12 thoughts on “Sgt. Friday knew”

    1. Clete: I love ya, man, but that is the most irrelevant and lamest comeback I’ve ever heard. It would have been better to say nothing at all.

      Sometimes silence is truly golden.

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      1. Irrelevant? How so? This guy is preaching the virtues of a country he was too chickensh*t to defend. And of course the young men receiving the lecture are in hot water because they were protesting the Viet Nam war. A war, like more than a few others, the US has no business getting involved in.

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        1. It is irrelevant, Clete, because Jack Webb was an actor. In this clip he is mouthing a script written by others. Whatever background Webb had — and I’ll take your word that his war record was less than stellar — it has absolutely nothing to do with the message of this script off the old TV series. What’s interesting is the incredible relevance of the MESSAGE, the SCRIPT. It has nothing to do with the personal history of the actor.

          Nice try though.

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          1. Actually oldtimer, Webb was also the creator AND producer. So he heavily influenced both the MESSAGE and the SCRIPT. And the message in this particular case was the typical right wing REACTION to people who disagreed with the GOVERNMENT which at that time was escalating a war that shouldn’t have been fought. People can love their country but dislike its government. Because they protest government policies does not mean they are not patriotic. Because they seek change in the status quo does not mean they hate their country.

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  1. Great, great stuff. These words were never more relevant. Only thing I didn’t quite get, is he referring to the discovery of the country? At the end of the clip he mentions”400 years” as the success of the country.

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    1. Mark: The relevance to today is indeed incredible, proving once again that things stay the same more than not, and that history repeats itself over and over. This, of course, is because most people know squat about history. Ignorance is a perilous thing, but people embrace it daily.

      His reference to 400 years is a reference, I’m guessing, to the discovery of the New World, not the specific founding of the United States.

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  2. Makes you wonder. If this (the youth of the day knowing it all) is part of the reason some tribes gather up the young males and send them off to do guard duty with the livestock for ten years or so. Before they are allowed to procreate and have, input on how the tribe is ran.

    Side note – Wikipedia – Jack Webb washed out of flight training and received a hardship discharge. That says to me that he tried. Not everybody can serve in the military. I have two uncles that didn’t make it. One farmed, somebody’s got to feed the troops and the other worked on the railroad keeping it going so they could ship munitions out of Parsons, KS.

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    1. Judy: Thanks for clarification on Webb’s military career. Interesting.

      As for young people being forced to guard livestock for ten years, that sounds like a splendid idea. Let’s start with Chelsea Clinton, shall we?

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  3. NBC and Universal persuaded Jack Webb to do a new Dragnet 1967 TV series, which lasted three-and-a-half seasons and went on to smash success in syndicated reruns. This later incarnation (co-starring Harry Morgan as “Officer Bill Gannon”) is probably what Webb is best known for and unlike the 50’s version, it was produced in color and increasingly focused on his personal conservative social agenda. Over the next five seasons, he regularly blasted marijuana, LSD (which was legal at the time of the revamped series debut), hippies, juvenile delinquency and disrespect for law enforcement.

    Jack Webb was the Archie Bunker of law enforcement and Nixon’s silent majority and may have been a big factor and influence in Nixon’s war on drugs which we are still fighting today.

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    1. Andrés: Interesting, thanks. Yes, Nixon started the lamentable War on Drugs. Unremembered by most, he also started quite a few of the meddling government agencies we loathe today. EPA, and OSHA too, I believe. In some respects, he was in the wrong party.

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