Thursday, March 16, 2006 1:27 p.m. EST
'Hanoi Jane' Fonda Honor Withdrawn
I bet this one slid under the radar for most of us. Just happened across it while filing through some of the news sites that I frequent. Can you believe that this measure was actually on the floor of the Georgia State Senate? I know that this really stirs a lot of bad memories for those of us that were around when 'Hanoi Jane' made her infamous journey to Hanoi during the Vietnam War, protesting our presence there and showing her support for the North Vietnamese.
It seems that Sen. Steen Miles, D-Decatur, brought forth a resolution citing Ms. Fonda's work for a variety of charities in the sate of Georgia. As well as being the founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, asked for the vote to be reconsidered. "I can think of no living American who is less worthy of this honor," Douglas, chairman of the chamber's Veterans and Military Affairs committee, said Thursday. "She is as guilty of treason as Benedict Arnold and Tokyo Rose."
Miles then stated that Ms. Fonda's good works over the last three decades definitely outweigh her actions during the Vietnam War.
I am sorry, but at no time in this lifetime will her actions be forgiven to the point that she be persented any recognition as an "upstanding" citizen, to the point where she is recognized for anything on the floor of any state house. Now you think that maybe there might have been some backing for 'Hanoi Jane' by more than just one Democratic Senator, and there was. ONE OTHER, he too was a Democrat. When the Senate voted 48 - 1 to reconsider the measure, Sen Michael Meyer (does that name sound familiar, sorry I digressed) cast the only vote against reconsideration. Even Sen. Miles voted against it going forward. After the vote, Miles withdrew the resolution.
Thank God there are still a few politicians awake out there to recognize stupitity, and deal with it appropriately. Sorry Jane, but not this time. Thank you Senator Douglas.