Skip to comments.Capra Crucifixion (The Spiritual I.Q. of The Founding Fathers & A Palin-Less Debate MUST read)
Posted on 06/29/2011 11:31:43 PM PDT by American Dream 246
Originally appearing on US4Palin, @Twolegsgood, a Palin supporter from Hollywood, writes an excellent piece about the need for a Capra-esque leader, such as Governor Palin, to make a fight for our country. The analogy is fitting. Both of Governor Palins books discuss her admiration for a character in one of Capras films, Jefferson Smith from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In Going Rogue, Governor Palin notes how she had a picture of Jefferson Smith with her at her desk as an inspiration, and in America by Heart, she references Jefferson Smiths story of character in light of adversity and smears.
Here is the piece:
*** Several years back, I wrote an action script with a U.S. President as protagonist that made it to the top of the food chain in Hollywood. Id been compelled to write it by the narrative structures director Frank Capra (MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON) championed in his best films, stories of uniquely American crucifixions. Whenever I took a meeting off the script, Id thank God for Capra because I wrote it as if he would direct, albeit in the Calvary of the modern war theater. (Capra actually directed a couple of action films in the late silent era, though no one but me cares.)
I first knew I succeeded in telling the hard-action Capra story Id set out to tell when a consulting SEAL Team Sixer and the very liberal film producer who optioned it cried when they read its 3rd act denouement.
And the story I set out to tell was about a President who was willing to lay down his life for his country.
Which brings to mind the line-up of would-be Presidents at the New Hampshire GOP debate two weeks ago.
A debate that, for me, was all about what I didnt see.
THE CAUSE OR THE CURE?
What I didnt see was anyone respecting the concerned sacrifices of ordinary (and Capra-esque) Tea Party Americans that cemented their November 2010 wins. Rather, they seemed to be re-debating two-year-old Tea Party arguments as if the election never happened. Perhaps its the folly of allowing CNN to moderate, but underscored was the fact each pol on stage was part of the political culture in one way or another when Tea Party began in 2009. Bachmann was ensconced in RINO-gaming ineffectiveness before she began listening with her Tea Party Caucus (ask the Missouri Tea Party about Bachmann and Roy Blunt). And anyone who doesnt think the Federal Reserve needs to be investigated or used to work for the Fed (Cain) is not Tea Party. Sorry. The cause cannot affect the cure.
THE FOUNDING FATHERS SPIRITUAL I.Q.
I also didnt see anyone at that debate with the spiritual I.Q. of our Founders, those willing to sacrifice hearth and home, fame and fortune, their sacred honor and their very lives for the American freedom that reflects the gift of free will given by our Creator.
Ron Paul came close to this sacrificial spirit when he preached his economic Jeremiads in 07-08. He was a lone voice in the wilderness and evidently paying the price for his honesty at the time. But today hes a spent shell because something other than the founding documents of this nation animate his politics, i.e. conspiracy theories. (How do you lay down your life for a conspiracy? You dont. You just get more paranoid.)
THE NIGHT OBAMA TRUMPED TRUMP
I also didnt see Donald Trump at the debate. And the reason he wasnt there had nothing to do with the birth certificate tragicomedy.
CUT TO: the close up of Trumps pale expression as Obama knifed him from the podium at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
In that painful, on-camera moment, Trump realized just how much it would cost him to run against Obama: Everything. He would have to take the Founders pledge and stake his fame, fortune his TV show all his social and business relationships in order to win the White House. And the cost was too high.
IT IS TO THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A MATTER, BUT TO THE GLORY OF KINGS TO REVEAL IT. Proverbs 25:2
What Trump didnt understand was his burst of political popularity wasnt tagged to the birth certificate issue, per se. Trumps surge was due to the fact he seemed to be staking his lifeblood to resolve a matter that vexed the nation. The glory of kings or Presidents would have been Trumps had he held course and used all means and resources necessary to firmly settle the matter one way or another. (And firmly means WND is nearly-almost satisfied.)
It wouldnt have mattered if Trump was proved right or wrong, voters were reacting to the idea of his sacrifice of putting self- interest aside in order to serve the interests of the people. (This is a supreme political commodity, perhaps the only political commodity.) Instinctually, Americans look for leaders with this type of spiritual I.Q.
THE GRAVITAS OF PATRIOTS
Because this nation can only be saved and a foundational restoration of the nation can only be won by a people with the same sacrificial fight in their hearts as our Founders. It is the only way America can be America again. And only someone willing to sacrifice for our founding ideals will have the spiritual and moral authority the gravitas of patriots to be President.
So, for me, the last GOP debate was about all these things I didnt see. But the most important thing I didnt see was someone who reminds me of the fictitious character in my action script, a true Capra hero, someone whos lived through their own uniquely American crucifixion.
