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    Although its supporters claim that this committee of the U.S. House of Representatives performed an important function, its critics contend that its abuse of power trampled important First Amendment rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association.

    House Un-American Activities Committee
    By David Schultz

    https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment...ties-committee

    Most people who pay attention to the Left’s attacks on freedom of speech overlook property Rights. In short: Nobody has a Right to commandeer someone else’s microphone in order to get their message out.

    Socialists always had trouble getting people to listen. That is why Hollywood and television parasites have to sneak their messages into everything they produce.

    The Hollywood blacklist flap in the McCarthy Era was about ownership Rights although liberals convinced succeeding generations that “Witch Hunts” were an attack on the Fifth Amendment. In truth, Communist writers and directors demanded their self-predicated Right to preach their sermons with someone else’s property. Legally confiscating someone else’s property is what Hollywood Communists were really after —— not their own First Amendment Rights.

    QUESTION: Who denies everybody else’s freedom of speech Rights more than the government and their stooges? ANSWER: Listen to this:

    VIDEO


    https://video.foxnews.com/v/61527428...#sp=show-clips

    Incidentally, Hollywood Lefties still believe it is fashionable to demonstrate their courage by attacking Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908 - 1957), while he is a loyal American in the minds of most Americans. It was the Left that made Americans look stupid because Senator McCarthy was supposedly tricking them. As it turned out the Venona Papers proved he was right.

    Hollywood Lefties, and parasites in general, made a cottage industry out of attacking a dead senator. Based on that decades-long demonstration of vocal bravery liberals still claim it takes courage to be a liberal. Fear of losing liberal status among their own kind proves that liberals only attack when no courage is required. To paraphrase the old saw “Liberals are guilty of every political crime that does not require courage.”

    Frankly, I always thought those Lefties who went to jail for refusing to testify should not have done time. Jail time made them martyrs to the Left, and heroes to generations of young Hollywood actors who dump on a dead senator because it is fashionable in the eyes of Hollywood’s Old Guard —— and because it is a good career move.

    Naturally, liberals insist they are on the side of justice and human Rights when they defend the actions of violent black racists, Communists, and murderous Muslims, yet liberals come out of the woodwork screaming “Hate speech” whenever a well-known conservative exercises his or her free speech Right.



    You gotta love Sam Goldwyn (1879 - 1974). He was not talking about censorship when he told Leftist screen writers, "Pictures were made to entertain; if you want to send a message, call Western Union." Movie producer Goldwyn was really telling Hollywood Communists ‘Finance your movies with your own money.”

    Unfortunately, to this day Communist/Socialist parasites demand their self-proclaimed ‘Right’ to send their messages with everybody else’s property and money.

    Admittedly, the most skilled Communist screen writers knew how to blend the Communist message with some entertainment value. Big stars mouthing Communist dialogue helped immensely when the movie-going public began to believe everything a star said on-screen and off-screen. Many of those stars believed in Communism anyway. Their recruiting drive went thru the roof when tax dollar subsidies came along. The sad part is: Actors truly believe that getting paid tax dollars for playing make-believe is a major contribution to society. In the real world their contribution is vastly overrated.

    NOTE: Dalton Trumbo excelled at blending:
    Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and is based on the 1977 biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street. The film received generally positive reviews, with Bryan Cranston being nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, although the film itself was criticized for historical inaccuracies and misportrayals of people, places, and events.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumbo_(2015_film)

    ‘Authors’ devoid of talent write touchy-feely garbage to earn their keep. Writers who combine a master’s degree in English Lit with no talent to speak of make a ton of money writing slice-of-life dialogue for movies and long-running characters in television’s entertainment shows.

    NOTE: In her inimitable style Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967) told us that Sam Goldwyn recognized the financial value of skilled screen writers like Trumbo.

    “Sam Goldwyn said, ‘How’m I gonna do decent pictures when all my good writers are in jail?’ Then he added, the infallible Goldwyn, ‘Don’t misunderstand me, they all ought to be hung.’ Mr. Goldwyn didn’t know about ‘hanged.’ That’s all there is to say.”

