By now I’m sure you’ve read about the Obama daughters going on Spring Break, to a foreign country (Bermuda), with a gaggle of their friends and all at the taxpayers’ expense. When I first read about it my blood pressure went through the roof. The country is broke, we’re up to our eyeballs in debt, and to think that we were spending taxpayer’s money and utilizing Secret Service Personnel (who we can’t afford to pay to maintain the White House tour for school children) for this foolishness seemed the height of stupidity. But that’s another story!
Then I calmed down when I realized that when I was twenty years old, the government also sent me and a bunch of my friends on an all-expense paid trip to a foreign country, it was called Viet Nam.
Viet Nam was not a popular war, especially to those of us who were in it. We didn’t like being shot at, killed or putting up with the heat and bugs, and we didn’t start it! But our country called and instead of running to Canada, we went to do our part. When the new guys got off the plane, they were met by guys who had finished their tours and were going to ride our plane “back to the world”. The advice they gave us was not what a bunch of scared kids wanted to hear; they said “Get yourself killed right away, that way you won’t suffer as much.”
Then, as today, the Hollywood elites decided they had to put in their two cents worth, even though for the most part they didn’t know what they were talking about. First and foremost of the Hollywood protesters was Jane Fonda, aka Hanoi Jane, aka Comrade Fonda. While she loves everything Communist, she still loves the Capitalist system of making money. Rather than using her celebrity to support the troops like Bob Hope, Ann Margaret, and several other well known celebrities did, she decided that she could do her part for the war effort if she wore a North Vietnamese uniform and had her picture taken while sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. Cute, huh? These were the same guns used to shoot down our pilots and planes. Ever wonder which plane or crew was killed by the gun she sat on?
In another instance, the POW’s were cleaned up and paraded before Ms. Fonda. Each man had secreted in his hand a tiny sliver of paper with his social security number on it in an effort to let someone know they were still alive. As Hanoi Jane walked the line shaking hands with the prisoners, and asking questions such as “Aren’t you sorry you bombed babies” and “Aren’t you grateful for the humane treatment being provided by your benevolent captors”, each man slipped her the sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. Once she reached the end of the line and the cameras had stopped rolling, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the skips of paper. Three men died from the subsequent beatings and Colonel Carrigan, USAF, was almost the fourth.
I hold Joan Baez’s husband in high regard though; since he thought the war was wrong, he burned his draft card and went to prison in protest. If other anti-war protestors had done the same, it would have ended the war much sooner by bringing our judicial system to a halt and there wouldn’t be as many names on that big black granite wall called the Viet Nam Memorial. Comrade Fonda, on the other hand, chose to be a traitor – she went to Hanoi, wore their uniform, spoke and propagandized for the Communists, and urged American soldiers to desert.
Recently, many Veteran’s groups have boycotted Hanoi Jane’s new movie. Her response was to tell them to “get a life”. Really? Do you think the maimed survivors and the families of those killed wish that their loved ones DID have a life? Wow, liberal elitism at its best.
In her new movie called The Butler, comrade fonda plays Nancy Reagan – you gotta be kidding, right? Nancy Reagan is a real Lady, a true and proud Patriot who loves the USA. Fonda, in stark contrast, is a communist-loving, America-hating zealot who aided and abetted an enemy of the United States. No comparison at all, but that’s liberal Hollywood for you!
Fonda said that she has apologized for her actions. As far as I’m concerned there are some things that an apology just won’t cover. As our men were being tortured and some of the POW’s murdered she called them liars. In my opinion she should have been shot as a traitor.
So, Hollywood will no doubt do its very best to stir up controversy in order to get free publicity for the movie and a “past her prime” washed-up actress, but I sincerely hope it is all in vain and her movie goes down in flames, you know, kinda like our planes did back in the day.
Forty years later Robert MacNamara, the Secretary of Defense who got us into the mess said “Viet Nam was a mistake”. What a comforting thought for the 58,000-plus families to know their loved ones died for a mistake.
I’m on the wrong side of sixty and have gray hair, wrinkles and aches and pains, but Hanoi Jane has provided me with a goal in life. What’s my goal you ask? My goal is to live longer that Ms. Fonda. Then when she dies, I’m going to get a six pack of beer, and even though I hate standing in long lines, I’m going to muster with other Viet Nam Vets and pee on her grave. I know it will be a long line.
Will I be going to see “The Butler” – What do you think?