We need Billy Jack again
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
December 17, 2013 02:05 PM | 1206 views | 11 11 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

I was sorry to see Tom Laughlin, the creator of the iconic “Billy Jack” movie franchise, passed away. Very few film heroes fought injustice the way Laughlin’s former Green Beret did.

Billy Jack eschewed reason for round house kicks, negotiations for knock-out punches. He blasted bullies, rapists, white collar criminals and other assorted low-lifes, all of whom richly earned his ire.

His mission in life, judging by the only Billy Jack film I saw, was to protect the vulnerable and he always seemed to be in the right place at the wrong time, at least as far as the bad guys were concerned.

Billy would approach his leering enemy and calmly explain why what the creep had done was profoundly wrong - then came the karate chop to the throat or a boot to the head.

Billy Jack appeared at a time when President Richard Nixon was lashing out at his critics and particularly students protesting the Vietnam War. It became evident the Nixon administration would resort to any means necessary to suppress the anti-war protests when National Guard soldiers murdered four unarmed students at Kent State.

So Laughlin, a left wing political activist, produced an allegory for those sad times.

Billy Jack shows up at an “alternative” school in Arizona. It’s more like a hippie commune, but the point is nobody there is looking for trouble, just like the anti-war protesters exercising their Constitutional right to peacefully assemble.

Standing in for the Nixon administration are the local racists and red necks who make life miserable for the school's students and teachers.

Billy Jack represents justice, however harshly its meted out, and the dirt bags are soon getting what's coming to them as Billy shows them just how tough a liberal can be.

In 1977, Laughlin produced a sequel to his hugely successful first film called “Billy Jack Goes to Washington," but those were tame times compared to the tea party bullies on Capitol Hill nowadays.

I’d like to send Billy Jack to the House tea party caucus when it meets. Here’s the scene:

Billy, wearing his trademark jean jacket and flat brimmed hat with the Hopi bead band, stands in the caucus room, arms akimbo, glaring at the 80 House  tea party representatives.

Billy: So, Broun, you and these others want to cut food stamps by 40 billion dollars?

Broun confidently glances at the 79 others in the caucus with a smirk.

Broun: Yeah, that’s right. Says in the Bible them what don’t work don’t eat. Get it?

Billy smiles ruefully and shakes his head.

Billy: But food stamps help little kids, old people, even unemployed veterans. I think you should put that 40 billion back in your legislation. I know you don’t want any trouble.

Broun: What, from you?

Billy: That’s right.

Broun: Just you…nobody else?

Billy: Uh huh.

Broun: We ain’t afraid o’ you…

WHAP!

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mikeholzknecht@yahoo,com
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December 21, 2013
Billy Jack could have been filmed in Cobb County. As far as a waste of time for 500,000 Viet Nam vets, this Viet Nam vet recommends reading "Fire in the Lake" by Frances Fitzgerald and "The Brothers" about Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by Stephen Kinzer.

Facts are much more interesting than fake history.

LibinCobb
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December 21, 2013
@OMIPS: I never said the service provided by our troops in Viet Nma was nothing, I said, "NOTHING was gained form the war". If you are going to put words in my mouth, accuracy would be appreciated.

Before your head explodes again based on irrational thought. The war in VN was an ill conceived idea and badly managed.

We Liberals don't occupy a high ground, we are correct in our thoughts, the conserves are incorrect. It is not the Liberals who have conducted wars on a variety of segments in our population, for example, women, minorities, the LGBT, those who wish to vote, those in need, hungry children,the elderly, the middle class, the unions. Need I say more? It is not the Liberals who are out of their minds because a Liberal, black man with a Muslim name dared to become and REMAIN president.
OMIPS
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December 20, 2013
@ Lib in Cobb -

I've re-read my comment to Mr. Foley's blog and nowhere have I commented on the merits (i.e., whether it was good or bad) of the War in Vietnam.

Mr. Foley used a 1970s vintage Hollywood movie about a fictitious Vietnam Vet, who came home from the war to fight evil at home, to liken what he'd like to see done to members of the Tea Party. As a counter point to his comment I, likewise, used a Hollywood movie about a fictitious Green Beret unit to liken what I would like to see done to "progressive, liberal commies-in-training." Mr. Foley's blog is ridiculous and deserved an equally ridiculous comment. I provided that comment.

