Donald Got His Gun

Just when we thought the Trump phenomenon’s defiance of reason was about to end, we read Trump and Palin joined forces in the war against reason! MSNBC’s evening shows on January 19th presented numerous videos of John McCain being asked if picking Palin as his VP was a poor decision and he always responded, “I respect her and husband Todd” – never once stating what most think – their election was lost because of her. MSNBC next showed the clip of Trump saying “John McCain is not war hero – heroes do not get captured”. It is always painful watching Trump but next up was this clip of Palin endorsing Trump for president followed by analysis of the event – I hung my head down having to listen to Palin – now I am in real pain.

Semi-recovered, the next clip was of Trump visiting The John Wayne Museum with Wayne’s daughter saying, If The Duke were alive he would endorse The Donald. This next clip shows Trump at Iowa’s John Wayne Museum and addresses How John Wayne and Donald Trump are alike. It presents an interesting scene from the new movie Trumbo about Dalton Trumbo’s Hollywood blacklisted screenwriting career. In one scene Trumbo confronts Marian Morrison aka John Wayne about what he did during WWII. Trumbo mentions being a war correspondent, asks Wayne what he did during the War, then tells him – “you were on a movie set, shooting planks, and wearing make-up.” Wayne was involved in Hollywood’s Blacklist period and in this clip we hear in person Wayne’s logic in support of Lawrence@The Last Word conclusion that The Duke and The Duck are not authentic tough guys.

Watching these John Wayne movie quotes, one sees and hears the likeness of The Duke & The Duck. Will the US ever realize that its Wild West Days are over thus requiring leadership based on intellect not on emotion which is the theme of Trumbo’s Johnny got his gun movie and an issue separating the Democratic and Republican Parties.

The Duke’s movie quotes (Compare these to the bluster of The Duck.)

The Duck Got His Gun

I did not know the Dalton Trumbo story, went in search for it, and watched several Trumbo Movie Reviews, which have convinced me to see the movie. I then watched this Dalton Trumbo interviewed by Stan Bohrman conducted in 1972 and began to realize the creative talent of Dalton Trumbo.

Dalton Trumbo interviewed by Stan Bohrman

Bohrman’s interview addresses Trumbo’s movie Johnny got his gun, which is about “Joe Bonham a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell during World War I, and lies in a hospital bed. He is a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to reason, but his wounds render him a prisoner in his own body. As he drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend. He also forms a bond, of sorts, with a young nurse who senses his plight. At the end of the film, Joe tries to communicate to his doctors, via Morse code by nodding his head, saying “help”. He wishes for the Army to put him in a glass coffin in a freak show as a demonstration of the horrors of war. When told that his wish may be impossible to grant, he responds begging to be euthanized, repeatedly saying ‘kill me’. In the end, however, he realizes that the Army can grant neither wish, and will leave him in a state of living death. In the film’s climax, his sympathetic nurse attempts to euthanize him by clamping his breathing tube, but her supervisor stops her before Joe can succumb. Joe realizes that he will never be released of his state of entrapment and he is left alone, weakly chanting, ‘S.O.S. Help me’” (Wikipedia).

Here is a clip of the movie Johnny Got His Gun (1971) that Jimmy Carter required all his staff to watch when elected the Governor of Georgia. It seems all candidates running for elected office should be required to read, watch Johnny Got His Gun, and then discuss it! If we required medial doctors to be certified every few years, we ought to certify our elected representatives!

Johnny Got His Gun.Movie

Johnny Got His Gun.pdf
By Dalton Trumbo
A Bantam Book
Copy Right © 1939, 1959
eBook scanned & proofed by Binwiped 11-22-02 [v1.0]

Metallica – One (Metallica bought the movie rights to Johnny Got His Gun so as not to pay royalties each time they played this song).

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