I left office eight years later, somehow the folks who buy tickets had made me number one.”

  • The Shocking Truth About Blacklisted Hollywood Screenwriters

    03/11/2015 4:07:38 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    Bill Russell to forgotten man

    Ronald Reagan wrote a tribute to John Wayne which was published in Reader’s Digest shortly after Wayne’s death in the late 1979-early 1980 time frame. In the article Reagan recalled how John Wayne had helped him block a communist takeover of the Screen Actors Guild when Reagan was the organization’s president..... It was a pretty interesting read. Both Wayne and Jimmy Stewart were real life heroes in that fight.