Skip to comments.Hollywood liberals' fantasy world: Dennis Campbell pounds celebs for adulation of Castro
Posted on 04/16/2004 11:00:40 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
There are many things about liberals puzzling to conservatives.
Abortion, homosexuality, gun control, high taxes the things liberals hold dear conservatives find odd or even repugnant.
But what is most puzzling about liberals is their undisguised love for tyrants, from brutish communist dictator Joseph Stalin a half-century ago to Fidel Castro, the murderous thug who has enslaved the Cuban people for the past 44 years.
Myriad opinions are offered as to why this is, but perhaps the clue lies in Hollywood, where nearly everyone is left-leaning, often far left.
It is said they are left-wing and "for the people" from guilt for their vast wealth, and certainly many wealthy people oppose the very form of government that allowed them (or their forebears) to attain that wealth.
Some say actors are just stupid, but many are highly educated and articulate. There is a difference between intelligence and wisdom.
But perhaps there is a more accurate explanation: What actors and other liberals have in common is fantasy. They are divorced from reality by nature and are in thrall to make-believe.
An actor's job is to be something he or she is not. Thus, a mumbling doofus like Harrison Ford convincingly portrays a brilliant surgeon. A shrill, self-important prima donna like Barbra Streisand becomes a captivating funny girl.
This fantasy life is made manifest in liberals' adulation of Castro.
Newsweek's Eleanor Clift said, "To be a poor child in Cuba may in many instances be better than being a poor child in Miami, and I'm not going to condemn their lifestyle so gratuitously." Can she really mean that?
Left-wing extortionist and race hustler Jesse Jackson called Castro "the most honest, courageous politician I have ever met," and while at the University of Havana shouted, "Long live Castro! Long live Che Guevara!"
Actor Danny Glover is described as an activist for civil rights and social justice. The Cuban government-controlled newspaper Granma International penned this about him:
"There's an intense relationship between Danny Glover and Havana. It was love at first sight, and not only has it stood the test of his frequent visits, but it is growing deeper and deeper, through discoveries and affinities."
Yet former Cuban political prisoner Jorge Valls writes in "Twenty Years and Forty Days" that prison guards would say to black prisoners, "You nigger, how could you revolt against a revolution that is finally making human beings out of you?"
Democrat Al Sharpton, Jackson's first cousin in race-baiting, wrote that Castro is "awesome," "brilliant" and a "great leader." If the ability to enslave a people and murder them by the trainloads qualifies one as brilliant, then every communist dictator and totalitarian thug in history was brilliant.
Film director Steven Spielberg called his time with Castro "the eight most important hours of my life," and said of Cuba: "I feel so much at home here. I hope to come back many times in the future." He can say that because he is not forced to live there.
Director Oliver Stone intoned that "We should look to [Castro] as one of the Earth's wisest people, one of the people we should consult." Certainly, if our goal is the subjugation of an entire population and the institution of a regime of terror, death and deprivation.
A fawning documentary by Stone lauding the exploits of Castro, "Comandante," was canceled by HBO after Castro sentenced 75 dissidents to prison terms of up to 28 years while Glover and fellow America-haters Tim Robbins, Harry Belafonte and Susan Sarandon criticize our current administration and receive book contracts, favorable press reviews and television interviews.
Perhaps in their fantasy Castro would be equally lenient with them, or perhaps their ultimate fantasy is that he is above criticism.
The supreme liberal fantasy is this statement from Stone: Castro is "a very driven man, a very moral man. He's very concerned about his country. He's selfless in that way."
That is the left's view of a ruthless dictator who has inflicted untold misery: He is moral and selfless.
This is what makes liberals what they are fantasy disconnected from reality. Unborn children are not really babies. Homosexual behavior is natural and loving. If the law-abiding are disarmed, the lawless will commit fewer crimes. The more we tax, the more our economy grows.
Fantasy can be fun, and leaving reality behind for a spell can be soothing to the soul, but when those living in a fantasy world are given great political power, it is never good and the soul withers.
With all of her black heart.
She has a heart?
I wonder what Spielberg thinks of this?
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