Soldier Of Peace Exiled – Because of This Speech

Charlie Chaplin

You can’t deny the impact that this sweet man has made on this planet, in fact I
don’t think there is anyone alive that has not heard or seen at least some or one of his films. He was a man who loved his fellow man and strived to bring happiness to everyone. Beautiful Angel Rest in Peace.

This clip below is from Charlie Chaplin’s own production called “The Great Dictator”, it has to be one of the most heartfelt speeches that I have ever heard and has inspired so many hearts through the ages. A man of Peace. I think this speach ranks up there with Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

This speech would be the cause for this great asset to America to be black balled and forbidden reentry to Los Angeles, which he called home for 40 years.

Lets take a trip down memory lane. To grab a glimpse of the journey that this sweet soul took and what an impact he made in the lives of so many.

I found the following story very interesting and plan on getting this book. I felt this information is relevant towards what’s going on today.

Be blessed

Angel Eve







Charlie Chaplin on Trial 

Charlie Chaplin – On Trial – Reasons Why He was Exiled from the United States.

Ken Kline (CelebrateUSA)

In 1952 Charlie Chaplin’s re-entry visa to his home of over 40 years was denied. At that time, with no ability to return to California, he settled in Vevey, Switzerland (a small town in Switzerland residing on the north side of Geneva Lake) and applied for citizenship – with the overshadowing events such as the denial of the re-entry visa to the United States, the Swiss denied Chaplin’s request for citizenship. I don’t blame the Swiss, I do hold the United States government accountable.

We as Americans, myself included (albeit I wasn’t even born yet) are accountable for exiling a great artist and a great man. A man who voiced his opinion for equality and freedom. A man who was sentenced by the art community, a man who was sentenced by the United States without trial. So then, let’s have a trial 50 years later.

Charlie Chaplin

cartoon Charlie Chaplin

You are my jury – I will provide a handful of facts and give my personal opinion in the end.
Fact #1 Charlie Chaplin Lived in LA for Over 40 Years – Not As a Citizen

In an effort to present the facts fairly, I will start out with a negative – Charlie Chaplin was not a United State’s citizen and no account that has arisen details that he ever applied for citizenship in the US. He did apply as I stated for citizenship in Switzerland (after his exile from the US) but that was denied. The Swiss have a unique political philosophy which I commend them for – neutral. The Swiss would have violated their neutral position IF they granted the citizenship to Chaplin after his visa was denied in America.

OK, one red mark against Chaplin. Moving forward.
Fact #2 Charlie Chaplin’s Voice Appears Political

Here is my biggest disagreement with the interpretations of Charlie’s voice. The argument that was made was that Chaplin felt that communism is what the world should be. I don’t interpret this from watching his film and re-reading the words from The Great Dictator.

I see a man who is not trying to make a political statement; I simply see a man who is trying to make a statement about basic humanity. I see a man making a moral argument that we are all equal.

I see a similar cord of agreement with John F. Kennedy’s plea for equal treatment, Lincoln’s plea for freeing the slaves and Gandhi’s plea against classes or castes in society. Similar to the John Lennon’s song Imagine – “where we all could be as one”. Like these great men who fought with words, legislation for equality, so too, Chaplin was simply seeking the unity of humankind.


Here are Chaplin’s very words in The Great Dictator, examine those very words for yourself:

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white.

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there’s room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate – has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

“The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man – cries for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say: ‘Do not despair.’ The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural!

Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St Luke, it is written the kingdom of God is within man not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful – to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security.

By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason – a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us unite!

Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah. The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world – a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and their brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah… look up!”

Fact #3 Charlie Chaplin Violated the Artist Code & Departed from His Mission of Comedy

There is absolute truth in this statement. The entire artistic work of Chaplin had always, always been devoted to making people smile. His iconic song “Smile” was truly his mission statement in life.

However, I believe the artists are correct, true artists cannot violate their mission. If a soldier violates their mission statement lives are lost. Did Charlie violate this code of conduct? Absolutely, the final ending minutes of The Great Dictator had nothing to do with comedy. And the entertainment value is questionable at best. The words were scolding and the words were meant and clearly intended to scold.

OK, another red mark – he clearly departed from his mission statement of “comedy and entertainment”.

In the end, the film grossed less than a true comedy he had launched during the depression. No these endeavors were personal endeavors, his final two films were moral statements. These films were satisfying his sense of obligation to inform the world, have the world ask questions.

This was not a man acting out of self-indulgence seeking his own political agenda. This was a man who loved the world, felt the love of the world and wanted and/or needed to give back to the world. It was his sense of responsibility, a sense of duty. He was a soldier delivering a message of peace and unity. His weapon was his craft – his films.
Counterpoint #3 History Must Be Remembered

Who was it who stated we must remember the holocaust with photos because we would never believe it. Forgetting history is a critical error because then we are more likely to make the same mistakes again. Likewise, with the exile and misunderstanding of Chaplin, we must remember. We must forgive harsh words, harsh critics, We must ourselves soften our voices, clamp our anger and remember Charlie’s voice of peace and unity – to all be equal.
Counterpoint #4 Verbal

Condemnation – Exile From His Home

The genocide that has occurred throughout the ages is grossly tragic. The verbal condemnation of others is another tragedy albeit not gross but almost as equally as harmful to those we attack and to ourselves.

Hate separates us from God.

Hate is the one sin God cannot forgive.

Our own hate will condemn us in the sight of God.


My Verdict – My Personal Opinion

First I must open with the fact that a basic tenet of my religion is forgiveness and being non-judgmental. Judge not least you be judged. However, I will break that rule today in order to pronounce Charlie Chaplin guilty on all three points and completely exonerated…. on all four counterpoints.
Charlie Chaplin – Soldier of Peace, Pilgrim of Peace, A Global Hero


Charlie Chaplin was a soldier of peace, Charlie Chaplin fought for unity as much as any soldier in the combat field.

Charlie Chaplin is a global hero to us all. His exile is an important item in history to be remembered. Chaplin’s exile from the United States (irony of all ironies – a self-proclaimed and promoted democratic nation) is a lesson to all nations, to all of humanity to leave our hearts open, love one another irrespective of our personal opinion.


We miss you Charlie

We miss you Charlie






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