Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Hollywood Insurgency

The bad news: like all the good communist dictators they admire,when liberals get unlimited power (like they do in Hollywood), your free speech and political dissent can cost you your job and career. But not your life. Yet.

The good news: it looks like some 600 mostly anonymous men and women working in the film industry, fed-up with the climate of intimidation imposed on them by the overwhelming far-left majority (who decides who is employed and who isn't on the basis of the employee political leaning), came to the conclusion that enough is enough.
They started to meet each other in semi-clandestine meetings and and organize what I ironically named "The Hollywood Insurgency":

Hollywood's Conservative Underground
'Friends of Abe' group meets quietly

A group of politically conservative and centrist Hollywood figures organized by actor Gary Sinise and others has been meeting quietly in restaurants and private homes, forming a loose-knit network of entertainers who share common beliefs like supporting U.S. troops and traditional American values.

Gary Sinise enjoying a little "trigger time" with his Army friends

Some of those involved are taking more public steps to counter the entertainment industry's tilt toward liberalism and Democratic politics, such as campaigning for Republican Sen. John McCain or crafting projects to portray America in a more positive light.

The group, whose members call themselves "Friends of Abe" after Abraham Lincoln, was organized as an underground movement because of fears that prominent industry titans with outspoken liberal views would retaliate, said participants. They often were reluctant to name members of the group in interviews for fear it would hurt their careers.

"It's a growing movement, and word is getting out that there's many of us in this business ...," said 1950s singer Pat Boone, one of the few conservatives to talk about the movement publicly. "If certain studio execs - hirers and firers - learn that this is a movement and growing, and that some of these people that they hire are of this inclination, these people could be unemployed."

The rest of the article and the second Pat Boone video is here

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