Hollywood & Politics

Burt hopes you’ll also enjoy his take on the first Presidential Debate .

There was a time, as my wife, who is a TCM addict, keeps reminding me when there was no more patriotic place on earth than Hollywood. It wasn’t just that such super stars as Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable and Tyrone Power, enlisted in the military; that others volunteered to entertain the troops through USO shows and appearances at the Hollywood Canteen; while major film directors, such as John Houston, Frank Capra, George Stevens and John Ford, turned their talents to turning out military training and propaganda films. It was also true that Hollywood’s moguls, including Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner and Daryl Zanuck, churned out pro-American, anti-Nazi, movies by the gross. It provided potent punch at the box office, but it also served to keep American morale high even in those early years when we seemed to be losing the war.

Today, as you may have noticed, when Hollywood deigns to make a war movie, America’s soldiers, more often than not, are depicted as the bad guys.

This turnaround makes sense when you realize that nearly everyone engaged in writing, directing or appearing in movies today, is a left-winger. Although they’d insist they are as patriotic as those who made movies in the past, they simply can’t get past their anti-American mindset. For them, Obama is the perfect president. He opposes gun ownership, deplores capitalism and denies American exceptionalism, while simultaneously voicing his approval of same-sex marriages, Islam and the U.N.

There are a few exceptions in Hollywood. They are mainly those working below the line, as drivers, carpenters and stunt men. Among the few recognizable names are Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Morgan Brittany, Gary Sinise, Patricia Heaton and, of course, Clint Eastwood. That’s why it hurts me to say that I wish Eastwood hadn’t shown up in Tampa. It merely served to remind me that even icons get old. I wasn’t too surprised that what was supposed to be a five-minute interlude morphed into a 12-minute snoozearama. But, then, Eastwood never was one to turn out a 90-minute movie when he could spread it out over two and a half hours.

I do commend him, however, for coming up with the whimsical notion of smacking down an empty suit sitting in an empty chair.

In the aftermath of the GOP convention, I heard some people worry that if Romney failed to deliver on his promise of 12 million new jobs, it could come back and bite him in 2016, the way that George H.W. Bush’s vow of “no new taxes” killed him in 1992. I don’t think so. It’s one thing to promise not to raise taxes and then raise them, as opposed to promising to deliver 12 million jobs and falling short by a million or two. Frankly, I could deliver 12 million new jobs by simply lowering taxes, taking the federal boot off the neck of the oil and coal industries, repealing ObamaCare and cutting the EPA down to size.

In spite of the mass media being in the tank for Obama, I frankly think they’re hurting themselves more than they’re helping the Democrats. For one thing, even left-wingers have finally begun admitting that the media is openly biased. For another, when newspapers and the major networks keep promoting the lie that the economy is getting better in spite of what is obvious even to small children, they have lost all credibility with moderates and independents.

As Mark Twain once pointed out, people who ignore the media run the risk of being uninformed, whereas those who depend on it for their news are nearly certain to be misinformed.

It’s impossible for me to get inside the heads of those who even at this late date are wishing that by some miracle, Ron Paul would wind up being the GOP nominee. That’s because inside those heads it is very dark, very small and very badly ventilated. I mean, here’s a 77-year-old guy who desperately wanted to be the president for the next four or eight years, but can’t be bothered to serve one more term in the House, where he could work to move along Romney’s agenda.

Frankly, it amazes me that there is anyone outside an asylum who would think that Obama deserves a second term in the Oval Office. To my mind, it comes down to: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I must have stinkweed for brains.”

Calling Obama’s fans sheep is probably unfair to sheep, a remarkable animal that provides mankind with everything from wool to lamb chops. They should probably be called the Stepford electorate, a bunch of lobotomized zombies who have been programmed to smile vacuously while voting for any dunce with a (D) after his name.

Finally, getting back to Hollywood, it’s not merely a community or even an industry, it’s a state of mind or, rather, mindlessness, where people are judged not by what they actually do, but merely by the left-wing talking points they repeat ad nauseam.

These people will call you a racist if you oppose Obama, but will dismiss the remarkable likes of Thomas Sowell, Allen West and Condoleezza Rice, as Oreos. They will hold fund-raisers promoting something as silly and faddish as same-sex marriages, but say nary a word about the 70% illegitimacy rate that plagues black communities.

