Frederick John Henry

John Henry Faulk discusses his experience lecturing at so-called knife and fork clubs and colleges across the United States; feelings of fear và powerlessness in America; the value of young people"s activism in the United States; và the enlistment of poor men to serve in the Vietphái nam War.

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Faulk also speaks as several characters he plays lớn challenge & phản hồi on the Vietphái nam War.


Studs Terkel A friend of mine is John Henry Faulk, who is probably the greakiểm tra storyteller. Certainly the greakiểm tra storyteller I have met. I never heard Mark Twain, long before my time. Certainly Twain the remarkable storyteller. John Henry Faulk of our day of Austin, Texas, who is a chronicler of our day, too. He -- from Texas yet recreates a town and this century creates our society at this moment too. Grotesquery, at the same time truth, at the same time a remarkable understanding, và I was thinking about a year ago, John"s now across the microphone from me visiting Chicago -- more than a year ago, it was before the My Lai exposé.

John Henry Faulk Yes, it wasn"t before the My Lai incident, incidentally you know the army managed to keep that quiet for a couple of years before it was exposed.

Studs Terkel And you told me a story and it seemed how, how prophetic it was. And suppose we hear it. This is more than a year ago, and we hear -- I ask you about a guy và we pick it up.

John Henry Faulk It"s Will Boring, Will & his wife và son, they only have sầu one named Frank live sầu in a very plain little farmhouse out between Austin & Mainer, & a carload of television men & newsmen show up at his front door, he lives some 13 miles out of town, & Will comes out in his xanh overalls & his sandy hair, his straight-lined face & pale xanh eyes, and holds up his hands as they start in the house & said, "Sorry, boys, sorry I brung you all all the way out here, when you all called me on the telephone I said it"d be all right to lớn come out at ten o"cloông chồng, but I"m afraid Frank ain"t a-gonmãng cầu to lớn talk to lớn you. He said lớn tell you all khổng lồ go along, he didn"t want to come out. No, sir, I don"t know why. He, we"re awful proud, me and my wife are to have sầu hlặng back, you know, we glad he come back but, he don"t seem to lớn be awful glad to lớn be baông chồng. He"d just been sitting bachồng there on his bed. I don"t know. No, he ain"t a-goin" down lớn that celebration they were going to lớn hold for him, I know he, he said he didn"t want lớn hear nothing about no heroes & nothing else. He don"t want never hear about Vietphái mạnh no more. Well, I don"t know, you see, we raised Frankie as our own son, we"s awful proud of hyên ổn, he"s head of Four-H Club over at school & he -- we sometimes talked about hlặng going on over there at San Marcos lớn that State Teachers College, you know, và but he"s eighteen he said, "I"m going khổng lồ go and vì chưng my part for my country, by George, I ain"t going to hang baông xã like a heap of "em doing," & I didn"t much want hyên ổn lớn and neither did Eller, but he went on và a course, we"d bachồng him on anything he"d decide to vì chưng, he had a good head on hlặng you know, & he went down there Fort Sam Houston, come bachồng in his unikhung. I wasn"t awful proud of no unikhung, but I was proud of him for doing what he thought was good and he"s proud & he went off và we"d heared from, you know, he is good about writing, he always wrote his Momma every week, và then he started dropping off in his writing, và then all this come up &, he I guess, I guess they knowed what they"s doing over, and give sầu them all them medals and everything, & he"s supposed to lớn -- did so good & all, but when he he got baông chồng yesterday he just -- he didn"t wanmãng cầu talk about it & he sit and talked to his Mom & me last night some at table, and that was after y"all had called & I said it"d be all right for you khổng lồ come out ten o"cloông chồng, I thought he"d you know, he he"s gone out and looked at the mules, he looked at the cát a lot, he looked at everything you know and stood there for the longest looking at it & then -- the only thing he told us was that he was -- he was just something had happened to hyên ổn because he was -- said first he was proud over there và said he"s pitching in with "em và he"d go on them missions, yes, sir, he"s in the infantry. He is, he is on his foot. They"d haul hyên places, you know, and he"d ride in them helicopters. But he"d jump off & then vì chưng the fighting in them bushes & that sort of thing, he sent us a picture of one of them places. He said that he didn"t want to lớn talk about them, their medals. He don"t even want "em. I don"t know what he did with "em, but they ain"t been there in his room no more. He said what happened và he just told his mom and me that he was, hyên và boys there"s a going inkhổng lồ this place, you know, và they had run things down them holes and smoke "em out & shoot "em when they come out, you know. Them folks there"s after was hiding out, & they"re little bitsy folks & they can hide out, you know, & then hyên ổn và his platoon was over in a place & they flushed out a heap of "em & these people just looked at "em, he said some of them & they knowed they"s them there VCs there in one of them places, and they got around that house, & Frank said he"s doing just as much shooting as anytoàn thân else & they say wasn"t nothing in there but a woman và some children, and Frank got "em when they come out. He said, "Why"d they make us vì this? Shuckings, ain"t nobody in there. Why didn"t they just say so?" & he said one of his buddies said, "I reckon it was trang chính sweet trang chủ lớn "em." And Frank just said something happened khổng lồ hlặng then, & all he wanted lớn vày was get bachồng here & said sometoàn thân lied to hlặng about that damn thing and that"s the way he put it, said somebody"s told him a damn line, và said some day he"s going to lớn get, get "em. He used pretty bad language, he never did cuss in front of his momma before, but he said since -- well, he just quoted me, he said "Some sons of bitches lied to lớn me khổng lồ put me up to lớn that. If I ever get at "em, I"ll God-damn well get at "em." And then he just got up và walked in there. He"s been -- I don"t know whether he went to bed. His momma said she didn"t know whether he went lớn bed last night or just sit down the side of his bed. He won"t see y"all, ain"t no use in you all staying out here no more. He don"t want to lớn see nobody no more."

Studs Terkel Well, that"s terrific. I was thinking, and John it was a year & a half ago, when Will Boring told those television cameraman that his boy didn"t want to see them. And it"s a year and a half since, và what"s happened.

