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Earlier this week, I featured a clip the Joe Pyne television show from the 1960s.  Clips from his and William F Buckley’s shows demonstrate why many of today’s Americans over 50 are quite tired of all the leftist antics of the past 45 years.  Today’s clips below demonstrate yet another reason why.  I admire Pyne’s remarkable patience in the first few segments.  Here is a television host who served with the Marines in the Second World War and ended up with a wooden leg because of a rare form of cancer.  Could a war injury have brought it on?

Before the Vietnam War, few men thought of being a draft resister.  Suddenly, in the mid- to late 1960s, there were loads.  People like my late maternal grandfather, also a discreet Joe Pyne fan, couldn’t understand why these guys didn’t sign up.  My paternal grandmother said that agitators must have got to them.  She was angry, too.  Yet, before I get any accusations of my family being ‘right wingers’, let me say that they voted Democrat in every election.  Today, searching for that ‘D’ on the ballot can be ill-advised.

This show is from 1965.Watch Joe Pyne patiently explain, beginning halfway through this first segment, to Stanley Kohls how the Viet Cong bombed villages without warning and why the South Vietnamese leader at the time was a good one:  ‘Why else would 1 million people migrate there from the North?’  Right or wrong, you decide.  But, hear him out — and wait until the end of the post …

Kohls mentions Bertrand Russell as an inspiration at the 3:17 mark, but Pyne is right on top of it:

The audience weigh in on Kohls.  At 1:54 a woman lets him have it.  Kohls gets hostile (notice his mention of the Manchester Guardian!) and Pyne’s patience begins to wear thin:

Compare and contrast the views of the audience members and Pyne against Kohls’s progressive talking points, the same ones we hear today (at the time this was filmed, there had been a draft since time immemorial — no volunteers or Selective Service as there is today):

But this next one is the kicker — a Hungarian immigrant totally dismantles Kohls, going so far as to suggest that he leaves the United States.  Kohls, citing an article in the Saturday Evening Post, replies that Hungary in the mid-1960s was freer and more democratic than before.  (Yuri Bezmenov’s propagandists must have been excellent back in those days.)  The Hungarian looks on in bemusement:

You may wonder what happened to Kohls.  Here he is in living colour, a proud atheist (note the Che t-shirt!):

To which P G Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster probably would have said, ‘Say no more, Jeeves.  Say no more.’

Indeed, sir. 

I do wonder, however, if Kohls ever revealed his atheism to the Friends (Quakers) organisation with which he wanted to work.

For more information on Joe Pyne, read:

Tulsa TV memories

Classic Television Showbiz

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