Friday, August 20, 2004

Winter Soldier

The new Winter Soldier ad is online. Watch it often.

This is what free speech is about. Bless them for their service and their honor and their decency, these Swift Boat Vets. Most Americans do not know how badly Vietnam veterans suffered for the betrayal by our media and the anti-war Left. Few books have been written on their experiences, primarily because most of our book publishers are not American owned and we have a media dedicated to being the first and last chroniclers of history. I remember reading one though that I found in a library several years ago. You cannot believe the horror of a North Vietnam prison or the unspeakable torture inflicted on men who refused to record forced confessions. Those that were beaten when they refused to meet with Jane Fonda and act as props for her media events have been silenced by a media dedicated to promoting their own power. It's not coincidental that Walter Cronkite decided to go back into hiding this week. He did much to betray this country and our troops. Us. The dirty old bastard.

Timeline of the anti-war movement from

August, 1970 -- Al Hubbard asks Tod Ensign and Jeremy Rifkin of the CCI to join with the VVAW, the Reverend Dick Fernandez of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV), Jane Fonda, Mark Lane and others to organize national hearings on war crimes. Lane suggests calling the hearings "Winter Soldier," a play on the opening lines of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.

Thomas Paine:
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

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