John Henry Faulk Yes. And it hasn"t stopped, Studs. It hasn"t stopped, but somehow và other I still have a faith in this l& that we live sầu in. I"ve been visiting recently in a little place called Pear Orchard. It"s a town somewhere located between Los Angeles và Atlanta, Georgia. It"s populated by you and me and a lot of us just ordinary folks you know that inhabit the earth. And the last time I was down there, I heard about an old lady that had a antique chair, a rocking chair lớn sell, place is I say called Pear Orchard. And I drove sầu out lớn her trang chủ, her name"s Miss Fanny Rawlins, & I saw in the mailbox there "Rawlins," it"s a country house, and I walked up through the oleanders & up the gravel walk, và sitting in a swing was this capacious lady on her front porch, as is a custom in southern homes, they all lượt thích lớn sit on pleasant days in their front porches. But she took up the entire swing. Her bosoms went all the way around to lớn her backbone và her arm kind of rested out on "em lượt thích a -- gave sầu the appearance of a dominecker hen fixing khổng lồ fly off the roost, and I said, "Howdy bởi vì, ma"am, I"m lookin for Miss Fanny Rawlins," và this great face of hers, broad smile looked lượt thích a great pan of dough that someone had started to work a countenance out on & then forgotten lớn finish up the job. It was kind of nondescript, but it was wreathed in a warm beneficent smile, và she said, "Well, honey, if you can"t see her, you better go to lớn an eye doctor & do it soon. I"ve sầu been accused of a heap of things, but being invisible ain"t one of them." I said, "Well, ma"am, I"m looking for a rocking chair that I understand you have sầu." "You mean that little rocker setting right there on the porch? Well, that there, that"s it. That"s my papa"s. Papage authority Nickels I always called hlặng, you know my was a Nickels before I married Lloyd." And I said, "Well, you wouldn"t be interested in selling it, would you, ma"am?" "Oh honey, no, you set in it và try it, & you"ll see hit"s the easiest little chair you ever set in, but I wouldn"t want to lớn get shed of it at all. No, honey, it has sentimental attachments for me. It"s a chair Grandpa -- uh, that Papage authority Nickels passed away in. I was settin" here on the porch a-shellin" black-eyed peas. No, I wasn"t doing no such a thing, what I was a-doin" was a-piecein" quilting scraps, & looking down in my lap naturally, you know, as I sewed, and a-chattin" with Papa Nickels, Papa he lived with us for so long. He was almost deaf, but he loved for me lớn talk lớn hlặng, although he couldn"t hear it, you know, he could just hear the buzz I reckon, & he"d grunt every now and then to let hyên ổn know, let me know he was listening, you know? And I was a-settin" here, it was a sunny afternoon, I rethành viên, & I forget now just what I was a-talking about, but I looked up and he passed away, and you know he had such a quiet passing there. His head just dropped forward on his chest. No death rattles, no death struggles. He might have been dead for as much as 15 minute fer as I know, và you know honey I"ve sầu always said, had that been a straight chair, he would have sầu come out of it. You know it"s a scientific fact that a straight chair will not hold a corpse. But it bein" a rocker that way, he just rocked bachồng in kinda, drop your arms a little bit và drop your head there & roông xã baông xã. Now, that just the way he was a-settin." No, you don"t have khổng lồ get out, honey, just set there, và you"ll find it an easy rocker. Well, I wished you wasn"t in a hurry, you know, my niece, cu-- my daughter-in-law Elouise come over here, she"s married to Gurvious. Eloise, her last name was Stallnecker "fore she got married, she"s one of the Bohemian girls from down there cthua kém khổng lồ LaGrange, you know, there"s a heap of Bohemians there, I think they Call them chicaslovaks or something down there now, but it used khổng lồ be they was all Bohemians, but you know being a Bohemian that way didn"t keep that girl from having talent. Oh, she"s a sharp, she"s the sharpest little ole briar, bless her heart. You know, she could rub her stomach in a semicircle, or a whole circle and pat her head at the same time, và you"d say, well you can"t bởi that, you try it. Try it now. See there, you can"t vì it. She could vì chưng it, though, and let me tell you, she could recite all the verses of the Bible. Oh no, not starting at Genesis. Starting bachồng there at Revelations and coming up to Genesis, backwards. And you know they tell me a heap of preachers can"t vì that. I ain"t never seen a preacher could, as a matter of fact. I always said, "Eloise ought to be in Hollywood." But you know that whole family was talented that a-way. Her brother August, August Stallnecker, he"s one arm but he was talented. I forget how he lost that left arm. It was either in a hay balin" accident or a oto accident. I know this it was an accident. He didn"t thua trận it on purpose, but you know his talent run to lớn trainin" dogs, và he had that great big ole rawboned bluetichồng hound called Leroy. He had -- he"s three-legged, Leroy was, and fortunately it was his left hind leg that was off & you know, it saved hyên a lot of trouble when he get up to lớn a stump or something. Well, I didn"t mean lớn bring that up, but you know, saving"s like that"s handy for a dog, but Leroy, now, he had that dog trained where he"d paông xã in a bucket of milk from out there to lớn the barn. Couldn"t milk it, but he could paông chồng it in once August had milked it, & August trained hyên ổn lớn paông chồng in wood, và he"d be setting there by the stove sầu, you know, & room, & he"d say, "Leroy, woodbox is gettin" empty," and old Leroy, that"s all he"d have sầu to say, old Leroy"d streak for that woodpile, you know, & he"d pick up a mouthful of kindlin" or stick"a stove sầu wood, but bein" a dog that a way, he didn"t have sầu judgment, and he couldn"t tell firewood from dynamite, & there was a road construction gang near there one time, and they left some dynamite layin" around, & old Leroy packed in a stiông chồng of it, put it in the woodbox, you know, "cause the dog didn"t know, Leroy didn"t mean nothing by it, & August thoughtless-like picked up that stiông chồng of dynamite, stuffed in the stove near as we can tell. Well, I tell you this, honey, it was one of the most interestin" funerals they ever had down here in Pear Orchard now. Because they never did find nothing but August"s left shoe & his foot was in it, left one, naturally, and you know this is where a funeral director always aggravates me. They wouldn"t -- when their family went down to the funeral parlor tryin" to lớn get a left shoe coffin, didn"t have nothing that wasn"t, couldn"t been much, you know there didn"t want a whole coffin, wanted part coffin, you know. No, he didn"t have one. "I"m sorry you have lớn take the whole thing," and they got away with selling that family a whole coffin and I just couldn"t help but be amused to lớn think that there wasn"t nothing but just a foot & a shoe in it, you know, at that there grave, it was wonderful funeral though. We never knowed what went with Leroy.

Studs Terkel But I"m thinking, you know, Johnny, one doesn"t know whether to laugh or cry with your tales. That"s the point, they -- I suppose that this is what"s known as I suppose Texas Gothic, but it"s that very point, isn"t it? It"s that division between laughter và tears, and as you talk about Mrs. Fanny -- Miss Fanny Rawlins. But wasn"t that Gurvis, Miss Fanny, didn"t she, didn"t you have a son named Gurvis?

John Henry Faulk Yes, that was her son Gurvis, is married lớn Eloise.

Studs Terkel Yeah.

