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The Culture Wars: Conservatives, Patriots Need to Be There

Navy_SEALs_in_Afghanistan_prior_to_Red_WingTo win any battle, be it in reality on the battle field or in politics a person or movement needs to be there on the ground to win. The enemy has to be engaged. In the case of the culture and media we need to have our voices heard and that’s where the conservative movement is seriously lacking. A lot of conservatives out there, especially the religious ones either mock film, music and TV outright or say we’re not represented so we won’t participate. If this was a game in junior high, I’d say fine. But it is not. And I hate to break to all of those people but culture is probably more important than fighting any out right political battle. If we lose the culture, and so far we have, we lose this war.

The late, great Andrew Breitbart would grow frustrated with the lack of interest in the culture wars that he found in the conservative movement. But It’s a lose lose situation and let me explain why. The average American movie goer is ignored and Hollywood loses an entire market and billions and the reason why is we’re not engaged. Simple as that, and the radical left gets to sell its shop worn ideas over and over again and have its message heard, while our voices within the culture are silent.

Here are the facts: The American public is starving for what a psychologist would call validation. What I mean by validation is this: Films that present American culture not as some pie in the sky Norman Rockwell painting but truthful, and real. And I am not talking about propaganda, but stories that lift up the American spirit rather than crush it under the cynicism of trying to sell a film to a jaded and mostly half educated worldwide audience. Where are the stories that talk about the United States in a real way and not a one-sided leftist talking point way?

History is a very blunt discipline, and I hate to tell the leftists out there, but while you are all entitled to your opinions you are not entitled to your own facts. History is fact and fact is on the side of the American Republic if we engage and become energized about the culture around us.

So, we’re left with this question: Why aren’t Americans seeing movies? Well, America doesn’t care to see our men in uniform and the guys who hunt terrorists in the shadows vilified or our citizens made to look like dumb, toothless hillbillies. And let us not fool ourselves if these Hollywood producers felt that they could make money making a movie that uplifted people in the CIA or military they would.

Two films were released this year based on the premise that the White House could be taken over by terrorists. Olympus Has Fallen featured a tired Secret Service Agent hero and North Korean terrorists. It was without a doubt the most implausible story line I have ever heard. The North Koreans couldn’t launch a fleet of rubber ducky’s let alone take over the White House. The other, White House Down, basically attacks conservatives. But darn it, the lead actor is cute.

And White House Down is a huge failure. Olympus Has Fallen was a success and I don’t know why. I really don’t. I fear that says more about Americans lack of knowledge about the North Koreans. But that’s the fare Hollywood gives us. They do not consider us at all.

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Stephanie Janiczek

Stephanie Janiczek is a former Capitol Hill Staff Assistant, Schedule C Appointee and Leadership Institute alum. Military Wife, Hunter, Horse enthusiast, dog owner, writer and feminist kryptonite.