10-08-2011, 02:37 PM
The Ides of March: the First Post-Obama Movie
| The Ides of March: the First Post-Obama Movie |
The Ides of March might be the first post-Obama movie, and as such itís an important film ó not for what it thinks it is saying but for what it is actually says about the neverending disillusionment of liberals who, despite heroic efforts, can never quite escape reality.
The movie is entirely a far-left project, based on a play by a former Howard Dean aide, produced in part by Leonardo DiCaprio, and starring George Clooney, who also co-wrote and directed it. Watching it is like being a fly on the wall in a room full of ardent liberals who donít realize theyíre being watched, or how ridiculous they look ó especially when they believe they are being very mature, deep, and serious.
The pitiful state of the national economy doesnít get mentioned in this movie because Clooney and the others behind The Ides of March honestly think that social issues (including the apocalyptic religion of global warming alarmism) are all that matter, or at least all that should matter. Moreover, Clooney thinks that a candidate who honestly and non-defensively laid out far-left positions on all of these issues would actually be hugely popular, all evidence to the contrary. Gov. Morris ó to huge cheers ó announces that, on day one as president, he will simply order a ban on the internal combustion engine in automobiles, to take effect in ten years. Because to liberals, solving global warming is just that easy: Diktats shall be handed down, and if the person giving them is charismatic and handsome, hoi polloi will gratefully comply. |
So why is it that, back in reality, liberal presidents invariably get cut down in the polls according to how many liberal schemes they promote? Maybe it isnít because people think ideas like ordering all gasoline-powered cars off the road are silly, expensive, and impractical. Itís because of corruption in the system (a powerful Ohio politician played by Jeffrey Wright offers to put Morris over the top by delivering the delegates he controls, asking to be made secretary of state in return, but Morris refuses to compromise on principle) and itís because of flaws in the voters. In what is meant to be the movieís big applause line and a damning indictment of American mores, we are told that a president can start wars, lie, cheat, drive the country into bankruptcy, and in general do anything he wants ó but he canít enjoy a casual romp with an intern.
In other words: Even a presidential candidate must placate voting blocs as represented by powerful politicos and the voters may exercise their right to reject a candidate on moral grounds. The problem with this country is, according to The Ides of March, simple: Thereís too much damn democracy.
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