John Henry Faulk Elouise had as smart a sister as you"ve ever seen, too. I"ll tell you that. "Oh, that little old Annie Lee, Stallnecker? Just as -- purtiest little ole thing, she had little ole yellow curls, you know, come all the way down khổng lồ her shoulders up "til she"s 12 years old, & she was out at the barn milking one morning? That they was a farmin" family, Bohemians mostly farmed down there at LaGrange, you know, and she was packing in two buckets of milk in full, và a thunderstorm come up, lightning struông chồng her right between the eyes. Soured both buckets of them milk, và you know give her a headache?

Studs Terkel What?

John Henry Faulk But worse"n than that, hit straight inkhổng lồ her. Just straight as a horse"s tail. Bless her little old heart, you know. She got up courtin" age, she put her hair up in curlers, paper curlers for as much as three weeks at a time, you know, and it"s so pitiful lớn see her try lớn get them curlers out and comb her hair, afore she could run a comb through it, it"d be straight as a horse"s tail. And it flattened her chest. Yes, sir. Bless her little old heart, her little old chest just did -- I don"t mean just flat-chested flat-chested; Honey, I"m talking about ironing board flat-chested. But let me tell you, them Bohemians just got get up và go in them now. That little old thing taught herself khổng lồ typewrite, và she got her job working down there at state highway department. There in Austin, and saved up her money, bought her a pair of foam-rubber bosoms. Bless goodness, it changed little old Annie Lee"s whole outlook on life from the front. Oh, my goodness, why, she"d come lớn church twiced on Sunday, a prayer meeting there Wednesday night you know, & takin" khổng lồ singing in the Methodist choir, and she didn"t have no more voice than a white-, but it was the bosoms, not the voice, you know? Yeah, she"d sit there, stand up thar you know, và I never will forget, she got to where she"d come lớn the third Thursday us ladies of the church, we"d vày quiltin"? To make money for the church, you know, and the preacher little old brother Brewer was down there, sweet little old Methodist preacher, and he come down hoorah with us ladies, well, Annie Lee was sittin" right behind me at the quiltin" frame and we"s sitting there quiltin", using them big old number nine needles you know, to run through the quilt, và as I say, she"s sitting a little bit behind me, Brother Brewer was in front of me hoorah & all of a sudden his jaw went slaông xã, sweat popped out on his head và his eyes started to roll bachồng & his tongue lolled out like a choked-down yearly, and I thought he is having a faintin" fit. And I said, "Brother Brewer, are you well?" And he said, "My God, I don"t know," và grabbed a door and went through it. Just went out the door. Turned my eyes and seen the whole thing right there. Annie Lee"d start using that left bosom as a pin cushion. Run that big old number nine needle in there, you know? Well, it hadn"t hurt her, but it had give sầu hyên ổn such a jolt."

Studs Terkel Well, Johnny, I was just thinking, another aspect of Miss Fannie Rawlins, this is the town of Pear Orchard.

John Henry Faulk Pear Orchard.

Studs Terkel You once told me about her feelings about violence & hippies, universities và

John Henry Faulk No, no, no, no. That wasn"t her, honey.

Studs Terkel That wasn"t her.

John Henry Faulk No, no, no. That was -- that was Miss Luella Luella Potten.

Studs Terkel Oh, I didn"t know.

John Henry Faulk Miss Potten.

Studs Terkel Miss Luella.

John Henry Faulk She was another capacious lady, she lives down in Pear Orchard too, & well, this was just the other day she was relating this incident to me, and I thought it was absolutely revealing. She said, oh I forget the occasion for me stopping by khổng lồ see her there in Pear Orchard, but she was standing out working in her garden, you know, they garden early down there, that section because the freezes stop in February, and I said something about, oh, pollution or something of the sort. And she got around lớn the matter of violence. Now, I don"t recall just how she did, but anyway, she said, "You know what"s creatin" the violence in America today? Hippies. These old long-haired dirty thing mustaches and beards are hanging down and they were beatin" on them old guitars you know & just a-carryin" on? And you know where they pickin" up all that violence there? Well, let me tell ya. My nephew Frank told me about it. Franklin was over there, he you know went over there to lớn Viet Nam. And he said he hadn"t been over there three hours seeing some of them Vietnamese, and he seen the whole connection. Them Vietnamese is all hippies. Whole country just loaded with them. He said grown men và women wearing them old tacky clothes, hair hanging down every direction, & going barefooted & out in a public street in front of their own children. No shame, you know. And Frank said here"s where the violence come in. He said he saw one of them tìm kiếm & destroy missions with his his buddy named Taber, hyên ổn & old Taber. You know he said them ash ships go over them little old villages they Hotline "em, you know, và they hit "em real good with that napalm and just burn the daylights out of "em, but a heap o" times it don"t burn "em all, và so hyên và Taber was a-going in there to get them that hadn"t been burned và says ain"t nothing, they hotline hyên hoochies. That"s what them people lives in, their hoochies. Said they just smelled lớn high heaven and said ain"t nothing but straw and shucks & such as that, just whatever they can get to lớn, you know, make "em a house out of. And Taber và Frank was a-going along burning them that hadn"t burnt down yet, you know, on that search and destroy thing. And he said he"s standing there just a-burning one of them, you know, và good breeze blowing, and all of a sudden Taber yelled, "Look out, Frank!" và he turned his head and hears one of them old Vietnamese hippie-type women khổng lồ come and runnin" out of one of them holes, you know, và her old face just contorted with hate, và she had a butcher knife in her hand or some such knife that was going khổng lồ stab Frank right in the baông chồng, & he had hurt Frank"s feelings. But thank goodness Taber got her right between the eyes, you know, và she went down, and here come one of them old grandpas, a pappy-san or whatever they call him, a-running out, and he snatched up that knife and he run. It -- Frank, and Frank got him with his service automatic. And then here"s where the violence comes in. He said the child couldn"t have been over 12 year old, come a-running out of that hole, come a-crawling out of that hole, và he run for that knife and said violence was just written in every line in that child"s face. Yes, sir. And Frank got hyên ổn too & left hlặng stacked up there like cord wood. And Frank said, said that violence that them hippies over there practice in Viet Nam says it"s what"s a-givin" these hippies all this violence over here, và thank goodness you know President Nixon and the Pentagon understand that violence business. And when they get done a-puttin" it down over there, they"re coming over here & put down a little bit of it too."

Studs Terkel Wow. Again we speak of John Henry Faulk as a chronicler, as an obVPS. There"s laughter all of a sudden, the shock of horrendous recognition. Whereas I"m thinking Johnny, all these in Pear Orchard, if we just wander about, you, you met a man named Bo. I remember you talking about Bo Harkins, a Rotary. He"s talking lớn Rotary.

