Betty Hutton had a strong voice. “Some kind of fun lasts longer than others.” she said.
She was born 102 years ago in Battle Creek, Michigan.
At three years of age, she and her sister and mother were singing in her family’s Speak Easy.
She won a best actress award in the screwball comedy The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek for playing a woman who was pregnant from a soldiers’ wild farewell party but unsure of who the father was or whether she had married him.
She won a most popular actress award for Annie Oakley.
There is a powerful historical precedent for Tulsi Gabbard’s transition from a Bernie Sanders Democrat to being one of the fiercest critics of Joe Biden’s warmongering abroad and attacks on freedom at home.
Between the 1930’s and the 1960’s, New Deal Democrat Ronald Reagan became a small government Republican and a two term President in the 1980’s. Many conservatives believe Reagan deserves to be added to Mount Rushmore.
In 2019 former Reagan Communications Director Pat Buchanan wrote an opinion peace attacking damage to the Reagan foreign policy legacy of avoiding major war entitled “Memo To Trump: Trade Bolton For Tulsi”. Buchanan quoted Gabbard’s criticism of Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton’s policies: “This insanity must end.” Buchanan praised her criticism as something Trump himself might have said in 2016.
Now in 2023, some people suggest Gabbard could be a great running mate for The Donald in 2024.
She has recently said:
A. that the Biden Democratic Party is “now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness.”
B. that Leftist lawmakers racialise “every issue and stoke anti-white racism.”
C. “You see the final expression of cancel culture in Islamist terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda ……”
D. that it breaks her heart to see people like President Biden “so readily throwing our constitution in the trash, so readily passing policies and taking stands that violate our fundamental freedoms ……“
While he is quite a flawed individual in some respects, I regard POTUS 45, Donald Trump, as easily one of the best American presidents in my lifetime. (along with Ike, JFK, RMN, and The Gipper.)
One of his strengths is that the fact that he is a family man has given him some really good and truly beautiful people working at his side.
Father Donald and daughter Ivanka at work in the Oval Office with wise words from their First Lady.
On the basis of the quality of the words and insightful thought in his Inaugural Address, on this date 6 years ago, I now name President Trump as number five in my series of Indigenous Men Of The Anglosphere.
Here is a selection of ideas from that speech:
“Today’s ceremony ……. has very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people …….
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country …….
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people …….
The forgotten men and women of our country, will be forgotten no longer ……..
(Our) movement (has) a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens …….
We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny …….
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example …….
……. through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements, but always pursue solidarity ……..
There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected ……. most importantly, we will be protected by God.
……. we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms …….
……. whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator …….”
This sort of speaking is what I call Living In The Word.
If you wish to understand why such words and ideals are very important to me personally, please read “Augurs Of Freedom”, which I wrote three years ago about thoughts on Inaugural Day from three other presidents.
Recovering from trauma and restoring true greatness can only be done with love.
In the following instrumental, “Coming Down”, Australian Country Music singer-songwriter Dusty Starr plays guitar in a way that reminds me a little or a lot of Elmore James and Willie Nelson and Robbie Robertson rolled into one.
A laidback, easy going auditory heaven.
To try to capture the feel of this music in words, I have transcreated into objectified, slightly more modern English parts of runaway slave Jim’s hair-ball fortune-telling speech to Huck at the end of the fourth chapter in The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.
Huck was scared but Jim said,
“Your dad dont know what he will do, so rest easy in letting him go his own way.
He’s got two angels ….. one white ….. one black.
The white one’s the right one, but the black one can sail in and bust it all up.”
That story was set in antebellum America of the 1840’s. Huck had a very troubled relationship with his drunk, violent father.
In the current year of the 2020’s, a beautiful white angel who has appeared in Melbourne, is Thalia looking safe and secure standing up for freedom with her dad on the recent Mission To Melbourne, when decent country people like Thalia and Dan brought new life and hope to Melbourne’s freedom movement.
Thalia and Dan.
You can’t stop human progress when traditions like honesty, good will, family and friendship remain solid and sound: this was as true in Mark Twain’s classic, as it is in Melbourne now.
On this day in 1861, during the American Civil War, passionate anti slavery campaigner Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn Of The Republic. Today I take some of the words of that song, modernising a few of them, and then combine them with images of an Australian Christian woman who regularly stands up against tyranny on the streets of Melbourne.
This anonymous woman is one of the many stalwarts of Melbourne’s freedom movement.
Again and again, I have seen her bring both passionate defiance of tyranny and devotion to Her Lord Jesus Christ to the streets of Melbourne. In this image, she does not look forward to the false promises of a clearway from a Socialist Left police state. She looks to what comes to her from the past, from her faith in Jesus Christ and what He contributed to Western Heritage to give her and so many His followers so much genuine moral strength.
In 1940, the Greek Prime Minister created the national legend of saying “Oxi” or “No” to tyrants like Mussolini. This story is now now celebrated in Greece with a holiday on October 28th every year.
Now in Melbourne, proud freedom fighting Greek democrats and many other people are standing up to say, “No” to Premier Daniel Michael Andrews.
These are not fake, synthetic career politicians telling lies to get votes.
These are people standing up for parental, human and democratic rights against a government which uses bullets, jail and police (even including one physical and sexual assault at the entrance to a cathedral) against those of us who stand up for our rights.
Who will stay the course and who will join us?
Geoff Fox, October 17, 2022, Melbourne, Down Under