From Voices In Our Heads
One of my favorite movies is director Don Siegel's 1964 remake of The Killers. It was supposed to be one of the first "Made for TV" movies, but someone at Universal thought it was too violent so it was released theatrically. Siegel directed two movies, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and Dirty Harry (1971), that are on my List of The 100 Best Movies Ever Made.
And then there's ... The Killers. As a friend of mine said, "Don Siegel was one of those directors who could make good pieces of a movie, but had a hard time making a complete movie." And The Killers is a very good example of that. It's almost good. Too bad, because the cast is incredible: Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Angie Dickinson, Clu Gulager, and ... in the last theatrical role of his 27-year long career ... and the first time he ever played a bad guy ... Ronald Reagan.
I watch this movie at least once every year. During the Reagan presidency I watched it more often than that. No matter how rotten the Real World became, because of the miracle of videotape, I could watch Lee Marvin shoot Ronald Reagan whenever I needed a little morale booster. There is justice somewhere in the world, even if it's only in the movies.
I used to hate Ronald Reagan for a million reasons. The Republicans took an almost-has-been Hollywood celebrity, grafted him onto conservative bullshit, and thus created a president for the Yahoos of America. The Republicans could pick the pockets of the rubes while their celebrity front man razzle-dazzled the crowds with a line of patter sure to please the easy to please Morons of America.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Fucko the Clown announced his candidacy for President of the United States. The Donor Class was briefly derailed when Fucko completely eclipsed their choice for president, Jeb Bush. The Donor Class forgot there was one thing more powerful than their political machinations ... celebrity. Which proved that The Donor Class wasn't as smart as they thought they were.
When Ronald Reagan was president the rubes of America became even more fascinated with money. Big Money. Wealth. They didn't have any, they weren't ever going to get any, but they could watch it on TV by tuning in to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. To these dumbasses, Money equaled Intelligence. In 1987 these same dumbasses bought a book -- part biography, part formula for business success -- called The Art of the Deal by Fucko the Clown and Tony Schwartz. In reality, Fucko didn't write one word of the book, but it sold over a million hardcover copies and cemented in the minds of The Morons of America that Fucko was one of the Titans of Business. A gawdawful star was born.
As president Reagan was telling comfortable lies to his base, another group of grifters elbowed their way onto the political scene ... The Televangelists. They had always wheedled nickels, dimes, and dollars from the god-haunted mentally deficient of America, but they really started hauling in The Big Bucks when they were able to get their tent shows onto cable TV. Regardless of how many of these sleazeballs were found with their hands in the church's cookie jar or in hotel rooms with hookers, there was always another greed-crazed shitheel waiting in the wings ready to hoot and holler for The Lord to keep the tax-free money rolling in. And all those nickels, dimes, and dollars added up to the multi-billion dollar Jesus Industry. Yes ... there are that many suckers in America, Praise the Lord.
Armed with that kind of money and power, the avariciously-united Televangelists became a political force. They realized after fleecing the multitudes that they could also tell their incredibly stupid followers how to vote. After making a quid pro quo deal with the Republican Elites -- don't tax our money and we'll deliver our minions' votes -- the Televangelists told their congregations to vote Republican ... And They Did. That's one of the reasons I don't believe in their god. I think it is more probable that Pinky Lee is The Most High. For those who don't know who Pinky Lee was ... that's why he created Google.
Welcome to the Monkey House...
There is no reason to rehash the 2016 campaign and election. Fucko the Clown tapped into the always simmering hatreds burning in the hearts of the truly stupid, but still lost the popular vote. But since the people only indirectly elect the president, the Electoral College is responsible for this sh*t-show, and Fucko won that contest.
Though the Donor Class isn't very smart ... they're very quick learners. They finally remembered ... the Power of C elebrity.