    Hollywood Communists did get Communism’s hardcore message into a few movies before Democrats began subsidizing Hollywood’s product line with tax dollars:




    Like many Americans, I have watched too many movies during this seemingly unending stretch of glorified house arrest.

    Many of these films I have found on Turner Classic Movies. Even back in the good old days, when I was a free citizen of the United States -- remember that place? -- TCM was my default channel.

    Yes, I know, leftist TCM maven Ben Mankiewicz co-founded the proudly stupid “The Young Turks,” but he and the other hosts keep their politics out of it. Better still, TCM shows uncut movies others do not dare, Blazing Saddles included.

    By now, I have seen most of TCM’s movies, but one aired this past week I had not even heard of. On a whim, I DVR’ed it. Good move. Called Gabriel Over the White House, this 1933 liberal wet dream proved to be the most unapologetic celebration of fascism ever put on film.

    I watched it wide-eyed. The movie opens with the inauguration of Jud Hammond. A laissez-faire back-slapper, Hammond sees the White House as a way to enrich himself and reward his cronies, Depression be damned. The audience assumes Hammond is a Republican.

    Out joyriding one day, Hammond crashes his car and lapses into coma. While still comatose, the Angel Gabriel visits Hammond and turns him into a committed and caring progressive. Is there another kind?

    Upon waking, Hammond convenes his cabinet of corrupt self-servers and rejects their plea that the party must come first. Instead, Hammond insists their first priority be the American people. He refuses to use the U.S. Army against a marching mass of the unemployed and fires the secretary of state when he objects.

    “I suggest you read the Constitution of the United States. You’ll find the President has some power,” Hammond warns his cabinet members. Some power? Fully indifferent to the Constitution, Hammond grabs all the power that can possibly be grabbed.

    When the cabinet objects to his usurpation of power, Hammond fires the cabinet. When Congress threatens to impeach Hammond, he declares martial law and dispenses with Congress. When accused of being a dictator, Hammond argues that his is a dictatorship based on some imagined Jeffersonian principle of Democracy, namely the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

    Now with total power, Hammond enacts a national banking law, stops foreclosures, provides direct aid to some 55 million farmers, circumvents private industry and launches his own “Army of Construction.”

    A young aide, Hartley Beekman, and his female counterpart, Pendie Molloy, serve as something of a progressive chorus. “The way he thinks is so simple and honest that it sounds a little crazy,” says Beekman of Hammond.

    “He’s doing the things you wanted,” Molloy answers. “And If he’s mad, it’s a divine madness. Look at the chaos and catastrophe sane men have brought about.”

    The divine madness includes the creation of a Federal Police force, a subset of the Army, with young Beekman at its head. When the nation’s chief racketeer refuses to go back to his unnamed home country, Hammond warns him that the government is about to “muscle in on his racket” and federalize the sale of alcohol.

    The racketeer fights back, and Beekman employs a legion of tanks Waco-style against the racketeers. When captured, the racketeers are all hauled before a three-man court martial headed by Beekman, promptly declared guilty, and executed en masse by a firing squad.

    Watching this story unfold, I kept thinking that Hammond or Beekman or Molloy or someone would have a moment of reckoning and say, gosh, maybe we’ve gone too far, but that never happens.

    After coercing the world’s nations into disarmament by none too subtly threatening their leaders with aerial mass destruction, President Hammond collapses. As he lies on his deathbed, his face morphs into that of Abraham Lincoln.

    While strains of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” waft in the background, Molloy, played by real life Communist Karen Morley, declares, “He’s proved himself one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

    William Randolph Hearst, then a Franklin Roosevelt fan, financed the movie and helped shape its message. Louis B. Mayer, a Republican, did not read the script prior to production and hated the end product. He released it nonetheless, and it did well at the box office. FDR, who took office soon after the movie was released, reportedly loved the film. Indeed, he seems to have modeled several of his programs on Hammond’s.