But you - Lib in Cobb - do you realize that you're telling over 500,000 American men and women that their service to their country was - NOTHING? Lib in Cobb, we were in the Cold War, a war against the spread of global communism. These 500,000 plus men and women stepped up and served their country during this time. Many were drafted and many volunteered but they all served. They took the oath, trained and went into harms way; and, close to 60,000 paid the ultimate price for service to our country and you deem their service and the price they paid as - NOTHING.

Lib in Cobb, do you realize that you're telling the families of over 500,000 Vietnam vets (plus those of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan) that their loved one's service was - NOTHING?

Lib in Cobb, you liberals believe that you have the high ground when it comes to sensitivity, understanding, acceptance and tolerance but the real fact is that you are the most insensitive, less understanding, and least tolerant group of people in our society and you and Mr. Foley clearly prove my point in this blog. Because here in this simple blog Mr. Foley imagines and wishes harm upon his fellow citizens (over differences of political opinion) and you haughtily pronounce that the military service of thousand of young men and women was - NOTHING. Both of you are insensitive and intolerant to the rights of other citizens and you, Lib in Cobb, are most insensitive to those who serve and have honorably served our country.

Our Man in Powder Springs
Lib in Cobb
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December 20, 2013
@Yo Momma: Regarding Billy Jack and The Affordable Care Act. My feeling, Billy Jack would go to Washington and dope slap every member of the GOP for trying to hold up healthcare for all and wasting a tremendous amount of our time and money with 40 repeal votes which had no chance of passing. Billy Jack would want to keep, the poor, the innocent, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions healthy. He would help take on large insurance companies which keep people uninsured, and Billy would want the US to have healthcare for all like all other industrialized nations on earth.

Lib in Cobb
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December 19, 2013
@Yo Momma: You are correct. Johnson was so involved in the Viet Nam War, that he refused to run for re-election, Kennedy was also involved and yes Nixon was successful in getting us out. To many died on both sides tens of thousands on the US side, millions on the Viet Namese side. Nixon will be remembered as a crook and the first president to resign from office and not for getting us out.

I went to Viet Nam on vacation a few years ago, the people are warm and kind, but struggling. I saw very few people over 50 years old. They are eager to practice their English, a required subject in the public schools. Capitalism is alive and doing very well in S. Viet Nam, not as much in the north.
Kevin Foley
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December 19, 2013
Our man (whoever you are) - Funny. Those "commies" are selling Coca-Cola and McDonald's burgers in Hanoi nowadays.
Guido Sarducci
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December 19, 2013
Kevin, your analogies follow right along with the left wing out of touch party line.

Also, the symbolism you attribute to the second rate film and its star are all illusions, created in your fevered mind.
Yo' Momma
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December 18, 2013
@Lib in Cobb, I agree completely. Vietnam was a total and tragic waste of American lives and resources. Fascinating that Kevin gives all the credit for our involvement in Vietnam to Nixon, who, if memory serves stopped the war that was escalated to ridiculous proportions, and unbelievably mismanaged by LBJ. Why not bring LBJ into the conversation? Because he is the consummate Democrat? Dixie-crat? Talk about a Racist!

Another question would be, since Billy Jack and the "Alternative" society he lived in "wanted no trouble", how would he react to the "Government" forcing him and his friends to purchase insurance because "The Man" dictated it?

I doubt Billy would be on the side of the Cradle to Grave administration currently mis-leading our nation at the moment.
Lib in Cobb
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December 18, 2013
@OMIPS: There was NOTHING good about the Viet Nam War, not PUFF, not John Wayne pretending to be involved. Nearly 60,000 of our soldiers were killed and for what? Nothing was gained at all, just like Iraq and Afghanistan.
OMIPS
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December 17, 2013
Mr. Foley,

I'm an old movie buff too....

One of my favorites is John Wayne's 1968 classic - The Green Berets. I really like the scene where after their camp has been overrun by the NVA and the Viet Cong Wayne calls in an airstrike by "Puff the Magic Dragon" an AC-47 Spooky Gunship.

On the ground the NVA and Viet Cong are celebrating their capture of the camp. Above them "Puff" has arrived on the scene. The pilot asks Wayne - "where do you want it?" to which Wayne replies - "right on the camp."

The pilot pushes the trigger button and the 7.62 miniguns instantly fire up to 6000 round in less than a minute.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and within seconds hundreds of commies are eliminated.

Our Man in Powder Springs
Lib in Cobb
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December 17, 2013
Perfect Kevin.
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