Thursday, October 24, 2013

"We're being represented by men who are kowtowing to minorities, where they can get votes": The "Ferocity" of John Wayne's Views

By now, many conservatives have probably experienced the salty language of the Duke with the John Wayne Demolishes Democrats video from a 1975 interview (thanks to Valerie).

But do also check out the bicentennial (1976) interview taken aboard his converted minesweeper, the Wild Goose, especially starting at 3:35, for what the British journalist calls "the ferocity of his views":
3:53: We're being represented by men who are kowtowing to minorities, where they can get votes. 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" — I wish they'd all get to thinking that they are "Americans", as they should; and as they have — luckily — been born here and couldn't be better off in any other place. There shouldn't be so much whining and bellyaching.

4:28: I am saddened by the fact that, although we were a matriarchy, I think we will not be any longer. I think opening doors and tipping your hat to ladies is probably a thing of the past. The forerunners of the women's liberation of today have taken that feeling away from the average American man.

5:05: What about the civil rights?! … I guess that they [blacks] have had a pretty tough break, but not quite as bad as you and your do-gooder friends would have 'em believe. They live as well here as they live in any other country — over that 199 years [of America's history]! True, 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 have had a better life here, and their fathers and mothers, than they would have had any place else. And I want to see them have everything! I don't squawk and cry-baby and say "Geez, I had to go without meals when I was 16 and 17 years old, it's a terrible thing!" I don't think that you should look back and whine and belly-ache or try to hold somebody else guilty for everything you did.