The West's Turning Tide Toward Conservatism

David Mamet
David Mamet

FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE STARED into the soul-gnarling lies, generalized apathy, distortion, and social cannibalism the vast wasteland that Hollywood and its imperialist camps scattered across this once great nation prop up in celebration of diversity to mock purported failures of conservatism and its time-tested platform, and not its own bankrupt utopian visions (for others less talented than them), we can once again embrace a brief respite from the horrors of this cultural war. The turning tide now includes former lefty artist extraordinaire, David Mamet. Pulitzer Prize winner and Oscar nominee David Mamet, who in the eyes of many is America’s greatest living playwright as well as a successful screenwriter and movie director (his better known plays and films include Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Speed the Plow, The Verdict and House of Games) has published an important book called The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, in which, in a no-holds barred approach, he expounds his political and cultural beliefs on the world in general and America in particular.

Mamet, like many in the US today, though probably less so among the usual Hollywood and Broadway types, has in recent years come full circle from starry-eyed liberal to determined conservative, giving short thrift to most of American liberals’ “sacred cows,” in particular ridiculing many of the programs and policies of the current administration with regard to education, economics, health-care, multiculturalism etc.

Liberalism is understood in the US in a very different way than in Europe (and Israel). While in the Old World liberalism is a political philosophy which argues for freedom of the individual in all his activities, including economics, religion, etc. and in particular espouses limited government – in America it is nearly the exact opposite, connoting, among other things, a major role for the state in most of the above. In effect, American liberalism has a much closer relationship with European-style socialism than with classical liberalism.

But while some of Mamet’s polemics about the American political and social scenes may, in the view of some, be debatable or exaggerated, what makes his new book especially important, certainly for Jews, and what sets him apart from some other Jewish intellectuals, is his straightforward, clear-headed and clear-eyed approach to all things Jewish and Israeli. A proud and committed Jew, he closely identifies with the State of Israel, referring to its enemies as “our opponents.”

Read it all in the Jerusalem Post.

Post-Modern Racism: A False Flag of Manufactured Sanctimony

Jeremiah Wright
Jeremiah Wright
WHILE MANY OF US POST-BECKSNIFFIANS are familiar with the shocking news that great things and great people of color have participated as free men in this nation since its beginnings, among his many impoverishing 20th Century shaping deeds, President Wilson fired all the blacks who had found a niche in the US Postal Service. He attempted the same with the Navy, where blacks had found a place as ship's stewards. Astute American Thinker J.R. Dunn continues:

Millard Tydings is a liberal hero for opposing the monstrous Joe McCarthy. He was also a racist of the type who couldn't bear having a black individual enter the same room. Tailgunner Joe financed his defeat at the hands of a political neophyte who ran on a civil rights platform—something the libs never see fit to mention.

While never die-hard crusaders for civil rights, the GOP did strive to act fairly when opportunity presented. It was Eisenhower who enforced the Brown decision in 1954, and it was Eisenhower who attempted to pass a civil rights bill in 1956, which went down to defeat at the hands of the segregationist Dixiecrats. When the Democrats did get around to offering a civil rights bill eight years later, it was Republican minority leader Everett Dirksen who got the bill passed after liberal Democrat Hubert Humphrey failed.

This is the outfit that has set itself up as judge, jury, and lord high executioner of American racists. Which means simply "Americans," since the vast majority of them, like Rick Perry, the GOP rank and file, and the Tea Party members, are not racists at all.

But are instead, honest folks who refuse to be cowed by the true racists, those who see nothing but race agitation in the perfunctory colors of a rather natural rainbow.

The First Lady In Disguise

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
THE GROWING LITANY OF PRESIDENTIAL and quasi-presidential shenanigans—if not outright illegal—are downright dangerous to the constitutional framework of this country.

Sonia0865 comments at American Thinker:

I have been following "halal jihad". What is halal? It is Shariah law compliant diet. It consists of religious ritual in preparation of food. For example, animals must be slaughtered by slitting the throat while the animal is still alive, and this is done while praying to Allah towards Mecca. In Europe, halal meat is sold everywhere. Examples: KFC, Burger King, Domino's, Campbell's Soup among many others. Here in America, Tyson has become shariah compliant, and Costco sells halal meat.

Now what does this have to do with the article posted here? Imams have instructed Muslims to take over the food industry with halal requirements, thereby the economy. Now Michelle Obama is giving them a foot in the door. The liberals don't believe in contributing to Bush's plan of giving money to churches, but Michelle Obama accepts help from Islam as it pertains to what our children eat. Anyone seeing the connection?

We do.

Chaos: The Harbinger Of Order

WHEN THE BANKS STOP LENDING and the dollar drops dead, the leonine principles of chaos will pounce upon us, claws poised, teeth bared. But as horrible as that bit of declarative sounds to the victims of chaos, there may still be a ray of sunshine for America and in turn, hope for humanity, and that hope is presented here in an adaptation of a wonderful comment by a reader at American Thinker in response to an article on The Coming Chaos.

John Griffing has stated the obvious and drawn a single conclusion among many possibilities—avoid default of the American debt crisis at all costs. Financial chaos because it cuts to the root of our sense of well-being can be and in most situations is really frightening. People suffer and die when money values go hiking off in many different directions at the same time. But one of the most unnerving problems with modern America is that no one has suffered recently and we are not sure that we can tolerate feelings like hunger and uncontrolled weather in our living rooms. Whole families would have to take to the roads with backpacks as winter approached like migrating birds.

