American Rewind: ‘The Duke’ talks liberalism circa 1975

September 26, 2012
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The year was 1975 and America was just beginning to recover from one of the most tumultuous times of her history.

It was a time of televised images of Hueys evacuating American personnel and Vietnam refugees from a rooftop in Saigon, a time that just months earlier had witnessed a sitting President resign in disgrace, and a time that saw a little known peanut farmer open his Presidential campaign headquarters in his home town of Plains, Georgia.

It was a time of unrest and protests, uncertainty and fear, and a future not clear.It was during that time, that one Marion Robert Morrison, aka Marion Mitchell Morrison, aka John Wayne, aka “The Duke” granted an interview to film critic Tony Macklin.

The audio clip is a collection of outtakes from the entire 80 minute Tony Macklin interview that can be heard in its entirety on TonyMacklin.net. (I urge any and all to make available in your own lives the 80 minutes to do so. It is one of the best “who we are as told by those who were there” as you’re going to get.)

The “info” section on the YouTube clip (Uploaded by guyjohn59 on Sep 5, 2010) used for this American Rewind segment quotes Wayne:

“I’m quite sure that the concept of a Government run reservation…seems to be what the socialists are working for now…to have everyone cared for from cradle to grave….But you can’t whine and bellyache, cause somebody else got a break and you didn’t, like those Indians are. We’ll all be on a reservation soon if the socialists keep subsidizing groups like them with our tax money.” – John Wayne (The “Indians” Wayne refers to were members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) active in many 70’s protests, most notably the armed standoff with federal authorities at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1973.)

You hear anything familiar in today’s Presidential campaign? Is not one Barack Hussein Obama actively fomenting the masses into “whining and bellyaching” because they didn’t get the “break” that someone else did?Is not the foundation of the entire Democrat party platform one of subsidizing one group after another all marching in unison to their taxpayer subsidized socialist utopia?While I strongly encourage you to listen to the clip, (there is nothing quite like hearing the Duke in his own words) I include below a transcript with a little Corner common sense mixed in.

You know it’s a funny thing the Indians now, this AIM group has started something that now they’re against me for some reason. But I am the only man in pictures that always gives them their human dignity, I never was in a picture, I never allowed myself at any time to do anything that would take their human dignity away from them, and that to me is the most important thing in a man’s life…. 

Treating people with human dignity, imagine that.Too bad All, Jesse and the rest of the MSNBC gang haven’t heard of the concept. Imagine how different the plight of minorities in this country today if instead of being pandered to as victims for 40 years they’d have been shown some basic human dignity and allowed to rise on their own.And before you libs scream “racist”, there is nothing remotely “dignified” about the hundreds of murders on the streets of Chicago right now, the decimation of the black family unit by the gangsta, screw the man, culture of destruction. Over 70% of black newborns now to a single mother, completely disproportionate crime rates, leaders who continue to preach dependence and government rather than self-worth and freedom? Hispanics looked at as but one homogenized illegal amnesty voting bloc? Single women too stupid to manage their own birth control?

………..I have found that a certain type that calls himself a liberal, and I always thought I was a liberal …I came up terribly surprised one time when I found out I was a right wing conservative extremist? …I have listened to everybody’s point of view that I ever met and then decide how I should feel, I mean….But these, this so called new liberal group, Jesus, they never , they never listen to your point of view, and they make a decision as to what you think, and uh they’re articulate enough and in control of enough of the press, to force that image out for the average person. For some reason, maybe it’s these pictures, they have not been able to do that with me. In spite of what they say. people have not taken sides that I’m ah, you know..uh, it hasn’t affected my career in a, in popularity let’s say. In spite of the fact that they’ve tried to make it do it…” 

If the above quote does not perfectly describe the ……..put upon America these past 40 years I don’t know what does.

There isn’t a helluva a lot that we can do to change human behavior. We keep making laws to try and change human behavior, you can’t do it. I think you can accept it and….and feel how you would feel in that position. 

I ask now all you liberals lurking about:   reflect for just a moment on all the laws passed in the last four decades, all the trillions of dollars spent, the mandates, the regulations, the “anti-this act” the “pro-that amendment”, and then please explain to the rest of us who still use our brains, just how in the hell has any of actually changed behavior or made America better?Poverty up, Energy costs up, Unemployment up, Incomes down, Food costs up, American respect abroad down. Bureaucratic, governmental social-engineering has always been and always will be an abject failure. It is only liberals who “fail” to see it.

