This condemnation of Americans dead and long gone has to stop. It is tearing at the roots of our country.
What started as an anti-Confederacy thing has deviated to those who came before and after.
People are free to dislike in this country. Constitutionally guaranteed. This condemning everything and everyone will eventually boomerang. Then what?
John Wayne is the most recent popular figure to be condemned. The hero of most Americans from his earliest movies in the 1930’s to his death. More than 30 years of playing the hero. A for real All American. From the Old West to World War II to Vietnam.
Now we are told he was anti-black. His memory must be punished/eradicated.
Wayne’s negative black feelings hurt no one. Most people were not even aware.
The situation has been brought to light by the Democratic Party of Orange County, California.
Orange County has an airport. Its name for years The John Wayne Airport. A statue stands in his honor as well as other indicia pertaining to him.
The Democrats want the statue and anything else referable to Wayne removed. They claim he was a racist and bigot. He may have been. I do not recall it ever being reflected in his deeds.
The whole argument to rename and get rid of the statue goes back 41 years to a 1979 Playboy interview. Wayne said, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
Wayne later said in the interview although he didn’t condone slavery, “I don’t feel guilty about the fact that ten or twenty generations ago these people were slaves.”
He also felt no remorse in the subjugation of Native Americans. America needed the land to expand and survive.
He also considered movies such as Easy Rider and Midnight Cowboy perverted and used a gay slur to refer to the 2 main characters in Midnight Cowboy.
Ronald Reagan may be next. One of our greatest Presidents.
Reagan is being considered a racist based on an October 1971 taped call between him and Richard Nixon. Reagan was Governor at the time and Nixon President.
Their discussion concerned a recent United Nations vote where the U.S. came out on the losing side. Done in by the African delegates.
Reagan said, “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes.”
Then there is Harry Truman. Yes, Harry Truman. Another great U.S. President.
Truman is known to have given many hell. The term “he gave ’em hell” survives to this day.
Many consider he “gave ’em racism” also.
Although Truman made civil rights a federal priority for a President for the first time since Reconstruction, he none the less expressed strong racist sentiments before, during and after his Presidency.
In 1911, the year he turned 27, Truman wrote to Bess his wife to be: “I think one man is just as good as another so long as he is decent and honest and not a nigger or a Chinaman…..The Lord made a white man from dust, a nigger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman……I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, yellow men in Asia and white men in Europe and America.”
Truman wrote a letter to his daughter Margaret wherein he described waiters in the White House as “an army of coons.”
In another letter to Margaret in 1941, he wrote of the Civil War: “I feel as your old country grandmother has expressed it – ‘What a pity a white man like Lee had to surrender to old Grant.”‘
Some of Truman’s racist slurs continued after he left office in the 1950’s and 1960’s: The use of racial slurs, opposed the 1960 sit-ins but said they might be Communist inspired, called Northerners who went on freedom rides meddlers, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a troublemaker.
It must be recognized Truman was a proud American as well a son the the Confederacy.
As President, Truman came to “represent” all. He rose above his prejudices. He appointed a committee to study civil rights abuses, supported the committee’s call for anti-lynching and anti-polling tax legislation. He ordered desegregation of the armed forces. He was the first President to campaign in Harlem.
Whatever way you look at things, Harry Truman loved Key West and Key West continues to love Harry Truman.
Tomorrow, Abraham Lincoln.
Now we turn to a different subject. Trump’s relationship with Putin and the recent news that Russia paid a bounty to Afghanistans to shoot Americans and other coalition troops.
First the relationship.
Recall the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Starred Debbie Reynolds.
“He’s My Friend” a song in the movie. The opening stanza went: “He’s my friend / And he’ll stay my friend / Doesn’t matter what the other people say / He’s my friend, to the bitter end / Even though the bitter end’s a million years away.”
Such is the relationship between Trump and Putin as represented by Trump. I doubt Putin feels the same way. He uses Trump, toys with him, takes advantage of him. Trump never realizing it.
The New York Times broke a story of shocking interest the past few days. A could never have happened thing that did.
It was reported that Russia was paying a bounty to Afghanistan for all American soldiers and other coalition troops shot in the Afghanistan War.
Trump’s staff has not denied knowledge of the matter. They said they knew since March, but never brought it to Trump’s attention. They claim the President never knew.
What could be more important to an American President than the knowledge a foreign power was paying another to kill Americans?
Turns out the information was part of Trump’s Daily Briefing back then. However Trump rarely reads his Daily Briefing.
The bottom line is Trump knew and kept quiet because Putin is his “friend.”
The caronavirus is having a field day in Florida. Thanks to the stupidity of Gov. De Santis who does nothing but blindly follow Trump’s dictates.
Yesterday was Florida’s third day of record high coronavirus cases in a one week period. Yesterday alone broke the one day record. Almost 10,000 new cases.
Wear your masks, practice social distancing, and frequently wash your hands.
Enjoy your Sunday!