    Before the events of the last few months reminded us of the left’s reflexive fondness for fascism, the few critics reviewing the movie thought it a warning about Donald Trump. Of course they did. If self-awareness has never been a liberal strong suit, projection was, is, and always will be.

    April 28, 2020
    1933 Film Shows Left’s Ageless Fondness for Fascism
    By Jack Cashill

    https://www.americanthinker.com/arti...r_fascism.html

    p.s. I do not know Walter Huston’s politics in real life, but he starred in another Communist propaganda piece in 1943 —— ten years after Gabriel Over The White House:

    Mission to Moscow (1943)

    Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036166/

    p.p.s. The New York Times, and the Pulitzer Prize Board, paved the way for Hollywood’s Communists:




    Walter Duranty (May 25, 1884 – October 3, 1957) was a Liverpool born Anglo-American journalist who served as the Moscow Bureau Chief of The New York Times for fourteen years (1922–1936) following the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1921).

    In 1932 Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, eleven of which were published in June 1931. He was criticized for his subsequent denial of widespread famine (1932–1933) in the USSR, most particularly the famine in Ukraine. Years later, there were calls to revoke his Pulitzer. In 1990, The New York Times, which submitted his works for the prize in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted "some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty
    The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible. Eric Hoffer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flanders View Post
    Although its supporters claim that this committee of the U.S. House of Representatives performed an important function, its critics contend that its abuse of power trampled important First Amendment rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association.

    House Un-American Activities Committee
    By David Schultz

    https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment...ties-committee

    Most people who pay attention to the Left’s attacks on freedom of speech overlook property Rights. In short: Nobody has a Right to commandeer someone else’s microphone in order to get their message out.

    Socialists always had trouble getting people to listen. That is why Hollywood and television parasites have to sneak their messages into everything they produce.

    The Hollywood blacklist flap in the McCarthy Era was about ownership Rights although liberals convinced succeeding generations that “Witch Hunts” were an attack on the Fifth Amendment. In truth, Communist writers and directors demanded their self-predicated Right to preach their sermons with someone else’s property. Legally confiscating someone else’s property is what Hollywood Communists were really after —— not their own First Amendment Rights.

    QUESTION: Who denies everybody else’s freedom of speech Rights more than the government and their stooges? ANSWER: Listen to this:

    VIDEO


    https://video.foxnews.com/v/61527428...#sp=show-clips

    Incidentally, Hollywood Lefties still believe it is fashionable to demonstrate their courage by attacking Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908 - 1957), while he is a loyal American in the minds of most Americans. It was the Left that made Americans look stupid because Senator McCarthy was supposedly tricking them. As it turned out the Venona Papers proved he was right.

    Hollywood Lefties, and parasites in general, made a cottage industry out of attacking a dead senator. Based on that decades-long demonstration of vocal bravery liberals still claim it takes courage to be a liberal. Fear of losing liberal status among their own kind proves that liberals only attack when no courage is required. To paraphrase the old saw “Liberals are guilty of every political crime that does not require courage.”

    Frankly, I always thought those Lefties who went to jail for refusing to testify should not have done time. Jail time made them martyrs to the Left, and heroes to generations of young Hollywood actors who dump on a dead senator because it is fashionable in the eyes of Hollywood’s Old Guard —— and because it is a good career move.

    Naturally, liberals insist they are on the side of justice and human Rights when they defend the actions of violent black racists, Communists, and murderous Muslims, yet liberals come out of the woodwork screaming “Hate speech” whenever a well-known conservative exercises his or her free speech Right.



    You gotta love Sam Goldwyn (1879 - 1974). He was not talking about censorship when he told Leftist screen writers, "Pictures were made to entertain; if you want to send a message, call Western Union." Movie producer Goldwyn was really telling Hollywood Communists ‘Finance your movies with your own money.”

    Unfortunately, to this day Communist/Socialist parasites demand their self-proclaimed ‘Right’ to send their messages with everybody else’s property and money.