John Henry Faulk Well, no, I was thinking about another, Rotary meeting is on on Tuesday. They have sầu Rotary on Tuesday và Kiwanis on Thursday. But they, they, one of my favorite people down there was one of the first people I met there. I was driving in town và I stopped at a little filling station grocery store combination. And Ben Rutledge was sitting in a hide-bottomed chair reared up against the wall of his little establishment, & I started to lớn, pulled up lớn in front, & he thought I wanted gas, he started to get up và I said, "No, I don"t want gasoline. I just want some directions." Well, his little boy was playing with a double-barreled shotgun, a little child 8 years old. Double-barrel 16-gauge shotgun. And he was looking down the business over of it, and that rather startled me, although having guns in Texas or anywhere in the South, I understand that Ramsey Clark said the other day that there are more guns in the South per capita than anywhere else on the face of the earth. But it did startle me lớn see a 12-year-old -- eight-year-old child playing with a full-form size shotgun. At any rate, I told Ben not lớn get up, I just wanted directions khổng lồ the county courthouse, and a warm smile came over his face and he didn"t move sầu a muscle, said, "Well, thank goodness. I can give sầu you instructions a heap cheaper"n I can give you gasoline, an" easier, too. I can tell you just how khổng lồ get there. You go right on down here -- just a minute. Elbert, now, I"ve sầu told you honey, quit playing with that shotgun. And don"t be a-looking down it, I"ve sầu done told you it was loaded. You can"t see by looking down the barrel from that end whether it"s loaded or not, it"s dark down there. Now, Elbert, quit it. Put it down, I told you a thous& times put down that shotgun, quit playin" with it. All right, you go blow your head off your shoulders, and your mama wear you out. Elbert, now put it down. P-U, however you spell it, down. Put it down, now Elbert. I didn"t say point it at me. Put it down! I swear he"s killed every chicken on the place almost, blowed two holes through the roof already. There"s nothing to make hyên happy "cept play with that shotgun. Now Elbert, put it down. No, not at that man, don"t you point at that man in the oto, he"ll get mad at ya. Now, put it down. There you go, right on down the road here khổng lồ the third red light and you turn left, and that"s the courthouse. That light might be green when you get there."

Studs Terkel Let"s hold off on Bo Harkins for a minute, because this reminded me, reminded me of something else that you were talking here about -- what was I thinking of, there"s so many -- well, it"s your town. It"s your, it"s your community.

John Henry Faulk Well, did I ever tell you about Congressman Guffaw that lives down

Studs Terkel No, no, you haven"t.

John Henry Faulk Congressman Guffaw is the favorite son, being the only son of that congressional district. And I heard about hlặng long before I ever met the good gentleman because I know there"s a number of people down there that don"t care for hyên ổn at all, that say he"s rather backward và he"s about five sầu foot high and about that wide, he"s got jowls on hyên kind of like a Pol& Đài Loan Trung Quốc shoat. And his eyes when he gets excited bug out lượt thích a bull yearling looking at a new gate, but otherwise they"re enfolded in considerable flesh on his face & there are those that say Congressman Guffaw is very much lượt thích a baby mockingbird: a whole lot of mouth & very little bird. But on the occasion that I met hlặng, they were having a big homecoming for hyên down at Walnut Springs near Pear Orchard. All the community gathered, you know, politics are big affairs down there, it"s more of a social affair really than it is a political affair, especially what Congressman Guffaw furnished the barbecue không lấy phí và all the sodomain authority water they could drink, & the whole community was down there & they backed a truchồng up with red, White & blue bunting around it under the shade of a big spreading pecan tree và the local political leader in that area got up và said it"s, "Everybody toàn thân come in cthất bại now, because we"re going to have words of wisdom that"ll affect the lives of every man, woman và child in this congressional district. Our nhân vật is baông chồng, baông xã from the wars in Washington. That great mind, that Atlas of integrity, that Gibraltar of intellect, I give sầu you now Congressman John Guffaw." Well, Congressman Guffaw got up & he spread his arms out in kind of a semicircle and oozed sweetness, he said, "Feller Texans, ooh, I could just reach out & hug và kiss every one of you & back down in Pear Orchard with the people I love. Uh, you know my wife often teases me và says, "John, you love sầu those people too much. You sacrifice too hard for those people down in Pear Orchard. You"re going lớn wear yourself out before your time." And I tell her, Mae, you can"t love sầu the good people of Pear Orchard too much. They"re the salt of the earth." You know I"m not down here just to lớn talk nonsense today. I"m down here to lớn talk about burning vital issues. You know, my opponents have sầu attacked me, và they"ve attacked me correctly. They"ve sầu said, "John Guffaw loves the American flag too much. John Guffaw worships the Bible too much. John Guffaw honors motherhood too much." I plead guilty. I"m guilty of that, yes. I"m old-timey American because I happen khổng lồ believe sầu that"s the way that people in Pear Orchard want it. But I"m down here to lớn talk about burning vital issues today. I"m down here to tell you exactly where America stands today, and what issues I stvà on and why I stand there on them, và you know they often accuse me of not being candid and direct. Well, I will hope some of my opponents are out there in the audience today, although I only see faces that I love sầu, because I want them to lớn hear it right out of the horse"s mouth today. You know I have been accused by my friends. They say, "John, you"re too honest with people, you"re too straight-forward. You can"t afford, you got lớn the shade the truth a little." I said, "I"m sorry, I can"t. I come from Pear Orchard, and I learned the truth a long time ago at the knee of that old mother of mine right there in Pear Orchard." Oh motherhood, motherhood, the sweethử nghiệm name I know. Feller Americans, good Texans, neighbors in Pear Orchard. I sometimes think that the Almighty in His divine wisdom when He saw fit to create in the most perfect work on Earth, selected this paradise on Earth, the Lone Star State of Texas, and He came to lớn this garden of Eden on Earth, Pear Orchard, Texas. And He caught the gold from the Texas sunrise và the perfume from the Texas Blue Bonnet, our state flower. And He caught the sweekiểm tra notes from the throat of the Texas mockingbird, our state bird, and He compounded và molded them all together into that quintessence of sweetness, into that epitome of all virtue, my mother. Now, folks, I"ve enjoyed this little visit with you today. Don"t notoàn thân leave the barbecue grounds unless I"ve sầu had a chance to shake your hands. I love y"all."