You’re being conned into Keynesianism and socialism now…but it isn’t going to stop the selfishness of human behavior, it isn’t going to stop the greed. If you give, ….take $20 dollars and give a dollar to every son of a bitch in the room, and come back a year later, one of the bastards will have most of the money…….I mean it’s just human nature and you’re not gonna , you’re not gonna whip it with a lot of laws, 

Sorry Barry, Valerie, Michelle, Debbie, Nancy, Harry, Chuck, Dick, Maxine, Charlie, et al, you can “re-distribute” it all and yet unless you freeze time you will never stop the “greedy bastard” from winding up with more. Outcomes simply cannot be mandated equal.

..I think when you make people conscious, as communication gets better and you make people conscious of somebody in trouble, starving or something like that, the average person will help. But of course now it gets so …damn many charities and there’s, so much professionalism… you know there’s., if you had a charity you hire some professionals to work up the charity and by the time you get the money you get $4 dollars for the recipient and $400 dollars for the administrators, so I mean Christ… 

Perhaps the greatest damage we have done to ourselves as a country is outsourcing our charity and morality to the federal government and its army of professional bureaucrats.

I think there are people who are…try to affect a thinking to where they know more than some other son-of-a-bitch and try to, and try to put a false impression on what human nature is. Christ’s sakes we have proven that we go back to hope at the first opportunity, just throw out a little fish and BAM they’re out there ready to grab it. So we are optimistic, we have to be optimistic, Christ what else would there be in life if, if uh,…if you lose optimism.

Obama’s “hope and change” may be the epitome of “optimism” to some but the rest of us we see it for what it is: just one more left wing “son-of-a-bitch” thinking he knows more than us and doing his best to get the rest to believe his false impressions.If America is ever to regain her greatness, her stature as Reagan’s “shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere”, then Obama and his allies must not prevail.The true way “forward” is not the socialist “progressive path” of the past 40 years, but returning to that thoroughfare of ideas built upon the roadbed of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic freedom.A closing note for you Obama minions:Yes, you can ignore Wayne’s comments as but out-dated observations of a bigoted, racist, insensitive relic of a time long past.You can even pat yourself on the back for not being one of us “reactionary conservatives” and declare proudly your “progressive” ideals.But you would be fooling yourself.For you cannot ignore the fact that whatever you think of Wayne, the only thing your wonderful “progress” has actually produced is a dumbed-down nation drowning in debt.Obama 2012: Kick him out or Kiss it goodbye.Coming soon: The very small, but ever so destructive, hyphen.

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2 Responses to American Rewind: ‘The Duke’ talks liberalism circa 1975

  1. A Nonny Moose on September 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Pfft! Why does that matter? Obama buyed me a phone! If you is disabled or has no income you just go down to the social security an’ sign up! Hear dat? Obama gived me a phone! What Mitt gonna give me? You spect me to vote for him? He sucks! He sucks bad! SEIU told me so! (Okay, I made that part up… Like anyone would ever admit that about SEIU, only to have their tires slashed) Obama gived me a phone! (H/t Drudge) And 10/1 says the woman in that video makes more than Postal Pension Boy over yonder, all off our tax dollars (what idiot libs call “government money). Then again, she’s smarter and ever so much more articulate… (No link. Let the mouth breathers find it for themselves)

    • Geoff Caldwell on September 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Man did I need this, this morning, THANKS! I saw the Ophone gal and nthought of dwainbwain as well. No common sense, no accepting personal nresponsibility, live off others work not yours, who cares of the consequences as long as “got mine” and sticking it to those “evil” rich.nI see the Postal Service missed another $5 billion deadline. Guess that n”evil” Congress who mandated the pre-payments to keep the taxpayer off nthe hook for the lazy asses weren’t so dumb after all. nUnfortunately though by the way it looks USPS will NEVER reform and collapse is inevitable. Leaving early retirees no choice but to “demand” the taxpayer bail them out so they can continue to live off others and nspread hate across the internet.nToo bad the Duke isn’t still around, I think he’d appreciate D.B.’s address right about now! lol

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