With common-everyday Democrats all across the country taking to the streets, burning American flags, and calling for the deaths of Republican officials, candidates, and voters, it is instructive to go back a few decades to see what stars of the past said of this sort of behavior.
Two major stars, one in country music, another a star of the silver screen, looked down on the sort of behavior that is becoming totally normal for the Democrat Party.
Country star Johnny Cash, for instance, said he was 100 percent against flag burning, something that is coming natural to Democrats today.
In fact, in 1975, Cash insisted that he thought there should be a law against flag burning:
Johnny Cash was no groveling right-winger in his day, either. But if even he was against flag burners, how would he take these Antifa thugs that now serve as the shock troops for the Democrat Party?
The year before Cash talked of his distaste for flag burners, Hollywood legend John Wayne also slammed liberals for their anti-American garbage.
In 1974 the legendary actor gives some very straightforward comments that can very easily be applied to today’s leftists. Of course what he had to say all those years ago would be considered very politically incorrect today… but, on the other hand, right on target.
In the interview, Wayne’s comments totally destroy liberals, feminists, white guilt, and even Black Lives Matter.
The comments are so good that many conservatives have been surprised that Youtube hasn’t deleted the video. And that is a real worry seeing as how the left-wing tech giants like Google, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and others have been doing their level best to destroy the free speech of conservative Internet users.
Project Veritas President James O’Keefe, for instance, recently said, “Although Twitter presents itself as politically neutral, its culture behind closed doors is one of blatant censorship, systematic bias, and political targeting.”
In any case, as Epoch Times notes, in the Wayne video, a narrator introduces John Wayne saying that the actor’s “patriotism has never wavered, but today he’s a little disillusioned with modern America.”
“We are being represented by men who are kowtowing to minorities so they can get votes,” Wayne says in the interview. “And I think it’s bad for our country, and I’m sad to see minorities make so much of themselves as a hyphenated American now.
“I wish they’d all get to thinking that they’re Americans, as they should, and as they’ve luckily been born here and couldn’t be better off in any other place—there shouldn’t be so much whining and bellyaching.”
The Conservative Tribune says Wayne’s response would be highly relevant today, given the explosion of identity politics.
The interviewer then asks “in the 1960s and 70s there was a period of considerable change—civil rights for blacks, equal rights for women—has this made America a better place?”
“I think opening doors and tipping your hat to ladies is probably a thing of the past today. The forerunners of the women’s liberation of today have taken that feeling away from the average American man,” Wayne responded.
Responding to a question about the extension of certain rights minorities hadn’t always enjoyed in the United States, Wayne said, “I guess that they’ve had a pretty tough break, but not quite as bad as you and your do-gooder friends would have them believe. They live as well here as they live in any other country over that 199 years [prior to receiving equal rights].”
“I think they do have a right to more rights, but it isn’t a thing where the rest of the country should feel terribly guilty about anything because they’ve had a better life here, and their fathers and mothers, than they would’ve had anyplace else.”
While the Conservative Tribune acknowledges the highly contentious nature of Wayne’s suggestion that minorities were better off in America than anywhere else, even during the period of slavery, the outlet defends his words, saying that “with all things considered, most other developed nations at the time had similar issues, while life in the undeveloped world was arguably worse.”
“And I want to see them have everything,” Wayne said. “I want—I don’t squawk and crybaby and say, ‘Gee, I had to go without meals when I was 16 and 17 years old, it’s a terrible thing.’ I don’t think you should look back and whine and bellyache or try to hold somebody else guilty for everything you did.”
Sounds about right, doesn’t it?
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