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Gonzales Report [Vietnam; HemisFair Groundbreaking]

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  •  Beginning of program 
  •  Vietnam 
  •  Speaks of close-minded American critics who have rushed to judgment on the Vietnam conflict 
  •  Suggests that critics may have a self-defeating psychological bias against the country 
  •  Mentions "a very distinguished and noble man" erroneously depicting the United States as "a Nazi-type, a conqueror." 
  •  "Men are dying, and naturally, no American wishes to associate himself in an unjust war." 
  •  "We may not seek a fight, we may not want a war, but we may have one thrust upon us." 
  •  References the pacifist literature of Sir Norman Angell, and rebuffs it with a quote from Hilaire Belloc's poem "The Pacifist" 
  •  On his reasons for supporting the Vietnam conflict 
  •  On faith in the president's leadership he says, "There are those who distrust the president. There are those who hate him. There are those who question his motives. I am not one of those." 
  •  Claims that only one in ten soldiers sent to Vietnam are exposed to combat 
 
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Title:Gonzales Report [Vietnam; HemisFair Groundbreaking]
Identifier:e_hbg_0073
Description:Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Gonzalez begins the program talking about the significance of a HemisFair federal pavilion groundbreaking ceremony from the prior week, positing that "It may be the one thing that can anchor the breakthrough that we must make in coexisting in the western hemisphere with the nations that destiny has placed along our side." The rest of the program is presented as a continuation of his discussion on the conflict in Vietnam. He speaks on the problem of close-minded American critics, suggesting they may have a self-defeating psychological bias against the country. He emphasizes that "no man in his right mind seeks or desires war", but that "we may not seek a fight, we may not want a war, but we may have one thrust upon us," quoting from Hilaire Belloc's poem "The Pacifist" to back his point. On the president's leadership he says, "There are those who distrust the president. There are those who hate him. There are those who question his motives. I am not one of those." He also makes the claim that only one in ten soldiers sent to Vietnam are exposed to combat. Gonzalez acknowledges WOAI-TV, KENS-TV and KWEX-TV for providing airtime, and mentions that WOAI and KENS sometimes allow him to record his program in San Antonio. He also mentions a remaining San Antonio VHF station [KONO-TV?] that does not provide airtime for his weekly reports. Black and white picture with sound. Leader reads, "2316 Gonzalez, 14, 60."
Country:United States
City:Washington (D.C.)
Date:1967-04-18
CreatorGonzalez, Henry B.
Location:2004-127/330, reel 5
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Language:en
PublisherDolph Briscoe Center for American History
Rights:Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Original Format:black-and-white film; sound tracks, 16mm