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"Miss Sloane": the liberal playbook for fighting the NRA in Washington

“Miss Sloane” is a revelation of what liberal women (and men) in Washington think about gun-toting Republicans across the fruited plain. It reveals so much of what liberals think about conservatives and Republicans that it's surprising that it was released before the presidential election of 2016.

When watching "Miss Sloane," think Debbie Wasserman Schultz and how she helped Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination. Think Donna Brazile, who as a CNN commentator, leaked debate information to Clinton's team ahead of time.

You would think that Clinton would be ashamed of her behavior, accepting the information. But that's not how the liberal political game is played. It's a perfect picture of the liberal Democrat game plan - and Hillary Clinton. In fact, Elizabeth Sloane, with a little (or a lot of) age, could be Hillary Clinton.

Sloane is played by Jessica Chastaine, a women who has paid her actress dues in Hollywood. Recently married to Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, a resident of Italy, she won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of a CIA agent who used profanity throughout the movie, Zero Dark 30. For a liberal female, this means she's tough. She can use profanity, just like the guys.

Here is a description of the movie:

“Willing to bend the rules for her clients, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a scrappy boutique firm that represents the backers of the law. Her defiant stance and determination to win now makes her the target of powerful new enemies who threaten her career and the people she cares about.”

That description is not accurate. She is asked by the lobbyist firm that she works for to help the NRA attract females. That was her first task. When she meets with the president of the NRA, she laughs in his face. That's unusual for a lobbyist. But this is leftist Hollywood. Because her client is the president of the NRA, it's okay. The description is inaccurate by design. The object is to hide the real content so that innocent, or stupid people, will watch the movie. That’s the idea.

She meets with the NRA director, Bill Sanford, who is anything but sophisticated. People who support the NRA are not supposed to be sophisticated. They are supposed to be crude, simple, over-weight. Neither of them sit down. He is not worth her time. She talks about Heaton - Harris, an anti-gun control bill being considered in congress.

“Our polling data is telling us that we are not connecting with the female voter,” Sandford says.

Why would that be? Because Sanford and the NRA are stupid and sexist and not smart like Sloane.

“We want to change the narrative from mothers losing their kids from guns, to protecting their kids with guns, he said.

Guns as tools of female empowerment.

“Women who are deterred by the 2nd amendment groups and by our association with the political right."

This, in a nutshell, is what the movie is about. Women, especially single women, the Miss Sloanes in America, are afraid of guns. They are supposed to be afraid of guns because they are single women. Therefore, they should fear the NRA and Republicans.

“You will turn those members (read those females) into paid up guardians of the 2nd amendment,” Sanford says to her.

It’s just a guess, but I would say that Miss Sloane probably finds Sanfords comments revolting both because she finds him unlikeable and because of how he is patronizing to women. So what does she do? She laughs in his face.

“So what? Mothers for a safer America by making sure every last citizen is armed to the teeth? Jesus. Is this the reputation I’ve garnered? Gold medal in ethical limbo? Trying to win the female vote by taking the gun lobby and dressing it up in frilly big frop that’s so crude it could only have originated in a group of old men.”

“My advice is to kill it in utero. You’ll need more than the trite wisdom that we value security to get us behind your views on the 2nd amendment.”

In utero is a reference to the right of women to control their bodies, to have an abortion. And it’s just trite wisdom that women value security? For women, security is not a trite issue. It’s a real and necessary issue. The number of women taking gun classes so that they can feel more secure skyrocketed during the Obama administration. Gun ownership and the right to self defense seems to be a positive thing for women.

That scene is followed by a conference with her boss:

“My position solidifies somewhere between Columbine and Charleston. Any head case, felon or terrorist can buy an assault rifle from the Internet and gun show or his buddy at the bowlorama without so much as an ID.”

Her boss disagrees with her.

“Nonsense. I just formed an opinion," she smartly says.

Of course, Columbine and Charleston don’t really define the gun lobby any more than Charles Manson defines people who use drugs. Lots of people who use drugs, including marijuana, commit crimes. Yet, the left, including Hollywood, is solidly behind the free use of drugs when it benefits them. When was there investigative reporting on how drugs pass from Mexico to the U.S.? Critical reporting?

Sloane: “I work on causes I believe in. That’s why I sleep at night.”

She previously represented Indonesia. Indonesia is one of the most repressive countries toward Christianity on the globe. There have been numerous, hundreds of brutal attacks against Christian pastors and churches in the past few years. But in Hollywood, the anti-NRA sentiment is probably greater than any concern for Christian persecution in other countries.

Here is the reality speech from her boss:

“The only reason you and your gum chewing ragamuffins are here is that your arrogant prince might generate enough buzz to attract clients like Bill Sanford. Meaning, if you don’t dedicate yourself to this cause, this firm will have no use for you. Now go away. Look at those numbers. And start getting women into guns.”

