How does a country forget a war that cost approximately 59,000 Americans and untold numbers of civilians in the war zone their lives? For one thing, the education sector declines to teach it.
A U.S. Navy veteran decided to do something about that lack of attention by founding a Facebook page, ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan’ to protest the actress who called U.S. soldiers liars and praised “socialism” when she really meant “communism” because that was the system of government in North Vietnam, the country she became enamored with.
North Vietnam had instituted social justice in the early 1950s by the same methods socialists, communists and tyrants had applied throughout history. Kill those who owned land or wealth, kill others who might present a threat (intellectuals, anti-communists), and distribute most of the spoils to political cronies while much of the general population watched whatever creature comforts they’d had disappear.
North Vietnam’s cruelty was nothing new—Che Guevara, Castro, Lenin were all cut from the same cloth. How many clueless, starry eyed college kids today have Che t-shirts? Those same kids, mostly from affluent homes, would’ve been front and center on the kill lists of the tyrants many college professors praise.
As chosen ones like the student Bill Clinton organized anti-war protests, having successfully dodged the draft most American boys didn’t dodge, and as silver spooners like Fonda assailed our troops, everyday boys and men from everyday homes put their lives on the line in a savage jungle thousands of miles from home. Women served in non-combat roles. Body bags were in high demand in those days as the evening news broadcast clip after clip of the war.
The anti-war movement gained ground when Republican Richard Nixon became president. If a president wanted to gripe about what he “inherited,” Nixon would have had every right to do so.
Clinton would become president; Fonda would become a Tinseltown glam gal best known for her workout videos.
By the time President Ronald Reagan took office, we had pretty much put Vietnam, a war that was largely the product of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s muddled foreign policy and an outright lie, behind us. Previous presidents, both Democrat and Republican, chose not to escalate an anti-communist effort into full scale war. LBJ did otherwise.
Reagan was anti-communist to the core.
Ironically First Lady Reagan will be played by a woman who, if her words are a standard for judgment, praised communism.
The Facebook page ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan’ has gained momentum, with 18,370 ‘Likes’ as of this writing.
The more ‘Likes’ the page gets, the more justice we achieve for the men and women who did their duty and often never got to see the faces of their loved ones again.
Why does it matter to me?
Vietnam was my generation. I remember my family depositing my uncle at an army barracks at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He was more like a brother to us; I remember him playing the guitar and building us things. I remember his service and I remember what it did to him physically and the fury I feel towards Fonda is like a waterfall of anger.
I remember some of my friends who were drafted—some didn’t come home and others came home with serious injuries. For their sacrifices, U.S. soldiers were routinely vilified and spat upon. Their homecoming was marred by attention seekers like Fonda and Clinton.
Fonda’s shilling for communists hurt both U.S. soldiers and the South Vietnamese civilians who fought alongside us. She’d be great as First Lady Clinton. As First Lady Reagan, Fonda is an insult to history, to decency and to honesty.
Please help the Facebook page founded by Larry Reyes gain even more momentum. Please ‘like’ the page and please tell your friends and family on social media about it.
If ever there was a true grassroots effort, that would be ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan.’
Today’s educators may have forgotten the catastrophe that was Vietnam, but I won’t forget, ever. Nor should you.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 17, 2013)
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