First published on May 3, 2016.
Our politically correct culture is now so unforgiving, if a person who lived a thousand years ago, with one exception, does not live up to modern sensibilities, they must be completely destroyed. We live in an unforgiving world, were the little Snowflakes who can’t handle being offended, have begun to change who and what is acceptable. Case in point, in California, John Wayne Day was vetoed because the man was not perfect. If it isn’t bad enough to be forced to watch the statues and memorials to Confederate soldiers being destroyed, now John Wayne, who is iconic as in John Wayne, Apple Pie, & Baseball, is now evil.
Malcolm Jones, writing in The Daily Beast, has an article about Rudyard Kipling, who has also been damned as a racist. I don’t know about you, but Kipling never went out of vogue with me. His poem, If, is one of the mantras of my life. I think it is one of the greatest poems ever written.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
By damning people like Kipling, the idiots have turned their back on the wisdom of the ages. What is truly disgusting is that the same liberal geniuses who damn people like John Wayne, condemning him for being a horribly evil racist, have no problem with the barbarism of Mohammad. The barbarism of Islam must be pandered too, so much, that, in order for liberals to appease them they are now damning the Jews. Case in point is what is going on in Europe.
“...In his long career, Mr Corbyn has shared a platform with – among many other such – Sheikh Raed Saleh, who (elsewhere) repeated the “blood libel” against the Jews, and called them “monkeys” and “bacteria”; with representatives of the British Muslim Initiative, which plays the anti-Semitic card of comparing Jews with Nazis with its “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza” placards; and with what he calls his “friends” from Hamas. Hamas’ Charter refers to “the Jews’ Nazism” and quotes approvingly the saying of the Prophet that when Jews hide from Moslems behind stones and trees, “The stones and trees will say: ‘O Moslems…, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him’….It is in this context that one must place Ken Livingstone and his Zionists = Hitler outburst and Naz Shah’s suggestion (which Mr Livingstone was excusing) that the entire population of Israel should be deported to the United States….”
In this country, contrary to the complaints of rabid Islamophobia and racism, the vast majority of hate crimes are not committed against Muslims or people of color. The vast majority of hate crimes are committed against Jews. Fact is, they are committed by the very groups liberals like to protect. But – liberals must have their way, rewrite history, and try and damn Western Civilization as racist and evil. I guess I just love the ignorance of the left.
According to politically correct culture, there is something inherently evil about people like John Wayne and what they represent. No, they did not look at the world and at race the way we do today. They were products of their age and culture. I don’t dare even repeat things I heard men of his generation state. No, they weren’t racist. They weren’t haters. They were raised in a different time with different sensibilities. Yet – like so many men of his generation, there was something inherently fair and while some might look at it as racism, they weren’t racist. They were expressing the opinion of their age. None of them opposed desegregation. You never saw any of them embracing hate. They fought to prevent the hatred of the Nazis and what they did with the Holocaust. Ironically those on the left, the ones who are damning people like John Wayne as racists are the very same individuals who have no problem pandering to the hatred of Islam.
I’m sorry, but I’m just not putting up with this stuff any longer. Frankly, I can’t think of any group of individuals as racist and bigoted as the young people who are damning the rest of us as bigots.
Why I Love America
John Mitchum, 1973
(Poem recited by John Wayne)
You ask me Why I Love Her?
Well, give me time. I’ll explain.
Have you seen 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 Plymouth’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 seen 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.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of not being allowed to love my country, and to express that love. There is nothing evil about wanting to put our nation first, or looking out for number one. If we were dealing with the psychology of individuals, anyone who isn’t willing to put themselves first, or look after themselves before others is considered to be suffering from a psychological problems. Instead, we are told there is something wrong with people who think that we should think of our country before others. Sorry, but those who think we should not are the ones who have the problem.