January 7, 2013

The sub-humanizing of the Hobbity Visigoth extremists takes another step forward

“Nat Geo Producer: John Wilkes Booth ‘Could Be the Poster Child for the Tea Party'”:

Executive Producer Erik Jendresen of National Geographic Channel’s upcoming television movie “Killing Lincoln,” said John Wilkes Booth “could be the poster child for the Tea Party.”

“This is not the act of somebody who can easily be dismissed as a psychopath, so that it’s easy to understand,  ‘Oh well, he was crazy,’” Jendresen said of Booth at a Television Critics Association winter press tour event on Friday in Pasadena, Calif., as initially reported by The Wrap.

“No. It’s more disturbing to find out who Booth was,” said Jendresen. “This is a man who believed what still probably 20 percent of this country still believes. He could be a poster child for the Tea Party.”

Jendresen, who won an Emmy for his work on the HBO World War II drama “Band of Brothers,” is producing the television adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book “Killing Lincoln.”  The film adaptation will air on National Geographic’s cable channel later this year, and stars Billy Campbell as the 16th president with narration by actor and long-time liberal Tom Hanks.

At the press event on Friday, The Wrap asked Jendresen if he thought O’Reilly would agree with his views on the Tea Party and John Wilkes Booth.  Jendresen said, “I can’t speak for Mr. O’Reilly. I think that if you look at the politics of the time, and a lot of the epithets that were being hurled at Lincoln, there was a feeling in the nation that’s not dissimilar from what we’ve experienced in  the past four years in response to Barack Obama – the sense of an imperial presidency or soundbytes about somebody who’s going to proclaim himself king and take over.

Which one never heard from the anti-Bush contingent, or the Occupy Movement favorited by Democratic law makers, who also never engaged in the kind of assassination porn that the TEA Party is famous for.  Despite their having been none of it from the TEA Party, save through the projection of the liberal left (and the GOP establishment), whose specialty seems to be scapegoating, dehumanizing, and shaming.

But then, that’s just nitpicking.  Because, well, we all know that well-behaved civic protests about attacks on Constitution, out-of-control government spending, and high taxes — followed by cleaning up after themselves — is just the kind of behavior would-be murderers engage in right before they carry out their nefarious assassination plots.  I mean, rednecks, right?  Duh.

“It’s stunning to me to read some of the newspaper articles and some of the interviews of the time, some of the contents of the letters and memoirs from the time and some of the things that were thought about Lincoln in the South are so similar to … the dialogue today,” said Jendresen.

What’s stunning to me is that we have here a guy who is executive producing a piece on American history, and it’s clear he hasn’t read a bit about the founders and framers, nor has even the remotest  familiarity with their writings — or even how and why the country he lives in was forged.  Because like most phony sophisticates, he thinks tyranny only comes with military uniforms and riding crops and blustery balcony oratories.

Someone should send Mr Jendresen a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.   If he wants to know where to find poster children for the TEA Party, he might start with the writers and ratifiers of those two documents.

If he wants to find the poster children for progressivism, he can begin by reading Marx, then move on to Prairie Fire.  Then there’s always Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan, a communist and an anti-Israel Jordanian, should he wish to round-out his education.


Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:36am

Comments (23)

  1. proggtard land cont:

    The president’s insistence that Washington doesn’t have a spending problem, Mr. Boehner says, is predicated on the belief that massive federal deficits stem from what Mr. Obama called “a health-care problem.” Mr. Boehner says that after he recovered from his astonishment—”They blame all of the fiscal woes on our health-care system”—he replied: “Clearly we have a health-care problem, which is about to get worse with ObamaCare. But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem.” He repeated this message so often, he says, that toward the end of the negotiations, the president became irritated and said: “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.”


  2. Austerity’s just another word for nothin’ left to spend.

  3. He could be a poster child for the Tea Party.”

    Wait, I didn’t know J.W. Booth owed the feds $145,671.00!

  4. I don’t think Booth really subscribed to ideas so much as sentiments that under the circumstances happened to appeal to his decidedly more #Occupant-like temperament.

  5. They cannot kill us, or at least dismiss out deaths, until they have made sure that we aren’t like them. The class warfare allows them to drain “the rich” dry, while the ideological warfare allows them to demonize half the country before the attempted slaughter.

    “It can’t happen here” my fat ass.

  6. Wait, I didn’t know J.W. Booth owed the feds

    Fixed, temporarily.

  7. Funny thing, that debt clock shows we have already passed the debt limit by $14 billion.

    I guess it’s more like a debt suggestion, than a limit…

  8. “It can’t happen here” my fat ass.

    This is old, but pertinent. I had been unaware that 9th Circus Chief Judge Alex Kozinski grew up in Communist Romania. That’s probably why he gets it:

    All too many of the other great tragedies of history— Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few—were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.

    My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed—where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

    Fortunately, the Framers were wise enough to entrench the right of the people to keep and bear arms within our constitutional structure. The purpose and importance of that right was still fresh in their minds, and they spelled it out clearly so it would not be forgotten. Despite the panel’s mighty struggle to erase these words, they remain, and the people themselves can read what they say plainly enough:

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

  9. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    – Which, counter to whatever one might read into the true meanings of the past two election cycles, the electorate seems to be availing themselves of with wild abandon, and in unprecedented numbers.

    – Booth was the poster child for all sociapaths, obsessed with a subject that makes no logical sense for him personally, simply an unfounded obsession based on irrational “feelings”.

    – Sound familiar?

  10. My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history.

    Hothouse flowers do not believe in killing frost; therefore, it does not exist.

  11. An Obama lover’s lament…
    Freedom’s just another word you’re going to have to lose,
    Nothin’ don’t mean nothin’ Honey if it ain’t free.
    And feelin’ good was easy Lord, I fall for every ruse.
    Feelin’ good was good enough for me,
    Good enough for me but not McGehee.


  12. I did have an uncle on my father’s side named Robert, but I don’t recall anyone calling him Bob, much less Bobby.

  13. I’m just pleased that he credits our hairy-footed extremely extremist extremism as representing 20% of the country. You’d think that our talking heads, with their fixation on identity groups, would accord a little support for an identity group considerably larger than any of the others who are regularly accorded special treatment.

    If I can get accommodation for a Muslim foot-bathing basin in my gender-neutral bath space, why can’t I get accommodation for something as mundane as keeping the fruits of my labor?

  14. – You didn’t labor that.

  15. they’re not your fruits

  16. Crush the figs of the grotto apes and watch them rage

  17. I have an Uncle Bobby and a son who was Bobby, but now insists on being called Bob. Also three cousins named Bobby.

  18. when seconds count, bobbies are minutes away

  19. I had been unaware that 9th Circus Chief Judge Alex Kozinski grew up in Communist Romania.

    Naturalized citizens are, in general, the best citizens we have. It means something to them.

  20. Naturalized citizens are, in general, the best citizens we have.

    Plus which, they were educated somewhere else, and the good stuff may have inadvertently slipped through to them.

  21. when seconds count, bobbies are minutes away under no legal obligation whatsoever even to show up.


  22. The Mainstream Media / Entertainment Complex: Liars, whores, thieves and bigots.