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Ron Howard Yearns for Less Powerful America Not 'Driven by Militarism'
Newsbusters ^ | 04/10/09 | Brent Baker

Posted on 04/10/2009 10:37:51 PM PDT by Big_Monkey

Film director Ron Howard is “very optimistic” about the future of America, so long as the nation makes an “adjustment,” to fulfill his hope a “more progressive” nation will mean “at a certain point I don't think we'll be so consumed with being the pre-eminent super-power and, you know, driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.” Howard's reasoning, on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher, came in response to Maher's formulation that America has “seen better days. We're sort of in place that has made a lot of people nervous. Some people would say this country has jumped the shark.”

Howard, who is out promoting 'Angels & Demons,' a sequel to 'The Da Vinci Code,' replied: “I'm a very optimistic person and I don't want to feel like there isn't growth, but there needs to be an adjustment anyway.” He proceeded to credit the insights he gained working on his movies with Europeans: “I've actually spent a lot more time in Europe and working with crew members and actors and understanding how they live and how they think.” Howard predicted “our lives are going to be better” because “we're going to be more progressive.” Story Continues Below Ad ↓

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KEYWORDS: actors; celebutard; hasbeens; howard; movies; opie; washedup
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Ron Howard is a world class moron. Anyone who's conservative and pays to see any of his movies, might as well just mail a donation to the DNC.
1 posted on 04/10/2009 10:37:51 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Big_Monkey

Opie For President!

On second thought, no thanks.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 10:38:51 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (What did Obama's Teleprompter know, and when did it know it...)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

He is still living in Mayberry. Nice fantasy world.


3 posted on 04/10/2009 10:42:21 PM PDT by voveo
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To: voveo

If he were living in Mayberry, he would be a conservative :)


4 posted on 04/10/2009 10:43:17 PM PDT by Repub4bush (FWF.....Speechless!)
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To: Big_Monkey
Ron Howard is a world class moron.

That's not hard to be, these days.

Anyone who's conservative and pays to see any of his movies, might as well just mail a donation to the DNC.

If the guy makes a good movie, who cares about his politics?

5 posted on 04/10/2009 10:43:55 PM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: Big_Monkey
"...driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.”

Exporting democracy!!! Perish the thought. What a complete jackass.

6 posted on 04/10/2009 10:44:46 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: Big_Monkey

So he filmed two movies in Europe and fell in love with socialism????? well.... good for him, let him move to France.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 10:46:53 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Big_Monkey

Go to hell Ron.


8 posted on 04/10/2009 10:47:16 PM PDT by GreyMountainReagan (Liberals do not view the book 1984 as a warning but as a textbook.)
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To: Big_Monkey

I yearn for a much less powerful Hollywood not ‘driven by defeatism’.


9 posted on 04/10/2009 10:47:50 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Big_Monkey

It’s amusing how all these lib rats talk about the “evils” of America behind the safety of their palatial estates. I would love to see these idiots in South Central LA, or maybe Compton. Let them walk in the shoes of normal Americans, then we’ll see how bad it is.

In fact, they can take a stroll in either Tijuana or Ciudad Juarez. Maybe that will open the eyes of these pampered a-holes. Then they can see that the outside world is dangerous and chaotic.

For the rest of us, we know how good we have it here.


10 posted on 04/10/2009 10:48:05 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: Big_Monkey

Opie never grew up, did he.


11 posted on 04/10/2009 10:48:38 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Big_Monkey

Sit on it, Richie.


12 posted on 04/10/2009 10:50:18 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Big_Monkey

> HOWARD: Yeah, and I don’t think we’ll be, at a certain point I don’t think we’ll be so consumed with being the pre-eminent super-power and, you know, driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.

How intellectual of Opie. Directs movies about NASA, mermaids, a Nixon interview and he becomes a foreign policy expert.


13 posted on 04/10/2009 10:50:31 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Big_Monkey

Hey Opie! How many suckers did you catch when fishing at Mayberry??

I wonder how well his movies do overseas? Something tells me the rest of the world don’t care what Opie thinks.


14 posted on 04/10/2009 10:50:38 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: Big_Monkey
The Andy Griffith Show was once my favorite TV program of all time, no exceptions. Added to that was the fact that Griffith was from Mount Airy, N.C., and that is where my paternal ancestors migrated to Tennessee from.

