Jane Fonda to Speak at 50th Memorial of Kent State Shooting

Jane Fonda to Speak at 50th Memorial of Kent State Shooting

Jane Fonda to Speak at 50th Memorial of Kent State Shooting

Jane Fonda, wealthy leftwing dilettante and a woman who has spent her life acting out her daddy issues in public, will be wallowing front-and-center at the 50th commemoration of the Kent State University shootings.

Vietnam and the Cultural Pivot

The ten years from about mid-1960s to mid 1970s was a time dominated by the controversial Vietnam War and the escalating opposition to it. The history of that war and its impact on American culture were profound and, in my opinion, the catalyst that changed the culture in a way that allowed the Left to move through and shape major institutions, like academia and media, into the dogma-obsessed citadels of intolerance we observe today.

I’m not going to dwell too much on the war itself here, but I will tell you, as a Cold War baby I grew up with it dominating the nightly news through much of my childhood and teens. Too many people today believe that the nation was split down between the Silent Generations’ support of the war and Boomers being against it. That’s a false notion that doesn’t account for the number of Boomers that volunteered to go into the military and others of that generation who, like me, have never lost our feelings of furiousness at those American citizens who spit on returning troops and called them “baby killers”.

Also, be aware that we didn’t lose the war, Democrats delivered South Vietnam to the North.

Jane Fonda’s Leftwing activism

Which brings us back to Hanoi Jane, her radical chic and her cringe-worthy attempts at profundity on the latest Leftwing obsessions. It does make you wonder what kind of train wreck we are going to witness with her speech on May 3, 2020.

About 4,000 free tickets to see Jane Fonda speak at Kent State University during the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970 were snapped up in about 36 hours, the university reported Thursday.

The tickets were available to see Fonda speak at 7 p.m. on May 3 at KSU’s Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, the university said.

The actress is expected to discuss her social activism and the legacy of May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guard killed four students and injured nine others when they opened fire on a crowd gathered to protest the Vietnam War and the bombing of Cambodia.

Fonda, born 1937, was 33 at the time of the shooting. Not exactly the college-aged-subject-to-draft demographic whose protests are overly credited for stopping the Vietnam War. Indeed, many of the leaders of the Counter Culture movement, including the infamous Chicago Seven were of the Silent Generation they roundly rejected and vigorously condemned. Jane married her way into the movement, hooking up with Tom Hayden and flying off to North Vietnam, giving the Communists priceless moments of anti-American propaganda and earning Jane the enduring enmity of Vietnam Veterans, their families and supporters.

The Kent State Shootings on Monday, May 4, 1970, where four students were killed and nine injured when a portion of the National Guard who had been called to the campus, fired directly into a crowd of students, was the culmination of a few days of protests and riots in town and on campus. It was a flashpoint of rumors, rising tensions, miscommunication, and over-reaction by the politicians who felt local authorities would be unable to handle the protests. This was exacerbated by the burning of the campus’ ROTC building and protestors cutting the hoses of the responding firefighters.

“The first part of the Yippie program is to kill your parents. They are the first oppressors.” ~~ Jerry Rubin, remarks at KSU April 10, 1970

The KSU shooting was covered nationwide and was both a shock to citizens from coast to coast but also fired up the anti-war movement.

Even if the guardsmen faced danger, it was not a danger that called for lethal force. The 61 shots by 28 guardsmen certainly cannot be justified. Apparently, no order to fire was given, and there was inadequate fire control discipline on Blanket Hill. The Kent State tragedy must mark the last time that, as a matter of course, loaded rifles are issued to guardsmen confronting student demonstrators. ~~ Presidential Commission on the KSU Shootings September 1970

The counter culture warriors wouldn’t let a crisis go to waste – from millions of students “on stike” on university campuses to popular music and plays, the shootings at KSU were to be a bloody flag of revolution.

And for those who wish to dismiss the cultural effect these radical malcontents and domestic terrorists have had over the last 50 years, just look at how many of them landed cushy jobs at universities across the country.

Here, 50 years later, Jane has gotten another Social Justice Cause that has seen her arrested several times, as she planned and gets gushing fangirl press coverage. Her obvious thrill about trying to relive her 1970s activism is only matched by her Antoinette stylings about sustainable diamonds.

