Liberals and leftists sincerely hate conservatives for “persecuting” them for representing the Communist party in the 1950s. They will never forgive or forget that period in our nations history when it was, indeed, a dangerous thing to support the Communist Party.
And the reason is obvious: our nation was threatened by the advance of Communism as it unfolded through the Soviet Union and missiles being transported to Cuba. Cuba is still a Third World Nation, depressed economically, socially and politically, despite what leftists and progressives like President Obama would like to believe.
“Trumbo,” the recently released movie about Dalton Trumbo is yet another example of Hollywood leftists attempting to color over the evil that was represented by the Communist Party during that period of time. The movie would like us to sympathize with screenwriters like Trumbo.
But like people who are sympathetic to Muslim extremists, like Hillary Clinton and others, they don’t get the connection between the threat of the Soviet Union then, or ISIS today.
The thinking goes: “What’s wrong with a little evil?” Isn’t Islam or Communism the same as Charles Manson? He wasn’t really that bad, was he? In fact, extremists, like Communists, are loved by authors like Charles Kaiser, who love people like this, who want to flirt with evil.
Kaiser wrote an enlightened review of the movie and the effect the period had on his feelings. (Actually, if Scientology didn’t demand as money as it has from Hollywood leftists, Kaiser would probably be in love with L. Ron Hubbard as well).
For him, the 50s were a time of property only for white men - not their wives or children.
White men. And gays? Well, let’s not even talk about that debauchery. Kaiser claims that conservatives invoke the 50s as a time of peace and prosperity. But it actually was a time of peace and prosperity, wasn’t it?
It was probably one of the most prosperous times in our nation’s history, or the world, not counting the industrial revolution in England in the late 19th century. For Kaiser, a woman in the home, as a homemaker, was something that had to be corrected. Look at “Leave it to Beaver,” a TV series that celebrates fathers coming home from work to be with his family, and actually being involved in his children’s lives.
This, for liberals like Kaiser, is the real evil. Why, those women didn’t have credit cards. How deprived can a person (female) be? Kaiser says his family felt fear as a result of the search for Communists in Hollywood.
What about the people in the Soviet Union who died of starvation because of the evil and narcissistic planning of authorities in the USSR? Surely that must have touched Kaiser? Was he ignorant of world affairs in his “sheltered” life?He mentions “Spotlight,” a movie that talks about Catholic priests who were pedophiles?
And yet, New York screenwriters, consistently represent people who serve congregations in the church as Catholic priests, pedophiles or not. Look at the TV series “Law and Order,” that takes place in the police precincts of New York City. There are virtually no examples of pastors who are positive role models throughout the series.
There is no representation of clergy that is not Catholic. And, the screenwriters knew at the time, that they were representing members of the clergy, Catholic priests, who were pedophiles.
Trumbo is played by Bryan Cranston, who played the main character in the drug hedealing TV series, “Breaking Bad. In that character, Cranston is a chemistry teacher who decides to use his abilities to make and/or distribute illegal drugs.
It’s a far cry from playing the father in “Malcolm in the Middle.” For Hollywood, playing Trumbo is no doubt seen as a more genuine role than a doting father. It’s more important to support Communists who were outed as Communists than to play an ordinary father. It’s easy to see the drift in his roles though.
An actor languishs playing ordinary roles until has clout in Hollywood and the actor can sink his teeth into a role playing a drug dealer - someone who has the power of life and death. Strange how the river flows. Communist dictators were given, by force, an inordinate amount of power - the power of life and death over ordinary people because of their stupid decisions.
Cranston plays a drug dealer who makes stupid decisions, ignoring the effect of his drug dealing on his family - justifying the need to kill people. And then there are Communists, including those in this country. What wrong with a little rebellion, a little insanity? Wouldn’t that make our country better?
But whatever is bad about Hollywood, Kaiser’s conclusions are worse. What we need to do is not hold people like Hillary Clinton accountable or find out how she is responsible for the deaths of people in Benghazi. It was a movie protest; no, it was a planned terrorist attack. Which was it?
It’s obvious that Kaiser’s personal morality tale ends with the Democratic Party. He is ready to give Hillary a pardon for her error in judgement that resulted in people dying. Did any of the “Hollywood ten” actually die; were they killed as a result of admitting they were Communists?
The worst that happened is that they could not work. They did not die of hunger as did millions of people in the USSR and China. Because of the McCarthy Era, the Communist Party lost it’s hold on Americans who might have joined the Communist Party. It was an irrational period in our history.
Should we, as Americans, join political parties without engaging our brains? Should we all become excited about forming a constitution that does not allow a democratic form of government, but instead allows one group to oppress another. This is exactly why Communists who represented America should be known as Communists. It was an ideal that was not just offensive to Americans, it was threatening to Americans.
Kaiser: “When Authur Laurents first arrived in Hollywood after the war, he found it ‘wildly exciting intellectually: there were really bright people and all the cream of the European refugees, like Thomas Mann.’” Yes, wildly exciting! It’s exciting to take away the freedom of other people. Oops. Kaiser says the movie takes pains to emphasize the moral ambiguity of this period.
But there was no moral ambiguity in Moscow, East Germany, Cambodia. Moral ambiguity was not allowed in those countries. It was allowed here. Laurents quotes a speech Trumbo made in 1970:
"There was bad faith and good, honesty and dishonesty, courage and cowardice, selflessness and opportunism, wisdom and stupidity, good and bad on both sides; and almost every individual involved, no matter where he stood, combined some or all of these antithetical qualities in his own person, in his own acts.” There is nothing ambiguous about how Kaiser blames conservatives for outing Communists as they should have been.
Look at the age we live in today: it’s the age of Islam. Should we be concerned about Islamic Clerics who are inciting people to kill themselves, blow themselves up? Absolutely. In the U.S.? Even more so. And yet, Kaiser would surely invoke his Communist Era morality about intellectual freedom.
The freedom of thinking, fortunately, does not extend to the freedom to plot agains a government, to blow up people, to make improvised explosive devices that harm innocent people.
In an interview with CNN, Cranston says, “It’s fun to watch, you learn some things. But is there bias against a true picture of the influence of Communism, and how it did not represent the evils of Communism, as in Joseph Stalin, Tapper asks in a CNN interview.
“Stalin was a horrible person and responsible for the murder of millions.” Does the movie cast the “Trumbos" as just liberals, instead of people who were on the “wrong side of an international confrontation,” Tapper asks.
Cranston says Trumbo joined the Communist Party in 1943, when the U.S., and the Soviets were allies. But the time had long since past when they were considered allies, and anyone with a dot of curiosity could see the negative influence of Communism across the world.
Cranston makes excuses for Communism and downplays the evils that were perpetrated: that Stalin was not a “true” communist, but was instead a Fascist dictator, as though there was in practical terms, a difference. He was a member of the Communism Party, but he himself was not a Communist - he was a Socialist, he says.
“We are not to be afraid of a different opinion,”Cranston says, to sum up. “We are to embrace someone else’s opinion and that’s how our country started.” Cranston says the debates that formed our country were formed around rights that include the freedom of speech and assembly and whatever religion a person chooses.
The problem with that is that not all forms of government or religions embrace those ideals - those that allow a Donald Trump to speak his mind freely. Yet, there are many in Hollywood who would choose to take away the freedom of Trump to say what he says, or to assemble freely.
Communist governments government like the one ruled by Vladimir Putin have taken the freedom of the press away from their society. It’s important for people like Cranston to not make excuses for like-minded people who wish to do the same in the U.S.
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