During the 2008 presidential campaign I saw Howard and Griffith's Pro-Obama campaign videos, as Andy and Opey.
I vowed at that point to never watch that show again, and I haven't.

15 posted on 04/10/2009 10:51:21 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Obama bows down to men with sheets on their heads - The NAACP should be outraged!)
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To: period end of story
"If the guy makes a good movie, who cares about his politics?

Hollywood celebutards are given free reign to say the most outlandish things in very friendly forums. They know that no matter what they say, they won't be challenged. Which is the complete opposite of what will happen to someone from Hollywood with a conservative viewpoint.

If Hollywood was a egalitarian, scholarly place where all political viewpoints are explored in an even-handed manner, I couldn't care less what Ron Howard says because I would know that there would be some counter-point voiced at some time. But, there isn't.

The only way to fight back for a conservative is to vote with their feet, or in this case their wallets. Lower ticket sales mean less prestige for the actors, directors and producers. Less prestige means less opportunities to say crazy-a$$ things in very friendly forums.

16 posted on 04/10/2009 10:52:05 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Big_Monkey

WE certainly won’t be exporting what we don’t have anymore.


17 posted on 04/10/2009 10:52:56 PM PDT by eclecticEel ("Envy is always referred to by its political alias, 'social justice.' " - T. Sowell)
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To: Big_Monkey

I’ll be danged if it isn’t sounding like 1978 all over again, only this time it’s Obama who is incapable of dealing with Iran instead of Carter. Wasn’t Happy Days going strong that year?


18 posted on 04/10/2009 10:53:06 PM PDT by squidly
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To: Big_Monkey

Well done, Large_Simian.


19 posted on 04/10/2009 10:54:05 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: period end of story

I use to agree with your point of view, but as things have progressed to rampant socialism in this country I am of the mindset that you need to put your money where your mouth is.
Don’t support those who undermine your core beliefs. Don’t pay to see their movies(propaganda),
music(propaganda), plays(propaganda),sports(propaganda), television(propaganda, concerts/events (propaganda)...
Don’t support their message by supporting their activities.
We are in a war that once was a war of ideas, but now is a war to protect who we are, what we are and where we came from.
Not a dime to the fifth column.


20 posted on 04/10/2009 10:54:59 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ABQHispConservative
I would love to see these idiots in South Central LA, or maybe Compton.

Let him ride with me tomorrow. I have a road trip pending, and I'm gassy. I don't want to ride with me.

/johnny

21 posted on 04/10/2009 10:57:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Big_Monkey

Please stop posting anything regarding Bill Maher. Thank you.


22 posted on 04/10/2009 10:59:15 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: antceecee

Eaxctly


23 posted on 04/10/2009 11:00:09 PM PDT by bzybee
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To: Big_Monkey

Opie wants the world to have equal power. So when war does take place it is bloodier.


24 posted on 04/10/2009 11:00:36 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: OnTheDress
"Please stop posting anything regarding Bill Maher. Thank you.

Bill Maher is like blood in your stool. Just ignoring him won't make him go away. I'm sorry! :)

25 posted on 04/10/2009 11:01:52 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: max americana
"...a Nixon interview and he becomes a foreign policy expert."

His Nixon movie was so laced with inaccuracies, embellishments and falsities, even Carl Bernstien (yes THAT Carl Bernstien) even put out a statement that loosely said, that's not how it was.

If Carl Bernstien says your too hard on Nixon, then you've really put together a crap-fest of a movie.

26 posted on 04/10/2009 11:04:35 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: period end of story

“If the guy makes a good movie, who cares about his politics?”

You better start caring about all of Hollywood and the so called main stream media’s politics or else you’re not going to have a free country left under you.

Freedom and free markets are disappearing right under our feet and the so called “progressives” (socialists, communists, etc. doesn’t matter what name you call them) are stealing it with the culture war and they’re winning.

Start caring and right now. It may already be too late.


27 posted on 04/10/2009 11:04:36 PM PDT by garyhope (It's world war IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam. VRWC. TWP.)
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To: Big_Monkey

Most Hollywood types are generally insecure people, and want to be liked by everyone, in Europe, etc..

They really don’t express a political view, as such, like a core belief system. They mostly want to be with the “in” crowd; to be seen as “hip”.

Now they’re cashing in with Obama, which sucks, but at least we can see how entertainingly stupid they can be.


28 posted on 04/10/2009 11:06:36 PM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: Big_Monkey

"Hey pa, the kids at school say I'm stupid. Am I?"

