has been witness to another battle as the war of ideologies
continues within this country. This war, between patriots who
love their country and leftists who seek to undermine all things
American, is nothing new and should come as no surprise. Remember
the huge public outcry over the Dixie Chicks as they chose to
attack our president from abroad? This recent flap with CBS
was no different as leftist Hollywood attempted to smear the
legacy of President Reagan. Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty
would be proud, as patriotic Americans fight off continued assaults
on our country from the left.
This war is being waged for the minds and hearts
of those Americans who glean what little knowledge they may
have of current events and history from their television sets.
Until the events of 9/11, many of us would have fallen into
this category as well. These people, the misinformed, will eventually
wake up and join the political battle for control of America
and her destiny. Until then, it's of utmost importance that
we continue to win battles in this culture war. We've seen how
the left in America have slowly eroded our values and norms.
One only has to look to recent court battles over the Ten Commandments
and the Pledge of Allegiance for proof of this. America is not
only under attack from terrorism, but from liberalism as well.
Some left-wing pundits have taken the position
that this was only a movie, an entertainment vehicle, and did
not warrant the response it garnered. However, one cannot doubt
the impact the media has on the minds of the masses. How many
Americans now repeat the leftist mantra that Operation Iraqi
Freedom was a "war for oil", or that President Bush
said "Iraq was an imminent threat" or that "Bush
lied"? Nothing could be further from the truth in all instances,
yet the liberal media have helped to entrench these mistruths
in the minds of the masses. We must not underestimate the power
of the broadcast word and its influence on unformed opinion.
Americans are beginning to realize the truth concerning the
agenda of the media and Hollywood.
We cannot allow the hypocrisy of Barbra Streisand
to go unnoticed as she cries censorship. Babs claims this was
part of a sinister right-wing conspiracy, seeking to stifle
"artistic integrity". Where was Ms. Streisand when
liberals sought to silence Dr. Laura? Did Ms. Streisand stand
up for Rush Limbaugh when critics called for his resignation
from ESPN? Someone needs to inform the left that free speech
is a two-way street and the boycott is still considered a legal
means of protest. Are liberals upset that we have borrowed their
favorite weapon to use against them? This is not censorship,
it's simply consumer backlash.
Average working stiffs like myself have begun
to organize to have our voices heard. We have grown tired of
Hollywood biting the hand that feeds them. It's time for them
to take notice; CBS was merely one battle in this broader war.
We don't have access to the TV cameras like celebrities do,
but we do have control over our wallets and our television dials.
It's time for Hollywood to find a new villain; we're tired of
America being portrayed as the bad guy. America is the greatest
country in the world, where people are dying to move here. If
these spoiled stars don't appreciate our country and won't support
it, then why should we support their careers?
Obviously, it's been reported that many Americans
voiced their outrage over this despicable attack, thus defending
the honor of a noble man unable to defend himself. What is being
under-reported is the fact that much of this outrage was in
fact, spearheaded by certain groups that are taking positions
of leadership in this struggle. Groups such as FreeRepublic.com
and PABAAH (Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood)
worked in conjunction with conservative pundits like Matt Drudge,
Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Joe Scarborough in getting
the message out to other patriots.
Are we seeing the emergence of modern day Committees
of Correspondence? Colonial patriots formed such networks during
the decade of turmoil preceding the American Revolution to share
information and plans of action. It's not far-fetched to make
such a comparison. Battle lines are being drawn, that much is
certain. The Internet has proven to be a most valuable tool
with which to share information amongst groups of other like-minded
people. The threat to our way of life is as real today as it
was back in the colonial days. Patriots throughout America are
taking notice and taking action. In fact, we are beginning to
organize boycotts and protests in anticipation of the release
of Michael Moore's conspiracy film "Fahrenheit 911",
which is due out next year.
Aside from the obvious victory we achieved
in the capitulation of CBS, there are several other victories
that we can savor as well. More Americans have awoken to join
us, as their outrage has lifted them out of their fog and has
turned into a new awareness of the liberal agenda in Hollywood.
This is obviously bad news for liberals in America as we gain
new converts. Also, there is a renewed interest in the Reagan
story. Hopefully someone in Hollywood will get a clue that many
would enjoy an accurate depiction of this great man's life and
legacy. Finally, the Reagan family can take solace in the groundswell
of support they received throughout this controversy.
The stakes are very high as we move forward
in this struggle. Some in Hollywood will cry that this movement
is in fact, a renewed "McCarthyism", a return of the
infamous blacklist. We prefer the term Red-White-And-Blue List
as we continue to hold those celebrities accountable for their
anti-American positions. We respect free speech, it's a two-way
street for all to enjoy. What we don't respect is attacks on
people and things we cherish and hold most dear. The Constitution
does not protect one's right to earn our hard-earned entertainment
dollars. Support our country and our way of life and we will
support you. Speak badly of it, side against it, and consider
yourself fired. You are still free to speak your mind Hollywood,
just not on our dime.
Jon Alvarez is a free-lance writer
and the founder of PABAAH,
Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood.
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