    Admittedly, the most skilled Communist screen writers knew how to blend the Communist message with some entertainment value. Big stars mouthing Communist dialogue helped immensely when the movie-going public began to believe everything a star said on-screen and off-screen. Many of those stars believed in Communism anyway. Their recruiting drive went thru the roof when tax dollar subsidies came along. The sad part is: Actors truly believe that getting paid tax dollars for playing make-believe is a major contribution to society. In the real world their contribution is vastly overrated.

    NOTE: Dalton Trumbo excelled at blending:
    Trumbo is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by John McNamara. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, and Michael Stuhlbarg. The film follows the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and is based on the 1977 biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015, and was released on November 6, 2015, by Bleecker Street. The film received generally positive reviews, with Bryan Cranston being nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, although the film itself was criticized for historical inaccuracies and misportrayals of people, places, and events.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumbo_(2015_film)

    ‘Authors’ devoid of talent write touchy-feely garbage to earn their keep. Writers who combine a master’s degree in English Lit with no talent to speak of make a ton of money writing slice-of-life dialogue for movies and long-running characters in television’s entertainment shows.

    NOTE: In her inimitable style Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967) told us that Sam Goldwyn recognized the financial value of skilled screen writers like Trumbo.

    “Sam Goldwyn said, ‘How’m I gonna do decent pictures when all my good writers are in jail?’ Then he added, the infallible Goldwyn, ‘Don’t misunderstand me, they all ought to be hung.’ Mr. Goldwyn didn’t know about ‘hanged.’ That’s all there is to say.”

    Hollywood Communists did get Communism’s hardcore message into a few movies before Democrats began subsidizing Hollywood’s product line with tax dollars:




    Like many Americans, I have watched too many movies during this seemingly unending stretch of glorified house arrest.

    Many of these films I have found on Turner Classic Movies. Even back in the good old days, when I was a free citizen of the United States -- remember that place? -- TCM was my default channel.

    Yes, I know, leftist TCM maven Ben Mankiewicz co-founded the proudly stupid “The Young Turks,” but he and the other hosts keep their politics out of it. Better still, TCM shows uncut movies others do not dare, Blazing Saddles included.

    By now, I have seen most of TCM’s movies, but one aired this past week I had not even heard of. On a whim, I DVR’ed it. Good move. Called Gabriel Over the White House, this 1933 liberal wet dream proved to be the most unapologetic celebration of fascism ever put on film.

    I watched it wide-eyed. The movie opens with the inauguration of Jud Hammond. A laissez-faire back-slapper, Hammond sees the White House as a way to enrich himself and reward his cronies, Depression be damned. The audience assumes Hammond is a Republican.

    Out joyriding one day, Hammond crashes his car and lapses into coma. While still comatose, the Angel Gabriel visits Hammond and turns him into a committed and caring progressive. Is there another kind?

    Upon waking, Hammond convenes his cabinet of corrupt self-servers and rejects their plea that the party must come first. Instead, Hammond insists their first priority be the American people. He refuses to use the U.S. Army against a marching mass of the unemployed and fires the secretary of state when he objects.

    “I suggest you read the Constitution of the United States. You’ll find the President has some power,” Hammond warns his cabinet members. Some power? Fully indifferent to the Constitution, Hammond grabs all the power that can possibly be grabbed.

    When the cabinet objects to his usurpation of power, Hammond fires the cabinet. When Congress threatens to impeach Hammond, he declares martial law and dispenses with Congress. When accused of being a dictator, Hammond argues that his is a dictatorship based on some imagined Jeffersonian principle of Democracy, namely the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

    Now with total power, Hammond enacts a national banking law, stops foreclosures, provides direct aid to some 55 million farmers, circumvents private industry and launches his own “Army of Construction.”

    A young aide, Hartley Beekman, and his female counterpart, Pendie Molloy, serve as something of a progressive chorus. “The way he thinks is so simple and honest that it sounds a little crazy,” says Beekman of Hammond.

    “He’s doing the things you wanted,” Molloy answers. “And If he’s mad, it’s a divine madness. Look at the chaos and catastrophe sane men have brought about.”