Studs Terkel I"m thinking of Congressman Guffaw, one of his constituents. I know there"s horticulture is there. I was thinking of Miss Effie, Miss Effie McDoo--

John Henry Faulk Svào supporter of his. You see, the Pear Orchard Garden Club meets the third Thursday of each month. Dynamic group, & on the occasion that I was invited khổng lồ go, they had Miss Effie McDoo as their principal speaker, because it was a long and spring and the sweet pea plantin" time & she is the sweet pea authority, & when she got up, the chair-- chairwoman introduced her. I fell in love with her because she was a huge soul, with great bosoms that bulged out toward the audience and she had pince nez glasses on the left extremity of one, and she put them on her nose, bless her heart and they"d fall off, và the only thing that was broader than her smile as she got up was her bosoms. "Girls of Magnolia Garden Club! It"s such a joy & a pleasure to be with you, but it"s more than that. It"s a challenge và an adventure because I don"t believe that braver and newer things, more dramatic things are being done in anybody"s beds anywhere than are being done right here in the Garden Club girls" beds. I know why you all asked me to lớn come, you wanted me lớn speak on my sweet peas, cause my has to be sweet peas everywhere I go, they can"t culture sweet peas, can"t culture sweet peas. It"s true that my old tacky raggedy sweet peas didn"t win a number of first prizes and Governor Chivas you know back in 1953 said, "Every time I think of Effie McDoo I think of a sweet pea." I thought that was so sweet of hlặng. Girls, I"m not going lớn talk about culture sweet peas today. I"m going lớn talk about something that I think is far more important, something that is far more pertinent khổng lồ the welfare of the sweet pea. I"m going to talk about the civil rights of sweet peas. A lot of "em can say "Well, what in the world is civil rights sweet peas? Girls, the sweet peas" civil rights are threatened today. You hear about civil rights all the time? Sweet pea civil rights are threatened by whom? Two words explain the whole thing: Supreme Court. You"re gonna say, "Well great goodness alive, Supreme Court hadn"t been down here stomping around your sweet pea beds, have they? Have sầu to tell you a story, girls, và you"ll have lớn bear with me a minute. All of you that know me very well know that I have sầu this wonderful old yard man I"ve sầu had for the last 35 years, Uncle Cy, one of those grand old darkies you know that just know how to vày, and vày and vày, và my husband"s often teased me and said, "Well, you ought to lớn give Uncle Cy part of the first prizes you win for your sweet peas "cause he knows more about sweet peas than you vị," & it"s true that Uncle Cy does know a lot about sweet, did know a lot about sweet peas. He also knew that I had a sweet pea neuroses.

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You see, I lượt thích lớn have my sweet peas in the ground the week before Christmas. I know a lot of you girls don"t put "em in ground "til late February, but I want my sweet peas in the ground the week before Christmas. I like for "em lớn be asleep when Santy Claus comes. Well, Uncle Cy knew that. And for 35 years, the day before, week before Christmas, Uncle Cy came, got those sweet peas in the ground, I didn"t have a thing in the world khổng lồ worry about. Last year, a week before Christmas came, sweet pea day, và no Uncle Cy. Well, of course I had a thousand and one things khổng lồ worry about, there was no Uncle Cy there, I asked my maid, I said, my cook, I said, "Mabel, where in the world is Uncle Cy, he knows he"s supposed khổng lồ be here by daylight, and he"s not here even yet, and it"s an hour after daylight, you know, I"m just impatient." And she just looked at me very calmly & said, "Well, law, Miss Effie, haven"t you heard? Uncle Cy passed away in late October." Well, girls, I was shocked. I was shocked & dismayed, because he certainly hadn"t sent word lớn me lớn that effect. But of course as good as you are to lớn them,, you know, they will disappoint you. I don"t suppose Lee"s thrown away an old pair of shoes or an old suit of clothes in the last 25 years that Uncle Cy didn"t get first bid on, you know. But I decided right then & there that if he was going lớn treat me that way that I wasn"t going khổng lồ be defeated. I don"t come from old Southern pioneer stoông xã for nothing. So I just went to telephone, I called the county agent & I said, "I want to lớn know where there"s a man that knows something about gardening và sweet peas," và so he said, told me about a young man out here, he said he"d been lớn agricultural school và all is there, & he lived over in the colored part of town. But I just got in the oto, I didn"t have sầu a chauffeur that day, but I drove out there myself. Just took my life in my hands, and drove sầu out there & I finally am you know, the roads are so ruddy and everything và not fit khổng lồ drive a oto over, but I just drove sầu out there to the house, và here was this man named Will something, anyway he was sitting there with his wife and his 10 or 12 pickaninnies around hyên ổn, you know, lượt thích all . And I asked hyên if he was the one, and he said yes, he had taken an agricultural course & he"d been trying to lớn get work, và I said, well, explained about my sweet peas to lớn hyên ổn, he said well, he"d come tomorrow morning, I said, "Oh no you won"t. You"ll go back with me right now. Those sweet peas are going in the ground a week before Christmas, & this is the week before Christmas. So he said all right, so he got in the car, came back with me and everything, và girls, when he got out there in my garden, I don"t know whether you"ve sầu ever had the exhilarating experience of having someone in your beds that knew exactly what they were doing. But I was, I tell you I was just thrilled to death. He was an expert. Oh, yes, he went about it you know and just a-sawin the , haulin" the mulch và all that, I was just beside myself, I just couldn"t think of anything else, went around the house singing and talk, I know everytoàn thân thought I"d -- crazy neighbors. I went khổng lồ piano & played, you know, I was going lớn be a concert pianist when I was down at , they -- Beethoven và Wagner, all those big musicians came through there and urged me lớn continue with my musical career because I did have a talent for the piano. But of course, when one gets married, you know, they don"t always care about the career. Home comes first. With us Southern ladies at any rate. And -- but I went to lớn piano, I played Wagner"s "To An Evening Star," just a lot of classical music you know. Everytoàn thân could hear it, I just, well I just was beside myself, I was just happy. End of the day came, young man came in, I saw, noticed that he hadn"t gotten the frames up & hadn"t gotten the peas in the ground yet, he"d gotten their beds all laid and everything phối, và you know, I have righted a half-acre of sweet pea beds, & he came in though, came out of the kitchen door, and said he needed his money for that day, và I said, "Well, you haven"t got the peas in yet," và he said, well he"d come first thing in the morning get them in, and get the frames up, you know, and so I just looked in my purse and got the money out, you know, thoughtlessly and gave sầu hlặng his money và I said, "Well, I"ll pay you now but you be sure you bachồng here at daylight now." Well, girls, he stood there và he looked at that 50 cent piece và that quarter, then he looked up at me with just defiance in his eyes, said, "Madam, is this my day"s pay?" And in all innocence I said, "Well, why, why yes, I"m giving you a little bonus today." Because I"d never had given Cy but 50 cents, you know, he"d been happy with it. All a sudden, his nostrils flared, his eyes widened, he flung that money on the floor right in front of me. Said "Madam, I believe you need money worse than I vày." And turned around, flung out the door. Slammed the door in my face! Well girls, needless to say, I was there alone. I almost fainted. I had khổng lồ grab a chair khổng lồ keep from fallin" on the floor. You know I"d heard of this "Black Power" and these Blaông xã Panthers và everything, I never expected khổng lồ be confronted in my own trang chính you know, with violence and that sets the, well we"d had, you know, I"d heard of violence and that sort of thing, I know we had a big -- oh, what vị you Gọi those things? Where they lynch, lynchin" thing down there when I was a little girl and everything, but I never had really confronted violence before right my own trang chủ. Well, I was sittin" there still shaken when Lee came home page, & I was careful to lớn tell him. You know, I didn"t want khổng lồ get him excited because you know he"s very, very Southern about those things. And I was afraid he"d just get a gun & go out and bởi some shootin". But I told him the story, và khổng lồ my surprise he just sat there & drummed his fingers on the table, và I said, "Lee what"s the matter with you?" He said, "Well honey, I could"ve sầu told you that was going khổng lồ happen." And I said, "Could a told me what was going to happen?" He said, "Honey, don"t you know you -- that Supreme Court up there in Washington, D.C. that passed that rule about colored people and trắng people goin" to school together? Don"t you know that rule hadn"t got nothin" to vày with colored people and white people goin" to lớn school together? That rule has khổng lồ vì chưng with people, these Blacks not working for six bits a day no mo". Uncle Cy is dead & gone. You might as well forget about it. He"ll never be bachồng again. You"ll never get anybody toàn thân work six bits a day for you any mo"." Well, girls, I was shocked, & I looked at Lee and I said, "Lee, where in the world is red-blooded American manhood today? Where are the old values in America today that such a thing as a Supreme Court is allowed lớn run loose in this country?" He looked at me & he said, "Well honey, I don"t know what you talked about. I don"t know what you think we can vì about it. Us men folks can"t vì nothing. Now, what would you lượt thích for me to do about the Supreme Court?" And I said, "Well I think the least thing you men, if you have sầu any respect for the flag, if you have sầu any respect for freedom, would get together & deport "em!" Well girls, he looked at the floor a minute, then he looked up at me & he said, "Honey, that"s just the hell of it. The Supreme Court has pulled the same stunt that old Roosevelt & all that crowd pulled, these old radicals pulled, they come here and get theirselves born, & you can"t deport "em." So girls, I don"t have sầu sweet peas this year, I"m not sure I"m gonmãng cầu put on any sweet peas again until I know that the civil rights of sweet peas will be protected. Thank you."

