Some of you will recall Joseph McCarthy of the now infamous term, McCarthyism. According to Wikipedia, McCarthyism is “the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence.” It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism…. characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents.”
The truth is that Senator McCarthy was getting uncomfortably close to the actual Soviet Communist spies—so close, in fact, that the Communist Party decided they had to do something about what they saw as the McCarthy problem. What they came up with is no less than what the Progressive-Socialist Democratic Party does today—name-calling. These clever Communist espionage agents coined a phrase that so affected the American psyche that is still used today—long after the death of Senator McCarthy. The term they came up with was “McCarthyism.” That’s right, “McCarthyism” is an invention of the Communist Party.
The problem with the continued use of this term by Progressives and their cohorts is that half a century later, when the Berlin wall fell and the soon to follow demise of the Soviet Union, KGB files were declassified and the “inconvenient truth” emerged—McCarthy was right! The invoking Fifth Amendment Communists he had called before his Senate hearing committee indeed proved to be operatives of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party.
Did America learn from history? The answer is a resounding NO, proving once again the bigger the lie the more likely people will believe it, and the more you repeat a lie the more believable it becomes until it finally becomes accepted as fact.
You don’t believe it? Just recently on Fox News I heard a Republican claim that we have to be careful with our investigations of the so-called “Phony Scandals” or we will be accused of “McCarthyism;” and this in the shadow of the historical evidence that McCarthy was right all along. Perhaps some in the Republican Party are afraid of the truth—you decide.
In 1938, the House Committee on Un-American Activities was created to investigate Communist sympathizers in America. In 1947, ten Hollywood writers and directors refused to give testimony before the committee. Consequently, some of them were cited for being in contempt of Congress.
The Senate Committee believed that the liberal ideas portrayed in films were a threat to America’s traditional values. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Danny Kaye and Director John Houston created the Committee for the First Amendment to protest the accusations. Believe it or not, the Congressional hearings severely damaged Hollywood; many directors and actors were released of their studio contracts and found it difficult to find work.
In October of 1947, Eric Johnston, President of the Motion Picture Association said before the Congress, “We are accused of having Communists and Communist sympathizers in our employ. Undoubtedly there are such persons in Hollywood as you will find elsewhere in America, but we neither shield nor defend them. We want them exposed. We’re not responsible for the political and economic ideas of any individual, but we are responsible for what goes on the screen. We guard that with great care.”
Enter Matt Damon who has joined the ranks of the latest and greatest Hollywood Communist poster children with his new movies Promised Land and Elysium.
Promised Land is a story about the landmen, or one particular landman played by Matt Damon, who believes he has the golden ticket to save rural Pennsylvania. An interesting note: this movie was shot in southwestern Pennsylvania’s shale country.
Peter C. Glover of, Energy Tribune describes the movie:
“You can guarantee that when Hollywood signs up to any liberal left cause celebre the first casualty will be the truth. Yet even as the liberal left urban Hollywood elite want to be perceived as on the side of ‘small town America’, they consistently end up proving they are the very opposite—and completely out of touch with the real world. On that score, Matt Damon’s personal investment and the upcoming anti-fracking (hydraulic fracturing) movie Promised Land, yet again, proves the case.”
“The movie is partly funded by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, a state owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media. Glover states, “Abu Dhabi of course, is a major world oil producer as well as the capital of OPEC itself. Both OPEC and Abu Dhabi plainly have a major stake in undermining the success of shale gas extraction and especially Western public confidence in the fracking technique that makes it possible. Abu Dhabi officials couldn’t care less about the environmental effects of fracking. But they do care a great deal about the 2.7 million barrels of crude the state produces per day, 2.6 of which is for export. While fracking per se is not, for them, the villain of the piece, the issue of booming US production of shale gas and oil is. Shale gas and oil discoveries in the West are already threatening to put an end to OPEC’s economic and political despotism. The last thing OPEC’s members want is an enforced cutback in their production – and their income. It is not hard to see why the non-democratic tyrannies that run OPEC are quite prepared to invest in, and use, naive Hollywood ideologues for their own ends.”
The Pennsylvania, Energy, Environment and Economy’s website describes fracturing as follows:
“Slick water hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is a technology used to extract natural gas, and oil that lies within a shale rock formation thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface.
“Combined with another technique called horizontal drilling, natural gas companies are able to drill previously untapped reserves. The combination of the two has resulted in a boom in domestic oil and gas production over the past five years. Horizontal drilling allows one surface well to tap gas trapped over hundreds of acres. Once the conventional vertical drill hits the shale formation, it turns horizontally. Drilling can then occur in several directions, much like the spokes of a wheel. The well is cased with steel and cement, which is meant to protect gas and frack water from leaking out. Explosives are placed at intervals along the horizontal section of the well to perforate the steel casing. These holes allow the gas, which is trapped in tight formations, to flow up the vertical section of the well. Under very high pressure, a combination of water, sand and chemicals is sent deep into the earth to create cracks and fissures in the shale rock. Those fissures are held open by the sand, allowing the natural gas to flow through those cracks, into the well bore and up to the surface.”
Former Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu said in September of 2008, just months prior to being sworn in, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe” which were $8.00/gallon in Europe when he made that comment. He testified before Congress that he made that comment before he became a “government servant,” whatever that means. He also said that his goal was to not lower gas prices, but to decrease America’s dependency on foreign oil.
There we have it. How else would you decrease America’s dependency on foreign oil except to make it painfully expensive and force Americans to use alternative energy sources?
Creating high gas prices was a tool by Chu and his fellow Progressives to force Americans to seek out alternative energy sources. The average gas price when President George W. Bush left office was $1.45/gallon. Today the average price is $3.57 unless you’re in California where I am, and we’re averaging $4.15.
Regarding another of Matt Damon’s movies with a political agenda, Elysium, Fox News states that the movie is “Set in the year 2154…it imagines a world where two distinct classes remain. There is the overpopulated, crime-riddled, poverty-stricken slums of Earth, and then there are the excessively wealthy who reside on Elysium, a slick, mind-blowing man-made space station that comes complete with a cure for every illness, and humans and robots that stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyles of Elysium’s lucky few.”
Newsmax describes the movie as “sci-fi socialism” and “political propaganda.” Variety said it’s one of the “more openly socialist political agendas of any Hollywood movie in memory, beating the drum loudly not just for universal healthcare, but for open borders, unconditional amnesty and the abolition of class distinctions as well.”
Both movies are more of Obama’s boot on the throat of America in association with his Hollywood buddies.
So tell me. If you are a Patriot, are you concerned enough for America to do something about it with your wallet? As long as you continue supporting Hollywood by paying at the box office, you are literally enabling them to keep trashing our country. We post on Facebook, comment on blogs and some of us write blogs. We attend rallies and protests and wave our flags, but isn’t it time to take it one step further? Join us on Facebook at Boycott Commiewood. It’s time we shut them down before we are totally destroyed as a nation. However, as far and few between as they are, we encourage you to see movies that support America and our traditional values.