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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ben Stein Brings Us the Real Hollywood

Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He is quite familiar with Hollywood and provides great insight at American Spectator. We might add, Mr. Stein is a Patriot.
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Stein discusses the Oscars, what was said, and in particular, what was not said.
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Dishonesty and failure to honor our troops:
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There were pitifully dishonest calls for peace -- as if the people we are fighting were interested in any peace for us but the peace of the grave. But not one word for the hundreds of thousands who have served and are serving, not one prayer or moment of silence for the dead and maimed.
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Living in La La Land, unable to recognize why:
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It does not concern them except insofar as it offers occasion to mock or criticize George Bush. They live in dreamland and cannot be gracious enough to thank the men and women who pay with their lives for the stars' ability to live in dreamland. This is shameful.
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Misguided ideals:
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The idea that it is brave to stand up for gays in Hollywood, to stand up against Joe McCarthy in Hollywood (fifty years after his death), to say that rich white people are bad, that oil companies are evil -- this is nonsense. All of these are mainstream ideas in Hollywood, always have been, always will be. For the people who made movies denouncing Big Oil, worshiping gays, mocking the rich to think of themselves as brave -- this is pathetic, childish narcissism.
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Failure to recognize the enemy:
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No doubt the men and women who came to the Oscars in gowns that cost more than an Army Sergeant makes in a year, in limousines with champagne in the back seat, think they are working class heroes to attack America -- which has made it all possible for them. They are not. They would be heroes if they said that Moslem extremists are the worst threat to human decency since Hitler and Stalin. But someone might yell at them or even attack them with a knife if they sad that, so they never will.
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Narcissism as a mantra:
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Hollywood is above all about self: self-congratulation, self-promotion, and above all, self-protection. This is human and basic, but let's not kid ourselves. There is no greatness there in the Kodak theater. The greatness is on patrol in Kirkuk. The greatness lies unable to sleep worrying about her man in Mosul. The greatness sleeps at Arlington National Cemetery and lies waiting for death in VA Hospitals.
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Hollywood gains wealth from pretending they are Presidents, CIA agents, the FBI, or some other hero. As long as they are safe and comfy in their mansions and their limousines, it's all-good.
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Hollywood can’t recognize reality from their own world because they imitate fiction and believe it’s real. As long as they gain riches Hollywood doesn't mind producing on-screen violence for our children to digest and sometimes reinact in reality.
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Hollywood justifies it's fantasy world as long as they don't have to do the dirty work.

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