Studs Terkel That"s Miss Effie McDoo. She lives in Pear Orchard, but doesn"t Pear Orchard have sầu a dissenter, too living. I remember you told me about someone who said he was not part of the silent majority. Involving

John Henry Faulk Oh, it"s got a lot of dissenters. Hasn"t this country got a lot of dissenters? And let me tell you something, Studs, I don"t call dissenters dissenters. I hotline them truth seekers. It"s a very fascinating thing about our society that the thing that gave it its distinction, its originality, the thing that those men in 1787 brought inkhổng lồ being there in Philadelphia, our founding fathers, was a không tính phí society, a society in which men could express opinions, not be described as dissenters but be described as talkers, of building of building an igiảm giá union, a society you see, & it"s a mark of our period that the word "dissent" has become a pejorative sầu word, because khổng lồ me it"s the highest . Do you know that women would never have voted in this country if there had not been dissenters? Do you know that there wouldn"t -- the Blacks would never have been freed from this hideous, sinful, blachồng crime against man called slavery had there not been dissension? Dissenters?

Studs Terkel The abolitionists.

John Henry Faulk Do you know there would never have sầu been a United States of America had there not been dissenters? So it"s a word that"s very honored in my lexibé, but there are dissenters in Pear Orchard.

Studs Terkel I was thinking of this one, I can"t think of his name in Pear Orchard. They, he was asked to put a bumper sticker on.

John Henry Faulk Oh, yes. Oh, oh, I know who you"re talking about now. Frank Oatman. Mr. Frank Oatman. Mr. Frank Oatman"s in his 60s, & khổng lồ see Mr. Frank Oatman, you"d say well, this is a weatherbeaten dairyman farmer that has stood the worst vicissitudes of the Depression bachồng in the "30s. He came through it as he said without even a pair of socks and there are no drawers to lớn wear. He"s not bad off now, he"s doing pretty well, but he was telling me the other day when I encountered hyên down there in furniture store right across from Crawford"s feed store in Pear Orchard there on the courthouse square. A car went by with two or three flags on the antenna và a bumper sticker saying "America: Love sầu It Or Leave sầu It." And I noticed Mr. Frank looking at it, eyeing it, & his eyes kind of narrowed, and he spit out into lớn the gutter. Then I said, "What"s the matter? You know that man?" He said, "No, I don"t know hyên ổn, but I don"t lượt thích hyên ổn. Johnny, you know my nephew down at my house here the other day. Come down there, he had six bumper stickers on his oto. "America: Love It Or Leave It." And I says, "Ernest, you know what them bumper stickers say?" He says, "Yeah, they say "America: Love sầu It Or Leave sầu It." I said, "That ain"t what they mean, though, is it?" He says, "You"re darn tootin" it"s what it mean, I"ll knock a man"s teeth down his throat don"t love America." I said, "That ain"t what they mean at all. They mean, by George, "You better agree with me or I"ll stomp the daylights out of you." And that ain"t what America means at all. America means everybody toàn thân can hold what opinion he wants khổng lồ and st& unmolested before the law. Frank -- Ernie looked at me và said, "Well, now wait a minute. By George, you sound like one of them old left-wingers or old troublemakers or some such." He said, I said, "Well, I am a troublemaker. I"m getting tired of you và old Agnew & old Nixon are trying to lớn cram that kind of idiocy down the American people"s throat. Just gettin" good & tired of it. It makes me fightin" mad!" He said, "You better be careful, by George. They"ll get word of you up there in Washington, D.C. & come down here and take care of you." I said, "Well, I"m just liable khổng lồ take care of some of them, và you phone your frikết thúc J. Edgar Hoover, a weak-minded thing a-going around a-peeking in on everybody. Creatin" all kind of devilment. Tell hyên ổn to lớn come on down here. Let me tell you something, Ernie. I want you to lớn get this through your head with all those idiotic signs on your car. Old man Nixon and old man Agnew come to me two year ago, và they said "Mr. Voter, please elect us. We know how to lớn drive sầu this American bus better than anybody toàn thân does. We know the road to lớn peace and prosperity. We"ll drive along so smooth won"t jolt nobody." By George, we give hyên ổn the job and they got under the steering wheel & they started driving. Now that they"re off down there and don"t know where the roads at và are taking all kind of bumps và curves và they hittin" every chughole that comes along, joltin" the daylights out of me và my wife and children, scarin" my neighbors to death, I reach up và tap hyên on the shoulder and say "Nixon, get back up there where you said you was gonmãng cầu drive sầu that on that smooth road." I don"t want hyên nor don"t want his friover Mr. Agnew a-turning around và saying "Get off the bus if you don"t lượt thích my drivin," "cause it happens lớn be my bus too, Ernie. This American bus is my bus just as much as it is Mr. Hoover"s or the Pentagon boys or the whole shootin" matches of "em. And I don"t take no lip off of none of them. They don"t -- they"re the ones that can get out from under the driver"s seat any time they want to, và I"d welcome their resignation. By the way, Ernie, when you"re writin" to lớn Mr. Hoover or Mr. Nixon, you be sure & tell them that they might have sầu a silent majority, but it"s minus one now, namely me."