    The divine madness includes the creation of a Federal Police force, a subset of the Army, with young Beekman at its head. When the nation’s chief racketeer refuses to go back to his unnamed home country, Hammond warns him that the government is about to “muscle in on his racket” and federalize the sale of alcohol.

    The racketeer fights back, and Beekman employs a legion of tanks Waco-style against the racketeers. When captured, the racketeers are all hauled before a three-man court martial headed by Beekman, promptly declared guilty, and executed en masse by a firing squad.

    Watching this story unfold, I kept thinking that Hammond or Beekman or Molloy or someone would have a moment of reckoning and say, gosh, maybe we’ve gone too far, but that never happens.

    After coercing the world’s nations into disarmament by none too subtly threatening their leaders with aerial mass destruction, President Hammond collapses. As he lies on his deathbed, his face morphs into that of Abraham Lincoln.

    While strains of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” waft in the background, Molloy, played by real life Communist Karen Morley, declares, “He’s proved himself one of the greatest men who ever lived.”

    William Randolph Hearst, then a Franklin Roosevelt fan, financed the movie and helped shape its message. Louis B. Mayer, a Republican, did not read the script prior to production and hated the end product. He released it nonetheless, and it did well at the box office. FDR, who took office soon after the movie was released, reportedly loved the film. Indeed, he seems to have modeled several of his programs on Hammond’s.

    Before the events of the last few months reminded us of the left’s reflexive fondness for fascism, the few critics reviewing the movie thought it a warning about Donald Trump. Of course they did. If self-awareness has never been a liberal strong suit, projection was, is, and always will be.

    April 28, 2020
    1933 Film Shows Left’s Ageless Fondness for Fascism
    By Jack Cashill

    https://www.americanthinker.com/arti...r_fascism.html

    p.s. I do not know Walter Huston’s politics in real life, but he starred in another Communist propaganda piece in 1943 —— ten years after Gabriel Over The White House:

    Mission to Moscow (1943)

    Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036166/

    p.p.s. The New York Times, and the Pulitzer Prize Board, paved the way for Hollywood’s Communists:




    Walter Duranty (May 25, 1884 – October 3, 1957) was a Liverpool born Anglo-American journalist who served as the Moscow Bureau Chief of The New York Times for fourteen years (1922–1936) following the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1921).

    In 1932 Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports about the Soviet Union, eleven of which were published in June 1931. He was criticized for his subsequent denial of widespread famine (1932–1933) in the USSR, most particularly the famine in Ukraine. Years later, there were calls to revoke his Pulitzer. In 1990, The New York Times, which submitted his works for the prize in 1932, wrote that his later articles denying the famine constituted "some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye10 View Post
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    The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible. Eric Hoffer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flanders View Post
    Admittedly, the most skilled Communist screen writers knew how to blend the Communist message with some entertainment value. Big stars mouthing Communist dialogue helped immensely when the movie-going public began to believe everything a star said on-screen and off-screen. Many of those stars believed in Communism anyway. Their recruiting drive went thru the roof when tax dollar subsidies came along. The sad part is: Actors truly believe that getting paid tax dollars for playing make-believe is a major contribution to society. In the real world their contribution is vastly overrated.

    NOTE: Dalton Trumbo excelled at blending:
    I happened to surf into this one while the credits were rolling:



    I remember that I and my friends hated that movie when we saw it in 1945 or ‘46. At the time I knew nothing about the Communist message Trumbo wrote into his propaganda screenplay. After learning that Trumbo wrote the screenplay a few years before he went to prison, I understood why that piece of garbage made me vomit when I was eleven years old. I almost throw up at age 86 after watching the first few minutes on television. Three or four minutes was all I could stomach.

    Now that Communists are tearing down every monument in sight, I think it is time for Americans to destroy this one:


    DALTON TRUMBO MONUMENT IN GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO

    https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr...d1_z.jpg?ssl=1
    The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible. Eric Hoffer

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