Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekly Wingnut

I will admit, any black sheep conservative in liberal Hollywood has guts, but that does not excuse the inflammatory rhetoric said by Jon Voight (father of Angelina Jolie, apparently a case of genetic extremism). Here's Voight in the Washington Times last Friday:

"We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true ...

Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don't know what that method is, I implore you to get the book "Rules for Radicals," by Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods.

The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don't want a government-run health care plan forced upon them. So I ask again: Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?"

REALLY? Jon needs to go back to 8th grade History. Comparing the health care divide to the civil war? That's just disrespectful. Over 600,000 lives were lost in the civil war. Actors should stick to their scripts, because at the end of the day, neither Rosie O'Donnel or Jon Voight have anything constructive to contribute to politics. Their celebrity status should not effect the opinions of educated Americans. However, I will admit that Matt Damon's rip on Palin was slightly entertaining. Now back to my cunning liberal life... ;)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

just like the separation of church & state

how about a separation of entertainers & the state?

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Though in fairness we should acknowledge that Voight actually has a bachelor's degree (Catholic U., no less) and presumably has as much (or as little) to contribute to politics as, say, most college students do. The difference is that he's got the huge celebrity pulpit as opposed to an obscure blog.

Anonymous said...

While you may find Jon Voight's statement to be extreme, don't twist his words. He was not comparing the health care divide to The American Civil War. He said "Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" There is a vast difference between "a civil war" and the specific example of "The American Civil War."

civil war: war within country, a war between opposing groups within a country
--- encarta.msn.com

We can all see that there are two opposing groups in this divide. While they may not physically attacking each other (in most cases), they are definitely fighting.

ShamRockNRoll said...

Always enjoy your posts, Andrea. :) This man is indeed, a loon.

Bill said...

I wouldn't really consider that twisting his words. Voigt brought up civil war. It's an evocative phrase and in most people it probably brings up the idea of the only civil war we ever had. It's not altogether unfair to shine a light on how silly it is to be talking about "civil war" in the middle of a debate about how Americans will be receiving health insurance, since this debate is so far from any actual civil war we've ever heard of that it just comes across as ridiculous.

What we have going on right now is just how politics works: conflicting interest groups "fighting" a battle of words to try to sway public consensus and the government to act in their favor. If you really want to expand the definition of war to include debate, then I guess debate club in high school makes me a combat veteran.

Andrea Watts said...

Well said, Bill.

Anonymous said...

I was not saying that debating/arguing should be considered war. I was using the definition to explain why I believe that assuming he was referring to the American Civil War is a leap. He was using exaggeration for emphasis. You, Bill, said, "a battle of words," how is this different than saying "war?" Any half intelligent person knows that the debate is not a literal war or battle. To use your own logic, yes you are a combat veteran because you have been in many battles. I salute you.

Bill said...

To be honest, I have no idea whether or not John Voight believes that there is going to be a literal war, because he appears to be off his rocker. Either way, I find this sort of militant rhetoric counterproductive to civil discourse. I also think it's important to note that while I did in fact refer to a "battle of words", I don't recall "of words" appearing after the phrase "civil war" in what Voight said. I think you're giving John Voight far too much credit. None of his words have been twisted here.

Bill said...

but seriously, don't mess with Jon Voight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXyPhVn6wf0