Studs Terkel You know what we haven"t -- in your town I know there"s a great giảm giá khuyến mãi of talk about this as in every town, this is Pear Orchard you"re talking about. talking about child raising and child rearing. I"m thinking of Aunt Edith, I think this is -- out of, before Spock"s book came out, before he was -- Spoông xã rather became known for other matters, you

John Henry Faulk No, as a matter of fact that"s very interesting, because it was Spochồng that sprung this whole thing. I went out lớn see this lady that I điện thoại tư vấn Aunt Edith actually, she"s not my aunt at all, but everyone calls her Aunt Edith. Aunt Edith Matloông xã, and Aunt Edith lives outside of town a piece on a farm, và I was carrying a book of Spock"s on child-raising home to my wife. You know, we have a baby there at trang chủ và as my family all says down there in Texas, it"s the only child born under Medicare in the state of Texas. A reference to my age, folks. At any rate at any rate , I"s taking this book of Spock"s home page, and Aunt Edith"s sitting there in a rocking chair on the front porch at her trang chủ when I stopped by khổng lồ get some roasting ears from her, và I said, she said something about the book và I said, "Well this is a book on child-raising. Have sầu you heard of Spochồng on child raise?" "I sure have, honey. Oh yes, I have sầu. You know, my sister tried to cram that thing down my throat, this business of child-raising. It"s what"s ruined America today is all this here scientific business on child-raising. You know my little -- my first boy, Ashford, little old Ash, was sweethử nghiệm little old thing, he was my first child, & a lot of my family my sister said, "Well, you ought to get you a book lớn raise Dash by." I said, no such a thing. I"ve got a book, the Holy Bible. That"s all I ever raised hlặng by. And when Dash was three và a half years old, little old Claudie was born. We called hyên Tootsie Man. And Lee my husb& used to just love sầu khổng lồ tease Dash, he"d say, "Well, we don"t need you no more, we got another baby now. And we"d just throw you lớn the hogs if you keep a-cutting up like that. And oh, it"d make old Dash so mad you know, he"d just butt his little old head on the floor và turned blaông chồng, you know. And I"d give sầu hlặng a wearing out fer it, I"d give sầu hyên a good whooping fer it. And my sister said, "Now you got to develop a high temper in that child. But you know Dash would, was sweet little old thing, he"d, but he always had it in for Claudie somehow or another when Claudie was just a baby. Dash, if he could get at him, he"d tear hyên ổn up. He hit hyên across the left ear with a pine knot one time lượt thích taking poor little old Claudie"s left ear off. And Lee come trang chủ & said, "Well, sir, now you"ve sầu just carried it too fer, young man," & Dash was about four years old, and said, "We"re gonna carry you out there and loông chồng you up in that corn crib & let them old gray rats eat you." And oh, Dash just carried on, you know, he is a big put-on. He just acted like he"s gonna have sầu faintin" fits, and he yelled and he turned purple in the face. Lee picked hyên ổn up, carried hlặng out there, though. Locked hyên up in the corn crib, we tried to go to bed that night và you couldn"t sleep in this part of the county. Oh, Dash was just screaming & a-yelling and it carried on. Rattling that corn crib, you know, và making such a racket. So I told Lee, I said I can"t get no sleep that young "un a-carryin" on lượt thích that. Lee went out there và gave sầu hyên ổn a good whooping & brung hyên ổn in, and made hyên sleep on the floor without no blankets, you know. And Dash, he, the next day he still couldn"t eat that, you know he"s just showing off, he"s gonmãng cầu pout about it, you know, & all that . But you know, when my sister said, what you gonna see, you better get you a book and raise that young "un by. I said, "Don"t you worry, I know what I"m a-doing. And little old Dash, he"d just, oh you know, he was a smart child. Honey he was smart. By the time that child"s six years old, he told his ABCs all the way down to lớn LMN. And when he was seven he started school. Over at the Magnolia schoolhouse? And Lee had that old cripple-leg mule, that mule, called hyên Pete, and Dash would ride over there to lớn Magnolia schoolhouse, it"s just a little old schoolhouse, you know two-room schoolhouse, & they didn"t have toilets for the boys, the boys all went to the bushes, và girls had the nhà wc. And Dash would come trang chính from school ridin" that mule every afternoon. And it"s 5 miles over, you know, và he would be a-cryin, he"d be a-squallin", you know, và we"d say, "What"s the matter, sugar?" And he"d say them old big boys jumped on hyên ổn and slapped his little jaws "til his ears rung. So Lee told hyên one time, Lee -- one night Lee just got tired of it. He said, "Now, tell you what. I"m going to lớn give sầu you my Dallas special. A Dallas special, honey, I don"t know whether you"re ever seen them or not, but they"re a, they"re a skinning knife. Got a long sharp blade and you press a button & throw the blade its a, it carries lượt thích a pocket knife, but if you press a button it"ll throw a blade for you about six inches, seven inches long. And Lee just sharpened that just as sharp as a piano, ooh, he got it this sharp, you know, and showed little Dash how khổng lồ press that button & throw that blade without cuttin" his little fingers with it, you know, and said, "Now, them old boys jump you tomorrow, I want you to lớn cut "em và cut "em good deep." And bless his heart, little old Dash went ridin" off lớn school the next morning, he was the proudest little old thing. And sure enough, at recess time them two oldest Oatman boys & that old Simpson boy, Grover Simpson, you know. Now, Grover"s his own third cousin. But they all a heap bigger than Dash, and Dash was a-going to the bushes, and he always had a weak bladder. Don"t never say anything lớn Dash if you see hyên, but you know Dash never could -- he wet the bed "til he was almost grown. Never could break hisself off of it. I"d whoop him & everything else, but at any rate, he was started to the bushes, và Grover và them backed hlặng up again the wall và started slapping his little jaws. Just slapping his little jaws good and his little ears started ringing. Well, sir, Dash didn"t say a thing. Just run his h& in his little pocket. Got that knife out, throwed that blade & he started slicin" on "em. Oh, he cut "em và he cut "em good, oh, he just cut the daylights out of "em, it was just -- he just cut "em -- và surprised them. He cut that old, one of them oldest Oatman boys plumb lớn the holler, you know, they had to lay hyên ổn on his baông chồng or his entrails would have sầu dropped out just like the hogs at hog-killin" time, and he cut his own cousin. Left arm, all the ligaments loose in his left arm. Now, that was 33, no, 34 year ago. And you go down to that Sinclair station there in Pear Orchard where Grover"s working now and he still runs that station, but he ain"t cthua kém that left hvà "til this day, all them fingers is all pulled bachồng. Never did get the ligaments tied baông xã together. When Dash come home, he was the proudest little old thing, had blood all over hlặng, but he"d just come home page. He"s so proud of hisself he couldn"t see straight, and Lee was proud of hyên, too. And my sister said, "Well, you gonmãng cầu see, he"s gonna turn out bad. You ought lớn study a book or something on raising children. But Dash turned out just as good, you know, bless his little old heart. He always had a high temper, & I know when he phối the church house on fire, everytoàn thân blamed me fer it. Said I taught hlặng that . Dash knowed what he was doing. He was mad at the Sunday school teacher, & I think when you get mad you"ve got a right to lớn bởi something to lớn show you"re mad, you know, you don"t want khổng lồ suppress madness. And Dash turned out real good now, a lot of people said well, he ain"t a-gonna turn out, he"s gonmãng cầu turn out this way và that way. Dash is up there you know in the eastern part of Louisiamãng cầu. He was a-working on the railroad up there, he was a section trùm on the railroad, but he ain"t no more. He"s, he"s quit all that now. He"s got an executive position. He"s head of the Ku Klux Klan in all that section up there now. The Grand Kleagle or whatever they call it for the whole thing."