Jane Fonda, net worth $200 million, vows not to buy any new clothes in the interest of climate change – I guess she feelz the fashion and garment industry employs Keebler elves who don’t rely on sales for income – but she will accept the $83,000 speaking fee from KSU for her public reminiscences.

Mark your calendar, kids. If nothing else, watching this botoxed Warrior in Versace will be entertaining. Though not in the way Hanoi Jane thinks it will be.

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featured image composite by Darleen Click of two public domain images of Jane Fonda: booking photo 1970 and 1962 publicity photo

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  • I graduated from Kent State in 1985. Nonsense like this is why I always laughed when they would contact me for donations.

  • Wayne M says:

    The 82-year-old nitwit will speak May 3 about her decades of sowing social discord while (reflecting) on the history and legacy of the events of May 4, 1970 when National Guard Troops were pelted by rocks and bricks by crazed students.
    … protesters walked dressed in military paraphernalia with gas masks.
    Trouble exploded in town around midnight, when people left a bar and began throwing beer bottles at police cars and breaking windows in downtown storefronts. The crowd appeared to be a mix of bikers, students, and transient people. A few members of the crowd began to throw beer bottles at the police, and then started yelling obscenities at them. What could go wrong……

  • Anchovy says:

    Barbarella speeds.

  • Scott says:

    The only thing close to family safe I can think to say to Hanoi Jane is “Bitch Please!”

  • Kate says:

    “ And for those who wish to dismiss the cultural effect these radical malcontents and domestic terrorists have had over the last 50 years, just look at how many of them landed cushy jobs at universities across the country.”

    There you have it. And it stinks to high heaven.

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    Maybe the Drill team can…


    Too soon?

  • Joe in PNG says:

    Worst. Power Fist. Ever!

    Seriously, she may as well be holding a sign that reads “Privileged White Dilettante”.
    It’s a power fist that says that despite all her Radical talk, she will be going to an oversized home filled with servants, most likely in a chauffeured limo.
    And say what one may about the old state religions, at least they helped channel the wealthy’s guilt into productive endeavors like cathedrals or works of art. This, this play at radicalism to silence those inner voices is just bad for everybody.

  • Kodos the Excutioner says:

    There is no statute of limitations for TREASON.

    And the punishment for that crime, as stated by the Constitution, is DEATH.

    Just saying.

  • Joseph Corlett says:

    The next time my government comes for my family to fight a foolish manufactured war, I will resist in a way that makes Osama Bin Laden look like a choir boy. Had the country listened to Jane and me, my brother would be alive today along with the murdered students at Kent State. History is vindication.

    • Scott says:

      Please stop eating paint chips, and try educating yourself on facts, not the crap you’ve been spoon fed by the left. The problem in Vietnam was fools like you, and the democrats who refused to allow it to be fought to win.

  • clark e myers says:

    “a portion of the National Guard who had been called to the campus, fired directly into a crowd of students”

    Simply not true that the Guard fired directly into “a crowd of students.” Had the Guard shot the students at the front of the group it might be argued that the Guard shot a perceived threat. They did not.

    Given that the bullets were wildly scattered hitting and sometimes killing people far away and isolated it might be said the Guard fired wildly. Certainly the Guard paid no attention to where their bullets would land, what their target was and what was beyond their targets.

    Jane Fonda, without much apology has said that her primary influence during the Vietnam war period was the French society she lived among with Roger Vadim. Almost entirely Communist themselves in the post WWII reaction to France and to Vichy France and believing in both the inevitability and desirability of a Communist victory Jane Fonda was not anti-war per se. She believed that a war in which the United States was defeated – intolerable that the U.S. succeed where France did not – was a good war.

  • Rickk Caird says:

    My brother and Father argued over Kent State in 1968. My father had the better point. He said when men with guns have those guns pointed at you, it is stupid to yell and insult them.

  • Tom Campbell says:

    Great. We will have perhaps the most disgraceful incident of the era commemorated by the perpetrator of the second most disgraceful incident.

  • Heltau says:

    Maybe we will get lucky and one of the attendees or maybe more, sure hope so, will throw some rocks and bottles toward the traitor and do some fatal damage to her. We can only hope.

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