By Dr. Mom
Clash Daily Contributor
It was a bad week for freedom, and an early atheist Christmas for brutal Communist dictatorships.
Wednesday, specifically, was the day Obama proved he will take any illegal act with his magical pen and phone, if it is on his presidential bucket list—and the day when a ridiculous little man half a world away managed to deliver a punishing blow to our most expressive industry in what was once the freest nation in the world. Free expression isn’t quite dead—but it’s not feeling at all well.
First came Obama. Full of himself to bursting, he announced to the English and Hispanic worlds that Cuba will no longer be isolated from the rest of the West. Henceforth, the Emperor decreed, the peoples of the Americas shall become one. He proved he doesn’t mean what we mean when we say “Americans” by saying (in Spanish, of course), “We are all Americans.” It was just last month that he said the only people who have a right to object to immigration are Native Americans.
Cuban and Cuban-connected members of Congress of both parties, House and Senate, decried the normalization of relations with Cuba to varying degrees, with Marco Rubio insisting that Congress will not lift the sanctions, and saying that we can normalize relations with Cuba “when Cuba is normal.” He was also incensed that Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken lied to his face in his November confirmation hearing. Of course, the usual Democrat suspects that often traipse off to Cuba to have their pictures taken and their brains washed just a little bit more praised Obama’s courage.
While that freedom-killing disaster was unfolding, another story was percolating up from the second- or third-string it had been playing in for a week or so. Sony was still dealing with its data breach, an invasive blackmail of a scope never seen before. Private information, personal information, financial information, emails between studio personnel were pouring onto the internet in (no pun intended) torrents. Then the hackers threatened bodily harm to audiences and property damage to theaters that were to premiere the comedy The Interview on Christmas Day.
And that’s when things got weird.
Even as Hollywood leftists were basking in the glow of watching the Castro brothers welcomed into the brotherhood of the Americas, they discovered that Sony has now decided not to release the movie on Christmas Day. And then that they probably won’t release it at all. Movie stars acted like they didn’t know studio heads were spineless weasels. George R.R. Martin offered to screen the film himself. But, alas, the studio feared anyone powerful enough to do so much damage to them already might well be able to do real, physical, fatal damage to citizens and cinemas. While still dancing around it, the Obama Administration has almost admitted they are pretty sure all this hacking was being done by or on behalf of the North Korean government.
Now the administration is interested in doing something about it—which will probably actually become nothing, because that’s the president’s pattern: find out something, throw a petulant fit about it (featuring claims of “outrage” and promises not to “stand for” it), then let it quietly go away. Until a Congressional committee calls in witnesses and finds out that not only was nothing done about it, media quislings were used to make sure it went away.
So, to recap. A scummy and squirrelly little junior dictator whose only accomplishment has been to be born the son of another dictator, who may or may not have been even more scummy and squirrelly (only time will tell) is now the final word on what can and cannot be shown in an American movie theater. On Thursday, by the way, it was announced that a movie in production—a Steve Carell vehicle that was to be set in North Korea—has been shelved. And theaters that were defiantly planning to screen an older movie that ridiculed North Korea—Team America—were told that Paramount would not make it available to them.
All this while the man who has twice sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, on a Bible he takes great pains to quote frequently–and incorrectly—was completing his capitulation to the brutal dictatorial regime “90 miles off the coast of Florida”. That phrase used to be known by every school child, in the same way that every school child could tell you why communism was bad. Now, after decades of indoctrination by Bill Ayers-trained teachers, I’d be willing to bet most people under 30 don’t know how close Cuba is, why Congress passed laws to isolate it—or what could possibly be wrong with communism.
And why should they? Facts are not popular and memory is unrewarded in politics. For example, Obama himself must not remember saying this in 2008:
“My policy towards Cuba will be guided by one word, liberty. The road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with justice for Cuba’s political prisoners, the right of free speech, a free press, freedom of assembly, and it must lead to elections that are free and fair. That is my commitment.”
Another broken promise—this one to two million Americans of Cuban ancestry.
Congratulations, GOP 2016 presidential candidate. You’ve already won Florida.
Dr. Mom is a married mother of three boys and the author of Souls, Bodies, Spirits: The Drive to Abolish Abortion Since 1973. The hills she chooses to die on are the Bible and the Constitution, in that order. In addition to her American Studies doctorate, she also holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and is, therefore, perfectly equipped to interpret the current Administration. She also tweets as DrKC4.