Hey, Republicans: Don’t Suck!

A great week for liberty.  Scott Brown breaks the left’s stranglehold on power.  The Supreme Court resurrects freedom of speech.  The Obama administration’s hapless incompetence in dealing with terrorism is exposed in Congress.  And, for comic relief, John Edwards is forced to admit he doesn’t just look like a sleazeball, he is one.

All of these things are more or less good for truth, justice and the American way but it just so happens they might also be good for Republicans as well and help them get back some of the power they lost in the last two elections.

So here’s  some advice for the GOP:  Don’t suck!  Try it, really, it’ll be a change of pace for you.  If you want more power, use what power you have the way you should.  Work to cut government, work to cut spending, try to come up with free market solutions to real problems, try not to kowtow to the mainstream media at the expense of the people and, if you need some instructions on how to behave, try reading the Constitution instead of the New York Times.

Don’t Suck, Republicans.  That’s step one.  We won’t worry about step two until you get there.

Bury The Dead

ShoulderHill Entertainment is working out details on an option of Andrew’s ghost story screenplay, “Bury The Dead.”  The script involves a young couple who get lost on a hiking trip and wander into a strange village where they witness a bizarre ritual.  ShoulderHill was founded in 2005 by Director Steven Addair.

Our News Media, The Temple Priests

An interesting collision of influences yesterday led me to a fresh, if somewhat offbeat, view of our current politics.  Exulting in Massachusetts’ repudiation of Obama’s socialist agenda, I went off to see the fun new film The Book of Eli, then returned home to enjoy Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood and Big Journalism websites with their celebratory reconsideration of our much maligned former president George W. Bush.

In The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington, as the title character, is a post-Apocalyptic warrior charged by God with preserving the last copy of the Holy Bible.   Good idea, Eli.  Even if it had no religious significance – even if it contained only Genesis, Exodus, Psalms and the  Gospel of Mark – the Bible would still be as titanic a work of literature as any in the western canon.  Combine it with the plays of Shakespeare and you could say of them – as novelist Henry James quipped of cats and monkeys – “All human life is there.”

One particularly scathing depiction of human life and nature comes in the Gospel scene in which Pilate offers the people a choice:  should he free Jesus or the murderous revolutionary Barabbas?  Spurred by the priests desperate to protect the authority of the central Temple, the people shout, “Give  us Barabbas!”  And when offered Jesus, they cry, “Crucify him!”

Weirdly, the philosopher Plato predicted something like this would happen some three and a half centuries before Jesus was born.   In the Republic, he explained that if there ever came to be a Just Man, he would, by his very nature, care only about “being not seeming.”  Indifferent to whether or not he appeared just, he would lose the favor of the mob.  “The best of men who is thought to be the worst,” he will, Plato said, “at last be crucified.”  The Unjust Man, on the other hand, “clings to appearance as the true reality,” and so wins a great reputation and becomes a leader.

Which brings me to Mssrs Bush and Obama.  While I hesitate to declare W the “Just Man,” and Obama the ultimate in injustice, is there anyone who could doubt which of them is more about appearance and which more real?  If Bush had one great flaw as a politician, it was his unwillingness or inability to defend his actions and reputation against the ceaseless and often scurrilous attacks of an elite media class who felt he had cheated them out of the power that was theirs by right of birth.   Bush was no Jesus, but they sure enough nailed him up.

Conversely, Obama is all seeming, willing to say anything and appear to be anything to push his left wing agenda forward.  It’s as if he imagines the presidency to be essentially a TV job in which you win the people’s favor by what you look like, what you say, rather than what you stand for, what you do.  And the media, sharing his vision of government of, by and for the elites, have done everything they can to protect his ephemeral holgraphic image and turn a blind eye to the facts of his life, actions and associations.

Power – statist power controlled by elites like themselves – that’s the Temple the media are trying to protect, whether they know their own motives or not.  They are the Temple priests moving among us, whispering, “Give us Barabbas,” and “Crucify him!”

The Long Way Home

The second book in the Homelanders series is out in February from Thomas Nelson.  The Long Way Home is the sequel to last year’s The Last Thing I Remember.  In this one, Charlie West travels home to try to clear his name of murder.

The “Hurt Locker” Question

Is Oscar contender The Hurt Locker the first good movie about the war in Iraq – or just another mindless Hollywood attack on the troops who keep us safe?  I debated the issue over the holidays with John Nolte, the movie meister who runs Andrew Breitbart’s terrific Big Hollywood website.  We began with an email exchange, then went on to a mud wrestling match and finally decided it with a sabre duel only one of us survived – though I’m not sure yet which one.

Finally, when the blood dried, I wrote about it for the Manhattan Institute’s wonderful City Journal:

“Radical Islam’s long war against the West has been an occasion for shame for the U.S. movie industry. Unable to shake its effete anti-American pose, trapped in the squirrelly maze of a pernicious multicultural creed, Hollywood’s knee-jerk reaction to the conflict has been to make film after half-baked film depicting our warriors as fools or monsters who commit atrocities at the behest of a cynical or criminal leadership.

A principled opposition to war is no offense. But to manufacture, while your nation’s armies are in the field, what are essentially propaganda tools for the enemy—and for an enemy as low and malevolent as the jihadis, at that—is simply a bad act, a base act. Audiences have stayed away in droves, appalled, I suspect, to find that the imaginations they turn to for their entertainment have become wholly untethered from moral reality.”

That’s just the beginning.  Read the whole thing here.