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Quotes from Born on the Fourth of July

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    • Ron Kovic: People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America.
    • [to Ron Kovic]
    • Lieutenant - Vietnam: It wasn't your fault, goddamn it! They got in the goddamn way!
    • [to Charlie]
    • Ron Kovic: 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?
    • [enters the room, beaming]
    • Mrs. Kovic: 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]
    • Mrs. Kovic: Just be careful, that's all.
    • [pause]
    • Ron Kovic: 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.
    • Doctor: We want to make one thing very clear to you, Ron. The possibility of your ever walking again is minimal... almost impossible. You're a T6 - paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Probably... you'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. (pause) Do you understand what I'm saying?
    • Ron Kovic: No, I know I'll walk again!
    • Doctor: No, let me tell you something, Ron. You will NEVER walk again.
    • Ron Kovic: Well, doctor...
    • Doctor: Hmm?
    • Ron Kovic: Doctor, will I ever be able to - to have children?
    • Doctor: No.
    • [pause]
    • Doctor: No, but we have a good psychologist. He's helped a lot of people.
    • Ron Kovic: I'll walk again.
    • Doctor: No you won't...
    • Chaplain - Vietnam: How are you?
    • [weakly]
    • Ron Kovic: Tell them - they have to operate on me. There's something wrong with me.
    • Chaplain - Vietnam: The doctors are real busy right now. There's a lot of wounded here today. No time for anything except trying to stay alive, so you got to try and stay alive, okay? You hear me? Try and stay alive.
    • [pause]
    • Chaplain - Vietnam: I've come to give you your last rites. Are you ready?
    • [weakly]
    • Ron Kovic: Yeah.
    • Chaplain - Vietnam: I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. You brught nothing into this world, and it is certain that you will take nothing out of it. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
    • Jamie Wilson - Georgia: What's done is done, sir. I can't ever forgive you... but maybe the Lord can.
    • Mrs. Wilson: We understand, Ron. We understand the pain you've been going through.
    • Ron Kovic: We went to Vietnam to stop communism!... We shell women and children!
    • Mrs. Kovic: You didn't shoot women and children! What are you saying?
    • Ron Kovic: That was the war, communism, the incidious evil! They told us to go.
    • Mrs. Kovic: Yes, yes that's what they told us.
    • Ron Kovic: Thou shalt not kill, Mom. Thou shalt not kill women and children! Thou shalt not kill! Remember? Isn't that what you taught us? Isn't that what they taught us?
    • Mrs. Kovic: Stop it! Stop it!
    • Steve Boyer: You probably think it's just a hamburger. A patty's just a piece of meat, but it can have character. See that doughnut hole? Gets 18 patties to the pound instead of 16. Saves me about $40,000 a year. That's serious money, Ron. I plug the hole with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, spices. I cover it with a pickle. They'll never miss a thing.
    • [to reporters]
    • Ron Kovic: I'm a Vietnam veteran, I'm here tonight to say, this war is wrong, this government lied to me, lied to my brothers, the people in this country tricked us into going thirteen thousand miles to fight a war against poor peasant people who have a proud history of resistance who have been struggling for their own independence for one thousand years, the Vietnamese people, I can't find the words to express how the leadership of this country sickens me, people say "if you don't love America, then get the hell out," well I love America we love the people of America very much but when it comes to the government it stops right there, the government are a bunch of corrupt thieves, they are rapists and robbers, and we are here to say "we don't have to take it anymore", we are here to tell the truth, they are killing our brothers in Vietnam, this wheelchair, our wheelchairs, this steel, our steel is your Memorial Day on wheels, we are your Yankee Doodle Dandy come home.
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