Thursday, August 28, 2014

Phil Donahue Show: Video: Jane Fonda Anti-War Speech and Interview on the Vietnam War

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Jane Fonda at her highest peak as an anti-war New-Left political activist. Calling members of the American military criminals, murderers, including the President of the United States Richard Nixon and perhaps President Nixon's predecessor Lyndon Johnson as well. The wing of the American Left the New Left people who are called McGovernites for their support of U.S. Senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign took over the Democratic Party in the late 1960s and early 1970s. And gave the Democratic Party a real bad name for over twenty-years.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

David Von Pein: Video: U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy Townhall, April 19, 1968

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If you listen to Senator Robert F. Kennedy talk about the Vietnam War in 1968, it is not that different from how Barack Obama sounded about the Iraq War when he was running for president in 2007-08. And how President Obama now sounds about the Iraq War now. "We can help and we should help where we can, but at the end of the day this is their country and their war and they need to fight it and win it if they can". Just replace Vietnam with Iraq and you have two different men from two different generations talking about two different wars, but they sound very similar.

Monday, August 25, 2014

David Von Pein: Video: Robert F. Kennedy on the Jack Paar Show, in 1964

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Robert F. Kennedy who was still Attorney General of the United States at this point in 1964, making his first public appearance on the Jack Paar Show. Sort of the definition of going softball by appearing on a friendly show where you know the host at least respects you if not likes you in Jack Paar. But you have to remember that Bob Kennedy's brother Jack who also just happened to be President of the United States was assassinated just five months before Bobby went on Jack Paar in March, 1964. And Bobby was in an understandable depression from that, but was looking to come out of that on a friendly platform.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bach Feuer: Video: The Morton Downey Jr. Show: Jerry Falwell and the Christian Right

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In the late 1980s starting in around 1987 I believe the TV evangelism was taking a big hit in America because of scandals that some of their TV reverends were under. Essentially preaching against what they were in favor of, but not in public, but in their own private lives. With Jim Swaggart it was about prostitutes, with Jim Baker it was financial issues. These reverends were saying they were the voice of God, the voice of Christ to be more precise and yet they were committing real vices that are immoral at least under the law that would've sent average Americans to jail for a long time.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Joe Pyne: Video: Joe Pyne Sort of Interviews Jerry Rubin, From 1967

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First of all this wasn't a real interview and at best more of an attempt of Joe Pyne to cross-examine or prosecute Jerry Rubin who was part of the New Left in America from the late 1960s and early 1970s. A movement that was anti-war and American capitalism and wanted to see America move to some type of socialist economic system or social democracy. What this was, was Joe Pyne telling Jerry Rubin that "you are an asshole and I'm asking you these questions and showing you these things to show Americans how big of a piece of garbage that you are. And that you are poisoning America's youth with your garbage". And that is probably putting it nicely.

As far as what they almost talked about which is what the New Left called disobedience of laws. They weren't so much talking about disobeying laws in general. (at least from what I know about them) But disobeying laws that they saw as unjust and even breaking the law to serve some cause that they saw as just. Like ending the Vietnam War, or ending what they saw as corporate greed. And very much inspired what we see from the Occupy Wall Street movement today. Who are the sons and daughters of the New Left from the 1960s and 70s.

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABC News: Video: Evening News: George McGovern 1972 VP Selection Drama

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Senator Tom Eagleton who by most accounts had a very good and productive year in public office as Governor of Missouri and then later in Congress as a Missouri Senator was a victim of the Richard Nixon dirty tricks operation. Senator Eagleton did see a shrink and I believe at one point on medication for some breakdown that he had. But he was completely sane by the time he was elected to the Senate in 1968 if not before that. But that of course was not good enough for the Nixon campaign that made Tom Eagleton looks like a loony tune or something.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Metrazol Electricity: Video: The Woody Allen Show: William F. Buckley & Woody Allen Exchange Humor

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As conservative, snobby and Anglo-Saxon waspy as Bill Buckley came off at least came off as, he had a damn quick and good sense of humor. He wasn't so preppy and full of himself and thought he knew it all about everything that he couldn't take a joke and fire one back right on target and get a reaction and even laugh out of the people he was talking to. And I think that comes off in this quick little interview between two of the best wisecrack artists who ever lived in Woody Allen and Bill Buckley.