The most important thing I didnt see at the debate was this same someone who embodies Tea Party, someone who, in fact, boldly confronted Obama with Tea Party logic months before Tea Party ever existed.
The most important thing I didnt see at the debate was someone whos carried a cross of discrediting, belittling and mocking in the MSM for years, culminating in false accusations of murder on an international scale.
The most important thing I didnt see at the debate was this someone who has the spiritual I.Q. of our Founders, someone who understands the restoration of this country can only be won by people with that same spirit of sacrifice in their hearts.
The most important thing I didnt see at the debate is someone, who, if she declares shes running for President after all shes endured, by that declaration she will veritably take our Founding Fathers pledge of her life, her fortune, and her sacred honor for the sake of her country.
Because America can only be America again if we have a President with the spirit of our Founders sacrifice in their heart.
This is why the most important thing I didnt see at that last GOP debate was Sarah Palin. ***
The piece captures the Trump dynamic and experience perfectly.
(And IMO the larger point is spot on as well.)
A consulting SEAL Team SIX member... interesting.
Hope I don’t offend anyone but... I feel that Sarah is the only one of ALL the candidates (declared and about to declare and dropped out, etc) who has genuine integrity. That’s the thing that scares people about her. Her politics are more or less, fairly in the ballpark of everyone else. But her character is not.
Palin for President of these divided Blue and Red States...she will unite us all because truth wins!
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I fully agree. And when she will declare (not if) that will be some type of sacrifice for her and her family. I understand she loves to fight but I see that more like a duty for her to save America. That will be very hard - no Alaska - all the hatred..that will be hard for them. Unlike the others who are running for the fame and glory, she will run for duty, like George Washington. That’s what is admirable with Sarah, this purity of character and love of country. I am sure she will hate to live in the White House. So not her style...but she will, and America will revive and shine again.
Sorry about that.
Okay, now you’ve gone and done it. I have goosebumps on my goosebumps. This is by far the most compelling description of eveything I think and feel about Sarah Palin and the politicos who have thrown their worn out hats into the ring, I can’t even think of an insightful comment to add.
Palin was alone for quite some time before others started stepping in, tentatively at first, but drawing courage from her example, and the fact that she kept standing in face of the media onslaught that she was getting during those lonely but productive, post election months, as she was putting together the pieces for a conservative come back.
You guys have to read this!
If you can, please send it to all your friends - mailing list et al. She will need all the help she can get so let’s spread the word. Thanks :-)
I think that Bristol has already let the cat out of the bag. A decision not to run would hardly be a “big announcement”.
I was wondering tonight if I would be as excited if the person who embodied Sarah’s values, passion and record was a man, and the answers is emphatically YES. The fact that she’s female is simply and interesting and surprising (to me, anyway) twist on an all-American story. Bob
So cute! Bringing in a “seal Team 6” member just to cry on cue! America’s Special Forces used as dramatic props.
And look the author “got it right” because a “Seal Team 6” member bawled over the finale of his script! Gee willikers! Did the author have the “Seal Team 6” member cry into a measuring beaker so as to calibrate exactly how “right” the script was. Me, I not bothering with anything less than a 40 cc “Seal Team 6” tears script. Was it only 35 cc of tears? Why doesn’t the author tell us?
Awesome read. Thanks for the ping MM!
He said the man cried, not “bawled”, You haven’t ever seen special operations guys cry when moved?
I’ve never seen the tears of Special Forces Guys used as props to peddle one’s own script, is that what you are asking?
It opens up another career path for them when they move on: see http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2005/10/16/2003275989
Does that help you understand my objections to this?
I don’t understand you at all, you are dishonestly exaggerating, and flitting about like an excited nut.
He never said “bawling”, he isn’t using special operations people as “props”, you use “career path”, post unconnected links.
You haven’t ever seen special operations people cry when moved? Do you closely know a lot of them?
You can understand what I wrote. You do understand what I wrote. You do not WANT to understand what I wrote.
That’s what I think.
I think that you have no ideas related to this at all or else you could manage to say something coherent.
Bawling is a synonym for crying. How’s that for coherence.
Let me ask you: Should the Navy set up a “Seal Team 6” official endorsement program? Could be a money-maker.
All radical exaggeration, you seem incapable of coming down to earth.
Let’s turn George Washington and Abraham Lincoln into salesmen for used cars!
Are you a non military guy, never served?
Your postings are bizarre, and they seem to be obsessed with the fact that an ex-SEAL who works/worked in Hollywood, read a well written, patriotic, Hollywood action script, with a U.S. President as protagonist and was moved enough to cry.
Are you an American by birth?
A most excellent post.
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