Yet, I am not pessimistic. While Mr. Griffing is correct about bad things happening to good people, I am just as certain that "this too will pass." Why?

spend, spend, spend

Chicago Tribune, 1934. Sound familiar? Took a war to change things, then, too.

Because economic equilibrium will reassert itself. Chaos is too chaotic to last. Organization is an occasional, but natural state of affairs. We know this from the movies of the end of the world. Each time the world reaches a precipice, it draws back in horror. These movies will be our models. We may have to mimic the Amish or become members of a kibbutz, but with great buffalo meat in our bellies and mighty thunder in our throats we will survive as a people. Extra-privileged classes will have to disperse or reorganize to use less energy—like universities and governments, Hollywood and the NFL.

But physicist Stephen Hawking from the strength of his wheelchair has assured us that knowledge is never destroyed, but merely displaced. In the end we will be fine and the world will be at peace again. Bingo! Now I can go back to sleep and have a sweet dream untainted by reality! Tomorrow I will plant my winter collards and broccoli. If global warming doesn't get me first.

Adapted from a comment by J Levy

When Victoria Jackson Sings It, A Smurfette Wings It

THE BUSIEST OF BAD NEWS HUSTLERS here at Project Scenewash are laughing our dirty socks off and while we had no contribution in making this video, we approve this message, if only because it upsets so many democrats who should know better than to deny their own hidden messages to the world, especially these days when they are so blatant in hiding them.

Sweet, chubby, lovable, blonde and bubbly, conservative, married, and moxy comedienne, Victoria Jackson, of Saturday Night Live fame, starts out slow in this number, but there's no debate that she brings it all home, her way, eventually.

Yeah, okay, so I had a severe crush on her for a couple of seasons when she first surfaced at SNL. With that voice, and those...

The Passive Meaning Of Work

bench couple
Retooling the purpose of a public park...
TODAY, AMERICANS AWAKEN TO ANOTHER HOLIDAY with the bustling of waterside picnics, star-studded telethons, budget-friendly car sales, and a cascade of sports events suited up as far as the camera can field. Summer holidays all seem the same, flag-waving and potato salad, white sales and peculiar packaging of the same old song and dance.

By 1914, the American Federation of Labor was deeply disturbed by this tendency to depoliticize what they saw as a holiday to aggrandize labor unions and try to brainwash the masses with socialist propaganda. “Shall Labor Day lose its distinctive character and become a mere holiday for general meaningless purposes and for the exploitation for private profit?” a union publication asked. “Some labor organizations … have abandoned regular Labor Day demonstrations, parades, meetings, addresses, in the belief that such expenditure of time, effort and money is wasteful. This is a most serious mistake. … Observance of the day is a means of educating public thought and agents for molding public opinion in regard to the principles and purposes of the labor movement.”

Having turned away from the seventh day as a day of rest from all our labors to shop and shame our Maker in menial tasks, even as a conservative, one should empathize with people whose choice or right to work in order to support himself and his family is often blighted by economic forces which make this task an even more arduous one. Have Americans forgotten how to recall the history of a great nation and a great people with any other spirit short of merchandizing it to death?

The life sentence given to humanity by Yahweh to Adam that ye shall work by the sweat of your brow can often, in this ruthless roulette game, begin as or become a pleasurable task followed by a satisfying if not formidable reward for one's labor, but far too often far too few of these outcomes are presented to the larger dispossessed sectors of humanity. Enter politics the savior.

And MANKIND has been chasing its own tale ever since.

Read it all.

Of Tea Parties, Confederates and Sugar-Coated Do-Nuthins

Every Gang An Aggressor
Every Gang An Aggressor, We Told You We Didn't Like Your Kind Around Here

IN ANOTHER SHREWD BUT OBVIOUS MOVE, we at Project Scenewash jest and dangle from the limbs of just desserts when we state for the record that it has been revealed to us through fact and fiction that the Left is "the master" of political projection and audience misdirection. But like many who have no doubt kicked at the gravel beneath our feet, we too confess there are times that we try to see things from the Left's point of view but the big picture they paint just NEVER makes any sense at all to us. And we ain't big time successful capitalists, peace time, war time, beat 'em up, bang 'em down social banqueteers either, just ordinary working folks who choose to err on the side of humility, even humble arrogance (much preferable to arrogant humility) in our lives so as to plead justice for all in our spare time, not just for the "special" classes who seem to move in cotton pickin' what's up is down pecking ordered herds and seek dominance over others, nevertheless, but for the common idealist among us, the one who practices the kinder gentler arts of friendship, polite political gamemanship, kinetic oratory in the marketplace always with a strong dose of spiritual hope, but raises none of these to the height of a false idol.

With these few concessions offered to both free spirited friend and foe alike, we encourage you to read the following essay with its hidden emphasis on pots and kettles. While the Right can be soundly debated on one issue or another (with a nod to the libertarian's take on the constitutional pursuit of happiness language), it's clear why some people will NEVER understand nor compromise with the hysterical and fact-fudging Left.

American Thinker: Tea Parties are like the confederates or something...