After a party, she encounters a reporter who stalks her on the street:

“Word on the hill is that the gun lobby approached you about Heaton - Harris and you refused. I know the only way you do that is if you don’t believe in the bill. That’s quite a story.”

Of course it’s not a story because she is a lobbyist and lobbyists are not quoted in news stories. And what the lobbyist is doing, posing as a reporter, is unethical, to the point that is would probably remove any possibility of getting publicity for any client in Washington, D.C. And, if she works in Washington, she should know who the reporters are, and that reporters don’t really care for lobbyist or what they have to say. They stay as far away from them as possible.

“Dildos in Texas can walk into a sports store and walk out with a shot gun,” he says.

Here we are disparaging gun owners again, by calling them a name. The dildos are conservatives, gun-owners, living in Texas.

 A director interview conducted by KCET public television:

“Equally, the film is not a polemic about that issue. I know that the producers approached a number of directors, all of whom I'm glad to say didn't get the job. But what I mean by that is, many of those were American and I think a lot of those said, "Right. Now is the time to fight back on the gun issue." That's not for me to say... [My views] are not imposed on the film and the film is not a polemic... It's an examination of a process that focuses on that issue.”

And yet, the film as it was made is very much a polemic on the issue. Polemic is defined as a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something. Madden actually believes that the movie is not in any way a criticism of the gun lobby. This is how delusional people on the left are. They believe what they are saying even when it’s obvious that it does not reflect reality.

And Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain, is supposed to be the objective observer, a true lobbyist, if there is such a thing in Washington.

Here is another description of the movie from Roger Ebert that is as inaccurate as any:

“Miss Sloane's political convictions are unknown. She is not an idealist or an activist. She does not have any convictions outside of winning (a philosophy she verbalizes multiple times throughout, including in the direct-address opening scene). Miss Sloane will do anything—anything—to win. Her colleagues are thrown under the bus, used, lied to, betrayed. This aspect of the story is refreshing, making "Miss Sloane" more of a character study than anything else. It is the character study.”

She insults the president of the NRA. She doesn’t want to get involved in a pro-gun lobby issue because of her ideals. She switches lobby firms because of an issue. She destroys her career and the careers of most of the people working under her, pressuring them to change jobs on a whim.

Her political convictions are known. She’s a Democrat. We also know the political convictions of the screenwriter, the director and the person casting roles in the movie.

Look at the person playing the director of the NRA, who is supposedly Wayne LaPierre. He is overweight, somewhat bombastic, demanding. Chastain’s role is similar to that of the woman she played in the Zero Dark 30. She was a crusader in that role. She is a crusader in this role. But this is an idealistic role for a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. That’s because in Washington, D.C., people pay for influence. They don’t so much pay for ideals, any more than someone pays an attorney for his or her ideas.

During the first part of the movie, Sloan uses a Bible reference, Luke 14:10, to suggest that a nun would like a priest to take advantage of her. But the script writer misuses the quote. 

“But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.”

What it actually means, is that instead of taking the most prestigious position of honor, one should wait to be invited to a better seat, or as it was translated, up higher. As it was used in the movie, it’s really an insult both to the Catholic priest, Christians and the Bible.

Despite the negative attitudes toward conservatives, the movie can still be instructive. It can teach us about how liberals in Hollywood and Washington think. This is what they think about conservatives.

Sloane is a smart, sophisticated lawyer. But because she is an attractive and well-paid single woman, she can have sex without consequences. She pays for a male escort and negotiates her rates. He has the key to her room and is lying in her bed. She does not care. This is what Hollywood thinks of single women.

Here is a summary of liberal ideals present in the film:

  • Smart women can protect themselves without firearms.

  • Smart women are against the 2nd Amendment, against the political right, and against Republicans.

  • Smart women care more about issues and ideals than job security. (If it were a married man, he would be stupid to suddenly change jobs without job security, especially as a lobbyist. But since it’s a female, it’s something she can do without consequences).

  • Smart women can use men for sex and still be incredibly successful, and effective at work and life. This again, is the liberal ideal.

  • Liberals will use anyone and lower themselves to nearly anything if it means they can get what they want politically.

  • The Bible and Christians are really irrelevant to liberals in Hollywood.

Members of the National Rifle Association were paying attention to the content of "Miss Sloane"; the group organized a national boycott of the movie. It did not do well at the box office for that reason. The movie had the 75th worst opening weekend since 1982, earning $1.8 million in wide release. The budget was $18 million. Perhaps Hollywood will learn a lesson from this. It probably won’t though.

© 2017 Larry Ingram

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