Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bellow-Fonte

"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare." ~ Edmund Burke

"We've come to this dark time in which the Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended." So says Socialist has-been entertainer Harry Belefonte, speaking of President Bush.

It seems to me, if citizens are having their rights suspended, wouldn't Mr. Belefonte be one of the first to have his right to free speech suspended?

If I were King, (that's what the lefties call Bush) and he spoke in public that way about me, I would, within the powers of my monarchy, throw Belefonte in the dungeon until he rots, or until he sees things my way, whichever comes first.

Oh well. He is just an entertainer, and apparently not a very good one, as he hasn't had a hit since the 60's. Personally, my favorite Harry Belafonte song is "Kingston Town". Have you ever heard it? It goes:

Down the way
Where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop.
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when it got to Jamaica,
I made a stop.

So I'm sad to say,
I'm on my way.
Won't be back for many a day.
My heart is down,
My head is turning around,
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
.

Too bad it wasn't prophetic.

To tell the truth, I don't really care if celebrities say really stupid things about the President, or his administration, or Conservatives in general. They can say whatever they want. America is still a free country, no matter what they say.

My only problem is that so many people listen and give credence to their inane ravings.

There are celebrities on my side, too, but you don't hear much from them. Not that they aren't saying anything. They are. We just don't hear it from the major news sources in America. I won't lump them all together in one monster called the "MSM" or worse, "the media", because it offends honest news people.

I don't listen to them anyway. If I say, "Celebrities should just shut up and sing", I'd have to include those celebrities on my side, as well. So I just tune them all out. And I won't say that, either. They have a right to their opinions. They also have the right to be wrong.

And they usually are.

6 comments:

Gayle said...

"They also have the right to be wrong!" Very good, Mark! They make very good use of that right too! :)

You prove you are very fair-minded: Celebrities do have the right to their opinion no matter how offensive we find it to be, and if we shut down the liberal ones, then we would also have to shut down the conservative ones.

I'm not quite as fair minded as you when it comes to the MSM though. That's probably because I'm out in the middle of nowhere and I only get 6 channels. All of the news stations I get are left-leaning except for Fox. So when I say the MSM is biased, most conservatives know I'm not including Fox. But you are right... not all TV channels are biased, and neither are all newspapers... it just seems that way sometimes. Very frustrating!

tugboatcapn said...

How did "Day-Oh!" Harry get to be a political pundit?

It amazes me that he gets any mention at all. I couldn't care less what he thinks about anything. (Just like he couldn't care less about what I think.)

I am amazed at the way our society seems to put way too much stock in the opinions of celebrities, whether they know what they are talking about or not. i really like Tim robbins as an actor, but I can't stand to watch his movies anymore, because when I see him, all I can think about is how wrong-headed he is about polical things, and how loudly he trumpets his wrong-headedness.

I'm with you, Mark. They all should just "Shut up and sing." Whichever side of the political aisle they hail from.

Stop ruining movies for me. Or stop making movies, and run for office. If anyone agrees with you, then maybe they will vote for you. If you win, then you may be able to make a real difference.

Mark said...

I absolutely refuse to let the actor's ideology interfere with my enjoyment of their craft. I can watch a movie and get engrossed the story or the character, and then they are the character, not the Celiberal.

Goat said...

Perhaps that is why Air America is failing, they are using washed up SNL comediennes as political talking heads, like anyone but a moonbat would take them seriously. As Laura says, they should "Shut up and Sing". I mean come on Babs, Farrel, Moore, Franken and the rest trying to match intellect with Hewitt, Prager, Medved, and Ingraham let alone the Limbaughs, M.Reagan, Townhall, NRO, TWS, Taranto and OPJ, The American Thinker and Spectator and the rest of the conservative blogosphere. They shut down the Wapo with profanity and we build the Federalist Society, The Heritage Foundation and the largest best run grassroots organization ever known. Mark we may hem and haw on how we interpret the Bible though we agree on the end result, we are both strongly on the same political front. The celebs have the right to blab all they want, they don't have the right to be heard , believed or be taken seriously just because they are famous for being a poser acting a role.

Goat said...

The last movie I watched in theatre was the first installment of LOTR and I have never seen Seinfeld, Survivor or the West Wing, though I am a fan of the Dragonball series on the Cartoon Channel and other good anime, pure fantasy with decent morals. I prefer bluegrass to country, heavy metal to hip hop, classical to muzak and jazz to moldy pop. I believe in God the Father, Christ our Saviour and the Holy Spirit as our guide through life, though I will argue the viability of satan as the god of evil all day. I donot argue the presence and effect of evil , I argue the personification of evil in a godhead form, Satan, there is a difference, well you know much of my argument and I leave it at that for now.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great Burke quote!! Harry Belafonte needs to zip it because he's making a complete fool of himself. But that is the great thing about America, you have the freedom to make an idiot out of yourself.

Thanks for telling us about Mike's America's challenge on Reagan. I started my conservative profile on him today. It is going to have at least 2 parts.