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