To all who have served and serve now in defense and protection of our nation and our nation’s interests worldwide, my immense gratitude and appreciation. Expressing that falls so very short of the intensity of my gratitude and respect, yet words are what I have to use here, however limited.
It truly pains me when I read and hear so much from the Left today — it’s all over the internet — that dwells upon the ruination of our national character, of despicable denigration of our military, especially. It’s nearly impossible to even contend with because so many among the Left lack any experience with the military or with public service, or worse, are so indoctrinated by some sort of “hatred sickness” of our nation and the U.S. military that they won’t accept information when it contradicts their hatred and the propaganda they’ve come to accept to the contrary.
And this illness is especially present in today’s spate of Hollywood anti-intelligence, anti-U.S. and anti-Christian movements, most if not all based upon the primary negative assumption that to be affiliated with or represent our U.S. government is to be generally bad or of disrespect. What Hollywood and the entertainment Left today advocate is any government or nation that opposes the United States militarily and/or poses a threat to our security — in which case, most political candidates among the Left today are aligned with those efforts and those efforts are supported by the Hollywood and entertainment Left.
How do any of us even speak to that when it’s encountered? How can you tell someone who hates those who serve our nation in service and protection that there are a lot of reasonable, good and reliable people involved in our nation, along with the spattering of bad characters that can be found in any and all walks of human life: military, homemakers, school teachers, store keepers…you name it, somewhere there’ll be a rogue bad man or woman involved. It doesn’t mean, however, that all of them are “bad” but that there are bad individuals in all walks of life. The bad are interspersed with the good and the very good — and most are that, are the good — in terms of bravery, honor, reliability, willingness to help and consideration and empathy for their fellows, in courage by instinct, not by expectation of reward.
In other words, heroes are among us in all walks of life and far outnumber “the bad” who are otherwise. The Left just does not understand that and dwells upon the lowest common denominator as being the average, which, in most the rest of our experiences, certainly is not the case. The “silent” heroes among us — everywhere in our daily lives — are not making big noises, aren’t demanding a lot in return, are not the ones making the vast amount of criticisms about their fellows.
But, Hollywood — the Hollywood Left — is not that and their extreme efforting to promote the negative is not heroic, it is the voice of those who prey upon failure. In other words, not heroes, but losers — albeit with big salaries, grand homes, big public relations efforts, a lot of notice when they speak and pose — based upon what they produce, the acts inherently of not the heroic but just the business and it’s a mistake to assume that their louder voice equates with honor and truth unless what they have to say is honorable and truthful. In most cases, unfortunately, it isn’t today: the entertainment Left capitalises upon loss, upon the negative and when they remain in genres of fantasy and horror and exploitation otherwise, it works, but when they try to touch Earth with their dirty toes and call it freshly washed, it’s deplorable. And worse, they cast dirt on everyone else they come into contact with.
The Left today is saturated with some sort of character assassination sickness as to our nation and millions of our nation’s citizens. I’ve yet to read — when questioned — a member of the affected Left specifically describe or represent just what or who it is who is consistently as terrible as they conclude “all” are, and yet, they persist in their unrealistic derisions. And the obvious truth is that the Left is most often populated by people who have little or no familiarity with military service.
I feel low when and as I continue to bump into that, but there it is, like I said, all over the internet: the Left is embroiled in bent humor — it’s really not humor but they’re enjoying themselves anyway — because of a vast number of negative assumptions about everyone else, with particilar venom targeting Conservatives, Christians and especially, the GOP and our U.S. military. Republicans are their worst fear, they’re latest tag that is the general equivalent of gutteral spit. The Left is more embittered in writing searing nasties about others outside their marginal territories of Liberalism — go look at any one week’s TOM TOMORROW or read the “news” overall at places like Salon.com or various other Liberal websites and see the irreverence the Left thinks “is funny.” Try explaining why the ‘toons and most of the gossip are ridiculous and unfounded…and the Left will doubt you (and gossip about you) even more.
