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Oscar night

Posted by on Feb 25, 2009 in Film, Hollywood, Oscars, traditional values | 0 comments

The Nielsen ratings from the Oscar presentations last Sunday evening were up from a year ago. As in most years, I watched as many of the presentations as possible. I enjoy watching the Oscars, in part, to gauge the direction in which the Hollywood establishment is headed in its beliefs and opinions. In recent years, by the time I stop watching the telecast I usually end up feeling offended. I suspect I am not alone in taking offense.

I think most people appreciate great cinematography, music, costumes, a good story and great actors/actresses bringing those stories to life. But increasingly it seems that Oscar night is becoming less about great movies and more about advancements of political correctness and other agenda. Listening to the various acceptance speeches the other night certainly bears out that assertion. Several of the acceptance speeches dealt with gay rights, others dealt with politics and Bill Maher explained how foolish we believers are for believing in God.

I submit that many Americans do not share the same moral and political views held by many within the Hollywood establishment. Therefore, when Hollywood makes movies that advance its own agenda, and then lavishly awards those movies, many Americans feel insulted. Recognizing this, am I saying that Hollywood should give out awards for movies that reflect traditional values and beliefs as opposed to movies that advance the Hollywood agenda?

I recognize that film making is an art. And art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. However, Hollywood films are also a part of a business, meaning the films are made to make money. The films do make money and impact our popular culture. Movies are a powerful medium of expression by any measure. This should lend itself to Hollywood accepting some sense of moral or cultural responsibility for what it sells. But many times it seems that responsibility is ignored in favor of making many movies that contain “what sells”. I leave it to your imagination to define that term.

When Hollywood makes movies containing “what sells”, many of those who hold traditional values take offense. Then when Hollywood refuses to validate those same movies with any award, those who flocked to the movies take offense. For they interpret those actions as Hollywood saying that “those” movies are not art, but are mere intellectual and eye candy. While I may agree with that assertion in some cases, I cannot think of another business model that can sustain itself by offending so many people. Despite this, the show must go on, and as long as the Hollywood establishment is making money, it is not likely to fix this problem.

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Housing Fix

Posted by on Feb 21, 2009 in administration, capitalism, collectivism, housing fix, Obama, personal responsibility | 0 comments

What are we to make of the pending fix the Administration has proposed for the foreclosure mess? I think the first thing to consider is that President Obama has indeed put forth a proposal he believes will keep Americans in their homes. That effort should be applauded, despite any criticisms of the actual plan itself.

Let’s consider the merits of the plan. This is where it becomes more difficult to be complimentary. For the proposed fix does seem to put in place a subjective system of determining who should be bailed out of their mortgage. How does any set of criteria for identifying those eligible for a housing bailout avoid accusation of being arbitrary? The devil is, of course, in the details.

Between the economic stimulus law provisions allowing a Bankruptcy Judge to “pencil” in changes to one’s mortgage, and the proposed housing fix, personal responsibility becomes a casualty.

The destruction of personal accountability is quite serious, if it cannot be restored. The message from the Administration to the public is that “they” know better than you do in managing your financial affairs. The message to the business community is that the American landscape is no longer subject to free market principles. Capitalism is at least temporarily, they say, finished.

The demise of private ownership to the means of production presents a terrible prospect for personal freedoms, once this recession passes. When the housing market and our stock markets do recover, which they undoubtedly will, how quickly will the current reforms be shelved? I doubt it will be nearly as quickly as the reforms or fixes that have been put in place.

What other personal freedoms will be sacrificed in favor of collectivism under the guise of saving the economy? Let us hope the answer is none. Let us also hope that when matters improve, the prospect of private ownership and the puritanical work ethic can be restored.

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Economic Stimulus

Posted by on Feb 18, 2009 in economic stimulus, greed, personal responsibility | 0 comments

$787,000,000,000.00. It’s a number that quite possibly cannot be fathomed. Despite this, it is all we seem to have standing between economic recovery and a deepening recession.

Setting aside the obvious question of whether the stimulus will work, what does the new spending law say about the prospects of private ownership? If greed and excess contributed to the current economic state, are we setting a precedent that the government will bail us out in all such occasions? Do Americans still feel any personal responsibility for accepting mortgages on homes they couldn’t afford? Did we ever share such a sense of responsibility?

Back to the “will it work” question. I am not aware of a recession that was resolved by spending without tax cuts. I am hopeful we can avoid an onslaught of inflation created by spending money printed on paper alone.

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2009 in Hello | 0 comments


Through this blog, I intend to seek perspectives on the current state of the conservative movement, (which I contend is not dead), and find ways to promote its essential values.

I have accepted conservatism as a political philosophy, favoring traditional notions of religious, political and free market economic beliefs and customs. Within the American media, I have found the principles of conservatism are not promoted by the vast array of pundits who seem to merely promote themselves, as opposed to any ideal.

I hope to find evidence supporting my belief that conservatism is not dead, but merely seeking a new, more effective voice.

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