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Hanoi Jane, QVC and the triumph of capitalism

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

On Saturday, Jane Fonda was scheduled to pimp her new book on the QVC Network when company executives suddenly cancelled her appearance.

The explanation for why Fonda’s segment was cancelled depends on who’s answering the question. A spokesperson at QVC stated that a scheduling conflict had caused Fonda’s snake-oil sale to be axed. Fonda is skeptical of QVC’s response. She claims that top network executives caved to unnamed “extremists” who were pressuring the network to cut Fonda’s segment because of her liberal political activism.

I have to admit I’ve never watched the QVC network. In preparation for writing this column, I actually had trouble finding its position in my local cable line-up. As best I know, my family has never bought anything from QVC. However, the network’s decision to cancel Fonda (for whatever reason) has me tuning in and searching the screen for something to buy in sincere appreciation.

In response to QVC’s action, Fonda complained that people were spreading lies about her. “I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us,” Fonda said.

Fonda’s new book (unnamed here because I don’t want anyone to buy it) is reportedly about aging and the life cycle. The book better have some memory exercises, because Fonda’s recollection of her actions during the Vietnam War indicates that her mind is slipping.

Hanoi Jane

Most Americans do not have a problem with the fact that Jane Fonda was an outspoken critic of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Many shared her view. But, the manner in which she expressed her opposition was beyond the pale and did hurt the men and women of our military.

In 1972, at the age of 35, Fonda traveled to Hanoi as a guest of the government of North Vietnam. Photographs of her smiling behind the trigger of an enemy anti-aircraft gun, which was seemingly aimed at American planes, opened an ugly wound that remains unhealed all these years later.

After American prisoners of war claimed that their captors were torturing them, Fonda labeled them as “hypocrites and liars.” She called the POWs professional killers and war criminals. The joyful enthusiasm by which she made these claims was what so many people found unforgivable.

Some may argue that Fonda apologized for her transgressions and should be forgiven. I encourage those folks to go back and re-read the so-called apologies. They were conditional and shallow. Fonda may be sorry that she’s hated by so many for what she did, but her words indicate that she is not at all sorry for what she said or how she said it.

On her website, Fonda blamed her QVC rejection on “some well-funded and organized political extremist groups.” Or, maybe, the fault is with Fonda herself for failing to understand that the pain she caused in 1972 will never properly heal.

The freedom of speech is our country’s most basic right. It gives people like Fonda the privilege to make inane statements that will never be forgiven by a segment of our society. The right to free speech even grants Fonda permission to blame reaction to her callous behavior on some invisible right-wing conspiracy.

Of course, what Hanoi Jane has failed to recognize is that our country’s right to free speech also gives QVC viewers the opportunity to call the network and complain.

  • trockinp

    Wonderful, besides being a Viet Nam vet, I am now an extremist. I’d like to show Hanoi Jane what extremism is.

  • cat58

    Maybe jane and bill and dan savage can all get together and “anger f’ck” since they are a bunch of “angry f’ckers”. They would give rise to a new group of ugly as hell “angry f’ckers”. Anyway this right wing conspirator thinks this ugly bunch of angry f’ckers can all angrily F themselves!

  • Drawer22

    As a combat Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict (Wars are declared by the Congress of the United States of America. Conflicts, campaigns, incursions, police actions & and the like are not.), my oath of office addressed the objective of upholding & supporting the Constitution of the United States of America, to the inclusion of its Amendments, the 1st of which affirms the right (not “grants” the “privilege,” as some Statists would have us believe) of free speech. That oath, from which I have never been relieved, obligates me to assure that right for all Americans, without any exception for unconvicted traitors such as Hanoi Jane (whom I personally despise and whose touted “apologies” are farcical, at best). I applaud QVC choosing to cancel Hanoi Jane’s appearance and support their right to make that business decision, for whatever lawful reasons. – Đại Úy (De Oppresso Liber)