So, enter the Brian DePalma film, “REDACTED” — Brian DePalma’s BOGEY-MAN-UNDER-HIS-BED film, a look into his fears, paranoia and treacherous inability to trust or admire or respect.
But when that degree of paranoia is funded by millions of dollars (Mark Cuban, in this case, funded DePalma’s shaky film) and the paranoia then washes over the general public in readily available literature — such as are films in general — it’s a problem and a measurable concern for everyone. Content like this also affects everyone’s safety as to our nation’s security, and most especially, places our U.S. military at greater risk in their daily activities of service. That latter aspect is why I most loathe as to what DePalma and Cuban have wrought — they’re set, they’re fine, they’re well protected but their utter disregard for millions of lives of our military in service and out of it, is disgusting to me.
Many online news readers
will have may have read this story by Pat Dollard from yesterday — though today it’s not available — sorry that patdollard.com removed this post because although it is quite frank (or was), it’s highly to-the-point; I managed to save a paragraph or so, as follows:
From “The Man Behind The De Palma Smear: Mark Cuban Declares War On The Troops” from patdollard.com:
Billionaire Mark Cuban has decided to put all of his weight behind a campaign to smear US troops in Iraq as “monsters’. Cuban has decided that De Palma’s film “Redacted” must be seen as the cornerstone of his and De Palma’s self-declared anti-victory campaign against America and her troops fighting in Iraq. Cuban’s company Magnolia Pictures will be bringing this propaganda campaign to a theater near you this winter. According to a source close to Cuban, the decision for Magnolia to develop, finance and distribute the film was personally made by Çuban. Cuban has a full producer credit on the film, and DePalma shot it on HiDef video at Cuban’s request, in order for it to qualify as fodder for Cuban’s hi-def cable channel. So far neither he or DePalma have explained how they can be “bringing the truth of the Iraq war to the American people”, as Louie DePalma has said, when neither of them have ever been to Iraq, filmed any of “Redacted” in Iraq, or spent one minute with any soldier in Iraq. Clearly they are only bringing you their imagined propagandists’ reality of Iraq. Both had the opportunity to go, both declined. They have chosen the coward’s path in a quest for legitimacy as spokesmen for the Iraq war, and as such both have failed in that quest. Indeed, they are left standing as laughingstocks. Their reach has exceeded their grasp. Cuban is a jet-set, armchair “Iraq Truther” who made sure not to have his private jet stop anywhere near Iraq. But he and DePalma are more than anxious to bring you the “reality of the Iraq war”…
…The best defense DePalma has been able to muster about the lack of direct military reality in his film is “I had plenty of real stuff to put in but I didn’t put it in, and can’t show it to you to prove it, because my lawyers won’t let me”. That kind of bulls**t pr spin may fly in Hollywood, but it isn’t flying here on earth. If you’ve got the goods, Louie, show them. It would appear quite clear why you haven’t already.
None of the troops in Mr. DePalma’s film are real. They are as imaginary as he and Mr. Cuban’s balls.
Close to a year ago, Daily Kos ran a featured post declaring that it was time to attack the troops if the anti-victory movement was to succeed. Clearly DePalma and Cuban took the cue..
What Cuban and DePalma have done is take one incident that occurred in our U.S. military ranks and “overhyped” or promoted that tragedy of terrible behavior into some sort of framed icon as to what the military is in general. While, instead, the few individuals who were engaged in that specific incident — that Cuban and DePalma are so eager to blow out of proportion (and have) — were answerable to criminal charges by the military. The incident that “inspired” Cuban and DePalma to make this film does not represent the behaviors by the majority of those who serve and how in our military, nor our U.S. military forces overall by character and policy.
My lone voice here, however, says God bless and love you all who serve, that you are respected, valued, appreciated and often considered by this American, in my prayers, in my work, while I cook the supper, do the dishes, care for my plants and garden, while I look at the early morning and evening sky and stars, while I thank God that our nation is still a place where honor and consideration and courage inspire many citizens to serve and protect so that we — and many others worldwide — can sleep in our beds at night and not fear the dawn.