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America's left sets sail on a new Titanic

By Michael Moriarty
web posted January 31, 2005

I hear Chevy Chase "lost it" again at a recent Norman Lear fundraiser, called President George W. Bush an effin' this and an effin' that. It's not insanity on Chevy's part. Strangely enough, he's the first American lefty to realize that if he wants to float the United States into the bottomless quicksand of the United Nations, he'll have to blow up the whole U.S. ship of state first. Some of his peers, of course, would like to do just that. The Rebels with a Cause can't live with the guilt that all their fame and success brought them. It's the leftist winner's syndrome: instant shame over being different from the Common Man.

There's nothing common about America. There never has been and never will be. Our Founding Fathers did their best to guarantee Life, Liberty and Happiness for the future citizens of the U.S. Republic. Flash forward to the American Rainbow Bourgeoisie who voted for Bush in order to maintain a paradise of individual freedom. Their secret is humility. If America is a nation under God, then even the government must remain humble. The executive, legislative and judicial branches know there is a power even higher than they.

The Judeo-Christian civilization has evolved for over 5,000 years. Its history centers about a man, Jesus of Nazareth, who was a veritable walking Eden. "Thy will, not mine, Father," was the Christ's first law. He surrendered to it unto death.

The USA relived the entire Bible. George Washington was her Abraham; Abraham Lincoln her Moses; and Dr. Martin Luther King her Christ. Arriving on the most exquisite continent on earth, the peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa embraced a whole new idea of people living together in individual freedom. Their dream was voiced in the Declaration of Independence. When slavery belied the words "all men are created equal," Lincoln went to war. When the newfound "equality" did not include equal opportunity, Dr. King made sure it did. Just before his assassination, he returned to the theme of individual freedom. "You will not be judged by the color of your skin but by the content of your character."

Individual freedom without individual responsibility is a return ticket to slavery for all of us.

Now America sits at her most dramatic crossroads. A slim majority of its citizens understands what a miraculous blessing God or Fate or History or Human Evolution has bestowed upon this land. The rest are enthralled by an idea of the "People," a concept imported from Europe that began at almost the same time the American "shot fired round the world" was heard. Nothing can convince the rest of the human race of how suicidal the Napoleonic idea of the People is: not the guillotines of the French Revolution or Josef Stalin and his gulag, or German National Socialism under Adolf Hitler, or the death of 30 million people in Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward, or the ethnic cleansing and starvation in brushfire wars in Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sudan, or even the Silent Holocaust of worldwide abortion promulgated by the UN.

Guilt-ridden post-Vietnam America enshrined wholesale abortion with its Roe v. Wade decision, and the rest of the world followed suit. Abortion was seen as a vital instrument in the campaign to maintain "zero population growth."

Why Americans, particularly the Democratic leisure class of Hollywood, should applaud the new atheistic religion of Communism can only be explained by the unjustified guilt of America's most gifted and pampered children. Guilt and jealousy are the two most dangerous emotions in the human heart.

Hollywood Left on the Titanic

Hollywood has been America's beacon to the world for most of the 20th century. Starting in the 1930s, a school of acting, writing and directing emerged from Manhattan's Left Bank to counter Hollywood Royalty. With graduates of the New School for Social Research, the Group Theater and the Actor's Studio – all inspired by Stalin's Socialist Realism – this leftist wave crashed over the film studios and eventually engulfed Washington, D.C.

The end result is that today we had Alec Baldwin threatening to leave the U.S. if Bush were to be re-elected. Yet Baldwin will be the last to hop on board a latter-day Titanic sailing for Old Europe, though he may venture northward to socialist, demilitarized, terrorist-hugging Canada.

The darling of the American Left, Warren Beatty, will no doubt set sail for Rootin' Tootin' Vladimir Putin's neo-Stalinist Russia. Beatty is the auteur of Reds, a film celebrating John Reed, the most theatrical of American Communists. The fashionably subversive Reds officially brought an end to the careful weeding of Communist infiltrators from U.S. society since the early days of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The Left was back with a vengeance, throwing darts into the face and memory of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy, not even trying to hide their ecstasy over the renewed Mayday parades.

Ironically, the most authentic legend of the Hollywood Left – Marlon Brando – made a graceful exit from this vale of tears after appearing in a documentary (as yet unreleased) in which he declares that the only people he really cared about were America's First Nations tribes. Brando was the greatest actor who ever lived. As his character Terry Malloy discovered in On the Waterfront, socialism is a middleman like Lee J. Cobb's union boss who quickly realizes "they're dustin' off the hot seat for me!"

Martin Scorcese embraces Elia Kazan during the 1999 Academy Awards
Martin Scorcese embraces Elia Kazan during the 1999 Academy Awards

As the old Hollywood of Wayne, Bogart, Tracy and Hepburn looked on with an amused but melancholy dismay, the Rebels with a Cause burned through the entertainment industry like hordes of extras from The Wild Ones, eventually bursting into films that romanticized the exploits of psychotics such as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. The once-nihilistic Martin Scorsese came to realize that Elia Kazan's "ratting" on the Hollywood Ten was not an American shame but an American triumph. At the 1999 Academy Awards, Scorsese and Robert De Niro paid just tribute to the career of an extraordinary artist caught in the Leftist Wave who woke up in time to save his soul, but too late to escape the Leftist Blacklist. Gadge's career descended to near oblivion as the Hollywood Left took ever more control of the Dream Factory, which film critic Michael Medved says became a Nightmare Factory from the mid-sixties on.

Who else from Los Angeles will leave on the New Titanic? Tim Robbins, for sure. He directed Bob Roberts, a film demonizing a folksy, guitar-toting, Christian-right reptile more reminiscent of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton than Arizona Governor Barry Goldwater and his ilk. Like all gifted artists, Robbins is prescient. Unfortunately, he is aiming at the wrong target.

Last Chance for the Democrats

With Barack Obama warming up in the bullpen of a senatorial office in Illinois, the Democratic Party is computing the odds on Hilary Clinton winning the 2008 candidacy for the presidency. A big gain in the 2006 runs for gubernatorial and congressional seats will bolster the confidence of Democrats, but I'm sure they remember the obvious in America: Democratic Congress, Republican President… and vice versa. So, with the baited breath of Wiley Coyotes, they pore over blueprints of probability as they seek troubleshooting, eight-ball candidates – the whole exciting miasma of an ultimate victory for the UN's New World Order.

The Democrats have one last chance to re-imprint themselves as an American party. Convince Obama that he owes it to the U.S. to become the black Abe Lincoln and unequivocally state that individual freedom does not include the right to enslave our fellow man or the license to capitally punish our gestating infants for the misdemeanor of being an inconvenience to their mothers. Those conceptions, if within the womb of an American female, are Americans and automatically entitled to the "inalienable right to life" and not death on the altar of the mother's career aspirations or lethally irresponsible lifestyle.

As a distinguished expert of the law, Obama must be committed to Justice in the same way a physician, under the Hippocratic Oath, is dedicated to life. There is no Peace without Justice.

So, there it is, Democrats. You have four years to make up your minds.

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who has appeared in the landmark television series Law and Order, the mini-series Taken, and the recent TV-movie The 4400. Moriarty is now filming Deadly Skies, a TV-movie that will soon be broadcast on the here! TV network.

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