It’s no surprise that actor James Woods continues to rock the Twitterverse with his criticism of Barack Obama’s policies. It’s widely rumored that there is a fairly large group of Hollywood conservatives, who exchange knowing glances and gather in furtive meetings, careful to stay closeted, lest they endanger their careers. Mr. Woods came out of the closet years ago. Maybe he doesn’t want to work anymore, or maybe he just got sick of pretending. We all know how stressful it can be to try to be someone you’re not. Just ask Bradley, I mean Chelsea, Manning.
It is quite surprising, though, when an enthusiastic Obama supporter, who appeared in a re-election ad for the One before last year’s election, unleashes a profanity-laced rant, expressing his disgust with our historic current occupant of the Oval Office. What has star of Pulp FIction, and numerous other Hollywood hits, Samuel L. Jackson so annoyed? Has he seen the light about the train wreck that is Obamacare, barreling down the tracks, destroying jobs, terminating health insurance plans that people have had for years, and throwing a huge, heavy wet blanket on economic growth? Is he appalled at the unholy mess the Obama administration has made of foreign policy, especially in the Middle East? Is he outraged over the remaining unanswered questions about the murder of four Americans over a year ago in Benghazi? No, it’s speech and grammar.
It was cadaverous Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who first commented on, and then later apologized for mentioning, Barack Obama’s legendary on-off “Negro dialect”, in which he can lapse into the cadence of a black preacher, complete with dropping his “Gs”, and otherwise sounding very “street.” (In fairness to B. Hussein, as transparently phony as this act is, it’s not nearly as cringe-inducing as Hillary Clinton’s infamous Selma performance, in which she quoted Rev. James Cleveland, and drawled “I ain’t in no ways TAAAHHRED.”)
As politically incorrect as Sen. Reid’s observation may have been, he was correct. Barack Obama makes the seamless and convenient adopting of a street thug’s vernacular when he thinks it will enhance his standing before particular audiences, and Mr. Jackson finds that disgusting. From the Daily Mail.UK, quoting from an interview with the actor in the latest edition of Playboy:
Be a leader. Be f******g presidential. Look, I grew up in a society where I could say “It ain’t” or “What it be” to my friends.
‘But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family who cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f*****g conjugate.
Amen. “F*****g conjugate” is a better slogan than “hope and change,” if you ask me.
Then, Mr. Jackson laments the semi-literate state of so many today, who masquerade as educated people. He states:
“I mean, we have newscasters who don’t even know how to conjugate verbs … how the f*** did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable?”
First of all, newscasters? Seriously? I guess I can forgive an actor for thinking that a person working in another profession who does public readings/recitations is a member of some intellectual elite, but experience has shown that newsreaders are among the least informed dullards on earth. As for his question, I’m not sure of the answer. I don’t know the precise moment that we lost any appreciation for the value of proper grammar and erudition, apparently unaware that tolerance for sloppy grammar and speech would eventually spread to low standards of behavior and morality.
One thing I know for sure. It was only after we decided that mediocrity is acceptable that we could elect an affirmative action assisted, narcissistic, thin-skinned, unaccomplished empty suit and left-wing radical extremist with a history of drug use, anti-American associations and proclaimed hostility for the Constitution to hold the office of President of the United States. Expecting someone like this man to be a leader is like expecting your dog to perform an appendectomy. If Barack Obama is known for anything, other than those afore-mentioned radical associations, it is his propensity for voting “present”, which is the antithesis of leadership. If you’re saying: “Thanks a lot, Sam. Where were you with this brilliant insight about Barack Obama last year when you were shilling for his re-election?”, point taken. Obviously, Mr. Jackson doesn’t realize that Obama is the walking embodiment of the mediocrity that he laments.
As Ayn Rand famously said, “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.” The ever-present Obama has always tried to pretend to be in the middle, when in fact he has been wrong on virtually every issue, which makes him both wrong and evil. And, as Samuel L. Jackson notes, he needs to learn to “f******g conjugate”.
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