Many months ago I saw the trailers for the Matt Damon film, “Green Zone.” Just seeing the trailers was enough for me to see that it appeared to be an anti-American movie, so I decided that I wasn’t going to go give my hard earned money at the theater to watch it, despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed Damon and director Paul Greenglass’s previous Bourne movies. This afternoon, I was flipping through channels and found the movie starting on one of the premium movie channels. I figured if I didn’t have to pay for it, and thus risk giving money to a director who may be trashing America, I might as well give the movie a try. So I watched it. Exactly as I had figured, it was an anti-American movie from start to finish.
That isn’t to say it wasn’t enjoyable. It was. Damon was his usual self, a good actor who I usually enjoy watching in his roles. The movie was well filmed and was absolutely an enjoyable thriller with plenty of suspense. But there was little doubt that the movie was created with a clear agenda in mind. It was no less political than a Michael Moore flick. There were two political messages in the movie, one that I agreed with and one that I didn’t.
The first is one that no one will disagree with any longer. The media is easily manipulated because they are willing to take what the government tells them at face value. They are no longer journalists, but broadcasting agents for political messaging. In the movie the media was blamed for selling the WMD lie and it is pointed out to the main journalist who led the way that she did so without checking facts and without questioning sources. This was covered in a single two-minute scene in the movie and could have easily been missed if you weren’t a political thinker as you watched. But I caught it and definitely agree that the media isn’t a place where journalists reside any longer.
The second message was the rest of the movie. The premise was that a high ranking General in Saddam’s army had gone to the Americans prior to the war in Iraq for a meeting. In that meeting he told them the “truth”: Iraq dismantled their WMD programs after the first Gulf War and they had none any longer. The evil Americans, however, manipulated the media and told the world that a secret source in the Iraqi military confirmed for them that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The movie demonized the American government, portrayed United States Special Operations soldiers as sadistic political activists willing to help cover up the truth, and forced the audience to once again root against the evil US government.
There are no shortage of people in hollywood for whom the far left agenda is a comfortable blanket. Hypocrite millionaires who harp about American capitalism, American wealth, and American political maneuvers all while living the life of luxury provided by the things they despise. Anything that portrays the American military as evil is hailed in Hollywood. The only thing that gets as much play in Hollywood as anti-Americanism is anti-humanism (See Avatar for a prime example).
As a result, American soldiers are presented as uneducated rednecks just looking for a chance to “kill ragheads” and abuse innocent foreign nationals under the guise of war. American corporations are presented as ultra-powerful evil entities all striving to create the conditions for their world domination. And more often than not, the evils portrayed are specifically those on the “right” side of the American political spectrum. It’s all actually kind of disgusting and, in my opinion, presents a Hollywood that acutely despises America. Further, it presents America to the rest of the world as Hollywood wishes America to be viewed.
Gone are the days when Hollywood presented movies that portrayed the American spirit as an ideal. There are no more John Wayne type movies that present Americans as principled, value-driven, and fair. Instead we get films from Oliver Stone, Brian DePalma, and Greenglass which present Americans as corrupt, devoid of any principles, and arrogant. Combine what Hollywood is putting out with the messages of Rap music and the degrading portrayal of Americans dishonestly labeled as “reality TV,” and is it any wonder that other cultures are going out of their way to make sure their children don’t become “westernized”?
But my point was not the damage Hollywood and the entertainment industry does to the American image abroad. My point is the impact of the anti-Americanism in Hollywood on the average Americans who are the audience for their propaganda. After viewing “Green Zone,” I was amazed at the number of people in forums that I read about the movie who believe that the premise of the movie was accurate. There are swaths of Americans who believe that an Iraqi General told the US that no WMD’s existed and we covered it up.
And that is a testament to the negative impact that Hollywood is having on America. The GOP certainly has enough reasons for Americans to despise the party without also having half the hatred come from false belief based on Hollywood’s nonsense. Stone, DePalma, Greenglass, and especially Michael Moore’s anti-American ass are creating a hatred of conservatives based on complete falsehoods. Moore does so more than anyone else. His movies have been lies from start to finish, yet there are those who believe every word he says.
And they are getting to our kids. Take, for instance, Justin Bieber. He did a Rolling Stone interview where he said America’s health care system is “evil” (while lauding the fact that in Canada they don’t have to worry about paying for health care). Yeah I know, he is just a 16 year little shit who doesn’t know anything. But care to take a guess at what kind of influence Bieber has with teenage girls in this country. Millions of little girls just got drawn to the dark side by another celebrity dipshit. (as a quick aside, Bieber lamented that one of his bodyguards had a premature baby and would be paying off hospital bills forever. Interesting that the 16 year old worth over 100 million wasn’t jumping at the chance to be charitable and take care of it). Note to Bieber: Shut the hell up. Your free health care system is failing.
These Hollywood country-slandering tales are altering the average citizen’s view of the country they live in. Too many Americans have been indoctrinated into the belief that the American military is evil, the American mainstream is devoid of principles or values, and the mistaken belief that if it weren’t for America, the world would be a happy place where all the people would hold hands, sing, and end all hostilities.
The reality is that we are not a perfect country. Some of the corporations out there are evil. A few of the soldiers out there are dumb rednecks who abuse their position. And there have been too many times when our government did act in a way that lacked principle. But I still believe that the United States is the best country on earth. When you get past Washington DC, I think that the average American cares more about others and operates with a higher set of principles than most. More aid flows from our wallets to help the rest of the world than from anywhere else. More has been done by the US military to stop horrendous atrocities than by any other. And the majority of corporations out there operate with integrity and their only crime is seeking a profit (which it seems Hollywood and the far left wish to label as a crime).
McCarthyism was a sad chapter in our history. And perhaps it was several decades too early. There was a witch hunt at the time for communists, those in Hollywood who were anti-American and wanted to see the US fail. But I submit that while communism is no longer the threat, Hollywood is far more anti-American now than it ever was during the days of McCarthy. I am not advocating for another McCarty style witch hunt, I am merely noting that things are far worse in la-la land Los Angeles than they were then.
It seems that Hollywood spends so much time in make-believe land that they apparently have lost the ability to differentiate between what is real and what is fantasy. They have lost their minds and become accomplished at the art of presenting their fantasy as reality, much like the current President. It wouldn’t be such a problem if they weren’t so damn good at it. We have got to find a way to counter the BS that comes out of the mouths of the Stones and Moores out there. If not we are allowing them to define reality, and thus persuade a large portion of the population to rebel against the things that make us American.
We are coming to a crossroads in America. A time where we are going to be forced to redefine what America will be going forward. The progressives have done a stellar job of ensuring that history is re-written to favor their position (there was a great Stossel show the other night on the reality behind historical claims about the New Deal’s effectiveness and the benefits created by unions). We cannot continue to allow the media and Hollywood to continue to push out their false realities presented as facts. I don’t know how to stop them, but we better find a way or we will all be screwed…