Studs Terkel John Henry Faulk, as you"re talking we suddenly realize that -- we suddenly we have sầu realized all the way that these are grotesqueries that you offer. At the same time, these horrendous truths about the aspects of man, what can happen, you know. This is all in Pear Orchard. Perhaps a couple of more people before we leave your community. I was thinking of Bo Hawk -- Bo Harkins và Aunt

John Henry Faulk No, I haven"t told you about Cousin Ed Snodgrass.

Studs Terkel What about him?

John Henry Faulk Cousin Ed Snodgrass is an old gentleman that has always fascinated me since I first met hyên there in Pear Orchard. He had a sign up, it"s rathertell faded now, but you see the -- during World War II, they phối an army camp up near Pear Orchard, & soldiers came from all over the parts, all parts of the country down there, và Cousin Ed heard that Yankees were coming, & he put a sign up that they"d have Yankee soldiers down there, và he put a sign up and said, "Yankee, beware. Robert E. Lee might a give up, but I ain"t." And this rather epitomized his whole approach to lớn life. Nothing had happened since 1860 really that pleased hyên, although he had been born much after that, he still lived in the dream of the Confederacy, and this always fascinates me, you know, Studs, that one can live in that period và in any way glorify a period, the most dismal và hideous period of our national history really. But he did, & he lived it true. But he"s also up khổng lồ date. He reads, he listens to lớn radio, stays abreast things, & I went down to see hyên ổn the other day, and he was leaning back on his hide-bottomed chair there on his front porch looking out under his Chinaberry tree in the front yard as he always is. I said, "Cousin Ed, what"s been happening that pleases you?" "Nuthin"!" I said, "Well, I"m sorry to hear that Cousin Ed, you mean the world"s still headed for hell in a haông xã lượt thích it was the last time I talked to you?" "Worse than that, Johnny. I"ll tell you what"s the matter with America today. Its all this carryin" on. A people a-criticizing và a-carryin" on." I said, "Well now, wait a minute, Cousin Ed, don"t you believe in the right lớn dissent?" "Of course I believe sầu in the right lớn dissent. Its a sacred American right. Mr. Nixon, Mr. Agnew believe sầu in the right to lớn dissent. What we"ve sầu got khổng lồ put a stop lớn is criticism. Criticize, criticize, criticize. Why can"t these old critics leave sầu the Pentagon alone and let it fight its war in peace? If they want lớn criticize somebody toàn thân, let them go there Viet Nam, criticize that bunch of heathens over there. Look how two-faced & hypocritical they"ve been acting. Johnny, for the last 15 years, that Ho Chi Meany and Hadanoy, Veet Kong crowd been saying "Get the foreigners out of Viet Nam, get the foreigners out of Viet Nam." Just last week I seen a picture of some of "em on television. Johnny, they the foreignest-looking outfits I ever laid eyes on. But these old critics don"t pay no mind to that, peaceniks và doves & peace sign carryin" preachers. "Stop the War in Viet Nam." They"re ignorant! It"s I-G, I-G how the hell ever you spell it ignorance that"s a-ruinin America, Johnny. These old critics, "Half-Bright" as I hotline that senator up there in Washington by God. Just, just ignorant! It"s downright ignorance. I know, because I was ignorant on Viet Nam myself. "Til I heared a sermon by Billy Gramê mẩn, and he had opened my heart. And then I heared a speech by Mr. Nixon, President Nixon explainin" that Viet Nam thing, and that opened my mind. By George, I decided I wasn"t going khổng lồ be ignorant no more, I went và got me a geography book and looked it up. I went lớn a little trouble, that"s more than these old peaceniks will vày, and I seen right there where the peaceniks and all such as that is just ignorant. Viet Nam ain"t in Cuber; it"s way the hell & gone over yonder in a place called Asier. And what does that tell you about Vietnamese people? They"re Asian foreigners, and it"s in scriptures or it"s in Shakespeare somewhere where an Asian foreigner is a most undependable type you could come across. Can"t depover on them for shucks! Well, the Pentagon knows that. Mr. Nixon knows that. We"ve got khổng lồ bomb them. You can"t depkết thúc on them to lớn bomb theyselves. Well, you can"t even depover on that crowd to fight each other, less you stay there và keep their mind on their Christian duty night and day. No, they"d a quit fightin" long ago. Been down there workin" around them rice paddies và such as that. They"re undependable. We go where, spent ten thousand dollars. Johnny, more than that, 10 million dollars, of rice, trying to get shed of the rice. And they"re out the next morning to plant it. By daybreak. They don"t care what it costs taxpayers of America. Oh, Johnny, you can"t depkết thúc, I"m just ask yourself this: If we wasn"t bombing them, who would be? No, they"re like, Johnny, you were raised a Christian. Put it khổng lồ yourself this way: If Jesus Christ was over there in Viet Nam today, our Savior was over there, would he be down in them bamboo thickets & them rice paddies with a bunch of half-naked heathens? People that wouldn"t come khổng lồ church if you sent "em an engraved invitation? People that don"t even spover -- spell - speak the English language, the language the Holy Bible was wrote in? Or would Jesus be up in them B-52s and them Phantom bombers with them fine Christian boys it"s been to lớn church over here in America and know the love of God & know what lớn bởi when they get over those villages with that napalm & git that, that press that button, boy?"

Studs Terkel What Mark Twain was talking about, this is John Henry Faulk, I think it"s in direct lineage.