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They burned the flag and they demonstrated against us; it's on the cover of the paper today. They have no respect. They have no idea what's going on over there, Mom - the men that are sacrificing their lives. People are dying every day over there, and nobody back here even seems to care. It's a bunch of go***** sh** if you ask me!
Ronnie, don't take the Lord's name in vain - not in front of the children. I agree with everything you say!
I served my country - and they just want to take from it - just take, take! Love it or leave it, that's what I think.
People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America.
(to Charlie) I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost? What are we gonna do, Charlie? What am I gonna do?
When I was in the hospital, I thought, yeah - yeah, this makes sense.
What makes sense?
Because I failed, Timmy.
What are you talking about?
Because I - I killed some - people; I made some terrible - mistakes!
Oh, for Christ's sake, Ronnie, we all made mistakes. I mean, you - you had no choice. That's something that those go***** pansy demonstrators ain't never gonna understand! Now, you don't even have to talk about it, Ronnie; I mean, it was insane over there! It was crazy!
Sometimes I wish, I wish I'd - The first time I got hit, I was shot in the foot. I could have laid down, I mean - who gives a fu** now if I was a hero or not? I was paralyzed, castrated that day; why? It was all so - stupid! I'd have my di** and my ba*** now, and some days, Timmy - some days I think I'd give everything I believe in - everything I got, all my values, just to have my body back again, just to be whole again. But I'm not whole; I never will be, and that's - that's the way it is, isn't it?
(after a slight pause) For Christ's sake, Ronnie, it's your birthday. You're alive. You made it! Smile.
(enters the room, beaming) Ronnie, Ronnie, you're doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It's God's will that you go, and I'm proud of you. (gently pats his shoulder)
Just be careful, that's all. (pause)
Don't you know what it means to me to be a Marine, Dad? Ever since I was a kid I've wanted this - I've wanted to serve my country - and I want to go. I want to go to Vietnam - and I'll die there if I have to.
Am I good? Hey (drags himself forward)
, am I good?
Man, you're one crazy Marine, Kovic - so gung-ho and everything, but you don't know sh** about what's really happenin' in this country.
fu** you, Willie.
I'm serious man. It ain't about burnin' the flag and Vietnam, man. While we fight for rights over there, we ain't got no rights at home. It's about Detroit and Newark, man. It's about racism, man.
Is that right?
Because you can't get no job at home. Vietnam is a white man's war, a rich man's war.
(contemptuously) Where's my money?
I'm serious, man, you gotta read some books. There's a revolution going on, Kovic. Brothers are gettin' it together, and if you ain't part of the solution, man, then you're part of the problem.
(almost sobbing) Don't say pe*** in this house!
pe***! pe***! Big fu***** erect pe***, Mom!
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