Mr. Heston and Mrs. Heston celebrated 50 years of marriage
Actor Charlton Heston, born October 4, 1924, was
one of some performing artists who received the
Kennedy Center honors on December 6, 1997
Mr. Heston remained in Washington D.C. and addressed
the 20th Anniversary of the Free Congress Foundation
and the 4th Birthday of the NET TV network. The
following are excerpts from his Insightful remarks.
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 01:11:23 EDT
Charlton Heston on America
Actor Charlton Heston, born October 4, 1924, was one of some
performing artists who received the Kennedy Center honors
on December 6, 1997. Mr. Heston remained in Washington D.C.
and addressed the 20th Anniversary of the Free Congress Foundation
and the 4th Birthday of the NET TV network. The following
are excerpts from his Insightful remarks. Mr. Heston and Mrs.
Heston celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1994.
A cultural war is raging across
our land-storming our values, assaulting our freedoms, killing
our self-confidence in who we are and what we believe. (Mr.
Heston then asked those present who owned a gun to raise their
I wonder how many of you own guns but chose not to raise
your hand? How many of you considered revealing your conviction
about a constitutional right, but then though better of it?
If so, you are a victim of the culture
war being waged against traditional American freedom of beliefs
and ideas. You have been assaulted and robbed of the courage
of your convictions. Your pride in who you are and what you
believe in has been ridiculed, ransacked, and plundered! It
may be a war without a bullet or bloodshed, but with just
as much liberty lost: You and your country are less free!
Because you choose to own guns- affirmed by no less than
the Bill of Rights- you embrace a view at odds with the cultural
war lords. If that is the outcome of cultural
war, and you are the victims, I can only ask the obvious question.
What will become of the right itself? Or other rights not
deemed acceptable by the thought police? What other truth
in your heart will you disavow with your hand?
Rank-and-file Americans wake up every morning, increasingly
bewildered and confused at why their views make them lesser
citizens. The message gets through; Heaven help the God fearing,
law-abiding, Caucasian, middle- class Protestant-or even worse,
evangelical Christian, Midwestern or Southern- or even worse,
rural, apparently straight-or even worse, admitted heterosexuals,
gun-owning or even worse, NRA-card-carrying, average working
stiff-or even worse, male working stiff-because, not only
don't you count, you are a down-right obstacle to social progress.
Your voice deserves a lower decibel level, your opinion is
less enlightened, your media access is insignificant, and
frankly, mister, you need to wake up, wise up, and learn a
little something from your new-America and until you do, would
you mind shutting up?
That is why you didn't raise your hand. That's how cultural
war works. That's what happens when a generation of media,
educators, entertainers, and politicians-led by a willing
President-decide the America they were born into isn't good
enough anymore. So, they contrive to change it through cultural
warfare of class distinction! Ask the Romans if powerful nations
have ever fallen as a result of cultural
division. There are ruins around the world that were once
the smug centers of small-minded, arrogant elitism. It appears
that, rather than evaporate in the flash of a split atom,
we may succumb to a divided culture!
The Constitution was handed down to guide us by a bunch of
wise old dead white guys who invented our country! Now some
flinch when I say that. Why! Its true-they were white guys!
So were most of the guys that died in Lincoln's name opposing
slavery in the 1860's. So why should I be ashamed of white
guys? Why is "Hispanic Pride" or "Black Pride"
a good thing, while "White Pride" conjures shaven
heads and white hoods? Why was the Million Man March on Washington
celebrated by many as progress, while the Promise Keepers
March on Washington was greeted with suspicion and ridicule?
I'll tell you why, Cultural warfare!
You don't see other Hollywood luminaries speaking out on
this do you? Its not because there aren't any. Its because
they can't afford the heat! They dare not speak for fear of
CNN or the IRS or the SAG or NBC! It saps the strength of
our country when the personal price is simply too high to
stand for what you believe in. Today, speaking with the courage
of your convictions can be costly, the price of principal
can be so high that legislators won't lead and citizens can't
follow, and so there is no arm to fight back. That's cultural
Mainstream America is counting on you to "draw your
sword" and fight for them. These people have precious
little time and resources to battle misguided Cinderella attitudes,
the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists
who preach that it is a divine duty for woman to hate men,
blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand while they
seek preference with the other, New Age apologists for juvenile
crime who see roving gangs as a means to only the merchandising
violence as a form of entertainment for impressionable minds,
and gun bans as a means to only the Lord-knows-what. We have
reached that point in time when our social policy originates
Its time to pull the plug!