John Wayne: The Hero We Need Now

Statue outside the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa. (Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress)
He survived the crash of 1929 by working from dawn to dusk, always loving America and defending its founding principles.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A merica fits into John Wayne’s filmography, and this does not make America small. It makes John Wayne huge. The coronavirus has brought us back to the Wild West. Lonely lives, deserted streets, looks of distrust, and whiskey for throat disinfection; the scientific community has not made an official statement as yet, but it seems unlikely that anybody would try to deny the benefits of whiskey in the fight against almost everything. John Wayne, who would be 113 years old this month, would not be shocked by social alienation and a life of isolation. They are part of his trademark. Once


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