“Don’t much like quitters, son.”
A billboard in my neighborhood reads. There’s a picture of John Wayne.
John Wayne was a great American actor.
He married three Latina women.
He cheated on all of them.
He smoked five packs a day.
He got cancer and he did ads for the American Cancer Association.
He had a yacht which he preferred to horses.
He was in love with Maureen O’Hara and Marlene Dietrich but married neither because he liked women he thought he could control.
He never fought in the military but he played a soldier many times onscreen.
When someone says I stand for American values, you don’t know what they mean for sure, but it doesn’t sound good.
Often it means putting women in their place, rejecting gays, glorifying Christianity, believing that Whites have the right to a better life than anyone who isn’t White, and of course, the idea that Muslims and anyone else in the world who doesn’t share American values should be eliminated.
America needs less hatred.
There is a reason Obama did not go to Chris Kyle’s funeral.
Chris Kyle, a US navy Seal from Texas, was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and claimed to have killed more than 255 people during his six-year military career. In his memoir, Kyle reportedly described killing as “fun”, something he “loved”; he was unwavering in his belief that everyone he shot was a “bad guy”. “I hate the damn savages,” he wrote. “I couldn’t give a flying fuck about the Iraqis.” He bragged about murdering looters during Hurricane Katrina, though that was never substantiated. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/06/real-american-sniper-hate-filled-killer-why-patriots-calling-hero-chris-kyle
The American values I like are curiosity, compassion and love of life. We need to accept each other. Living the dream should be embracing living with each other.