But, perhaps worst of all, they fail to see a disconnect between trying to get people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh kicked off the air and celebrating a bottom-feeding pornographer as a courageous defender of the 1st Amendment in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

Liberals will always go to the ramparts in defense of free speech, just so long as the subject under attack is female genitalia or Islamic terrorism and not conservative values or religious principles.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Write to BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Burt hopes you’ll also enjoy his take on the first Presidential Debate .

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • wally

    I agree with you on 99% of the article. I had some problem of your assessment of  Eastwood’s act. He is after all a actor and he played the part as the great actor that he is even down to the illusion that he is a old fart that shouldn’t be on the program. If fact, at first I though what is wrong with this picture? Is he getting senile? However, part way through I stated to realize that this is Eastwood at his best. He reminded me of the angry old veteran in the movie Grand Torino. Once I convinced myself that this episode was his act, I fell for it hook line and sinker. Besides, he was telling the truth and that is hard to find in Hollywood.

  • Wheels55

    I see there is a thing now called Eastwooding – putting an empty chair some place to make a point about Obama. One picture I saw was an empty chair on a golf course. It’s just too funny…and true.

  • Bruce A.

    12 million new jobs is very posssible in the USA.  A little common sense would go a long way.  Time to unchain the American economy & reatrain the Fed. govt.

  • Larry B

    Thanks for the “Red letter Edition” of your “Bible,” Burt!

    • BurtPrelutsky

       LarryB: I don’t know how to respond because I don’t know what that sentence means.

      Burt

      • Larry B

        Burt, your column, “Bible,” was all in red letters!  Maybe I shouldn’t try to be too clever!

        • BurtPrelutsky

          Larry & DanB:  I now understand why I didn’t get it.  When I log on, I come directly to the comments, not to my article.  I had no idea it was posted in red.  Sorry for the confusion.

          Burt

          • Reverend Davis

            Whether the letters are in black or red, makes no difference to me. I still found the article insightful, concise and original. 

      • DanB_Tiffin

        FYI, Burt, my view of your column was also all in red letters and it underlined whenever I moved my cursor over any of it.

  • Concernedmimi

    Eastwood’s quote says it all; Obama is the ‘greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people’!!!!!

  • GlenFS

    Yes, I noticed that Eastwood was old and had lost much polish.  Yet I found his ad lib remarkable, funny and effective.  Especially when he offered a solution of just letting anyone failing at their job go.  It’s a mercy really, they can move on to things their more suited for.  Like orgainizing a mob of zombies.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       I wouldn’t have minded Eastwood if he had done his shtick on an earlier night, but I found it embarrassing to use him as a lead-in to Romney.

      Burt

    • venter

      Agree, however he is a a public servant and many are unqualified and protected by a union.  We better watch out for an executive order.  When he is out of the White House he could become an activist again and picket against the policies he put in that have fail  the suffering minorities…Eastwood, besides being funny that night his solution was just common sense.

  • Deny916

    Clint Eastwood was right though.  Obammy is an empty suit in an empty chair devoid of everything except wanting to make the States a third world country.  As for Hollywood most of those people have no sense.  Personally I like some of these lefties as actors.  I just wish they would just keep their mouths shut and use the little brain they have to memorize some one else’s words–and act.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       The amazing thing to me is that conservatives, by and large, are such good sports, they will continue to buy their records and pay to see their movies.

      Burt

      • Larry B

        Yes, everyone still likes Samuel L. Jackson and others of his type, even though they appear to be  obsessed with incestuous relations with people’s mothers!

      • Deny916

        I haven’t been to a movie theatre in so long the last one I saw was “The Fugitive”.  I don’t buy albums anymore either.  At least that makes ME feel better that I’m not supporting these loons!

  • DanB_Tiffin

    It seems to me that a lot of our Hollywood people are truly children who never grew up. That suits them both in their make-believe roles (a.k.a. acting) and in their liberal beliefs.

    • BurtPrelutsky

       DanB:  And because they are so amply rewarded, so far beyond their actual worth, they naturally assume they are entitled.  Sort of like Obama, wouldn’t you say?

      Burt

      • DanB_Tiffin

        Right you are, Burt!