Monday, August 5, 2013

John Wayne-Traditional American Icon

John Wayne was and still is, a national hero to the vast majority of Americans. He was a traditional, conservative, American actor who epitomized the quintessential American. He was a loyal patriot, a rugged individual, independent, self-reliant, a very tough but fair man, a devoted father, a hard worker, an award-winning actor, a conservative activist,  a devout supporter of the the U.S. Armed Forces, and he believed in the American Dream. During the turbulent 1960s, John Wayne took on the liberal establishment, and he was criticized by the left for his political conservatism, but his love for America and his response to leftist, reactionary ninnies was: "in 200 years had taken the wilderness and made it a farm that feeds the world and a factory that defends the world."

We are living in times where conservative, traditional Americans are under constant attack and ridicule by the mainstream media, leftist Hollywood, the Democratic Party, secular-liberals, the Obama administration, the federal government, etc., yet isn't it quite telling how John Wayne is a popular icon Americans respect and look up to for inspiration from a bygone era, the same era secular-progressives love to malign? The characters Wayne portrayed in his hit films are a reflection of the man himself, what he believed, what he stood for, and what he steadfastly maintained represented the best of America. The following quotes are some of the lines delivered by the  colorful characters Wayne portrayed in various films. They reflect the values he personally believed in and fought for:

Movie Quotes:

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do those things to other people, and I require the same from them."   The Shootist-1976.

"I haven't lost my temper in 40 years; but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody ought to belt you in the mouth. But I won't. I won't. The hell I won't."    McLintock-1963

"Well son, since you haven't learned to respect your elders, it's time you learned to respect your betters."    Big Jake-1971

"There's right and there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other. You do the one, and you're living. You do the other, and you may be walking around, but you're as dead as a beaver hat."    The Alamo-1960

Additional Quotes from the Duke:

"I want to play a real man in all my films, and I define manhood simply: Men should be tough, fair, and courageous, never petty, never looking for a fight, but never backing down from one either."

"Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid."

"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."

"A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him."

"If you got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow."

"Some people tell me everything isn't black and white. But I say why the hell not?"

"You can't eat awards. Nor, more to the point, drink 'em."

"I'm a greedy old man. Life's been good to me, and I want some more of it."

"I'd like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living."

"My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for."

These quotes represented John Wayne on the silver screen as well as in his personal life. They reflect the values, honesty, and toughness that once stood for America, and these values and ideals were looked up to by world leaders who once respected and had a healthy fear of our country, unlike today. If John Wayne were alive today, the American left would brand him as a traditional radical. I wish he were alive today for he would absolutely mop the floor clean with such leftist stooges. There are millions of Americans who also wish there were more brawny men like John Wayne, not only acting in films in Hollywood, but serving as bold leaders of our country, men of the character of Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy. America desperately needs Cowboys of the caliber of the Duke who would tell all of us to Cowboy and Cowgirl up. John Wayne was anything but a sissy. He was a lover of books, and he would have appreciated and agreed with the points raised in my book, The Sissification of America: A Fifty-Year Decline in American Exceptionalism.