29 posted on 04/10/2009 11:06:38 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Big_Monkey

So Ron Howard yearns for the 1930s?


30 posted on 04/10/2009 11:08:04 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrats want nationalized health care? I'll take the coverage Congress has. Nothing less.)
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To: garyhope
You better start caring about all of Hollywood and the so called main stream media’s politics or else you’re not going to have a free country left under you.

Starting...right...NOW.

31 posted on 04/10/2009 11:09:08 PM PDT by period end of story (Give me a firm spot, and I will move the world.)
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To: Big_Monkey

“The wicked gnash their teeth their whole lives”
-Old Testament

Opie speaks for all lefties.

They hate America’s power and are trying to turn us into USSA of EU-rope.


32 posted on 04/10/2009 11:15:27 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in 2009.)
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To: Arizona Carolyn
Yeah he fill in love with Socialist Europe while staying at the Ritz. What a typical shallow condescending little mental midget. Can you imagine this little dick fighting on the beaches of Omaha or on the island of Iwo Jima? I doubt this soft mushy man could kill a roach. A perfectly useless man in time of danger.
33 posted on 04/10/2009 11:16:14 PM PDT by Chgogal (Don't look at me, Comrade. You elected him, our very own President Mugabe!)
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To: Big_Monkey

I finally agree with you. I used to be able to differentiate politics with the entertainer. No more. I’m making a list. My dollars will not go to someone who craps on the land that allows them to do what they do. First on my list is Will Farrell.


34 posted on 04/10/2009 11:17:45 PM PDT by Hildy (Dr. King had a dream. Obama has an ELF who has a “plan”.)
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"First on my list is Will Farrell.

Will Farrell is waging an unrelenting campaign to replace Sean Penn as the country's Douche bag-in-Chief. Penn's not going to go down without a fight, but I think Farrell just may pull it out.

35 posted on 04/10/2009 11:20:46 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Big_Monkey

I was reading the LAT (unfortunately, it was at a McDonald’s) and one of the producers of the movie (name escapes me) even bragged during the interview that they wanted to ridicule Nixon.

No bias, eh?


36 posted on 04/10/2009 11:24:40 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana
and one of the producers of the movie (name escapes me)

Brian Grazer?

37 posted on 04/10/2009 11:27:32 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: period end of story
If the guy makes a good movie, who cares about his politics?

Me.

38 posted on 04/10/2009 11:29:54 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (O-B-A-M-A = One Big Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: Big_Monkey

I agree. I cannot even look at his face without wanting to throw up.


39 posted on 04/10/2009 11:34:22 PM PDT by Hildy (Dr. King had a dream. Obama has an ELF who has a “plan”.)
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To: Big_Monkey

I suspect all of Hollywoods works are lost in torrents of bits these days anyway.


40 posted on 04/10/2009 11:39:44 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Big_Monkey
If Bill Maher's blood is in your stool that's your business.

I just don't need to hear from you queers here.

41 posted on 04/10/2009 11:41:49 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (His legacy is a stain OnTheDress)
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To: Squantos
"I suspect all of Hollywoods works are lost in torrents of bits these days anyway.

I'm normally a law and order kind of guy. And, I realize that downloading of copyrighted material is just like stealing. But, I've got to admit, I absolutely LOVE the fact that it's eroding the profits of the people I loathe and detest. Less money for Hollywood means less money in DNC coffers.

42 posted on 04/10/2009 11:45:06 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Big_Monkey

Put a sock in it, Richie.


43 posted on 04/10/2009 11:48:54 PM PDT by beckysueb (Palin/Jindahl in 2012)
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To: Big_Monkey

Indeed....... most folks that do the pirating thru such are fighting viruses etc on most of em anyway . I have found my local libary has most movies to check out anyway.......:o)

Free..... and then there is Hulu ! Free again to watch about anything I have found. I think that is algores channel yet cheaper than subscribing to cable IMO. again free for Internet service fee ......!


44 posted on 04/10/2009 11:50:35 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Big_Monkey

No, one of the smaller ones on the bill. It wasn’t Grazer for sure.


45 posted on 04/10/2009 11:54:16 PM PDT by max americana
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"No, one of the smaller ones on the bill. It wasn’t Grazer for sure.

Probably a good thing. I certainly didn't need another reason to dislike Grazer. It's nice to know that Howard & Grazer are bringing along jr. producers to help propagate the socialist mantra /s.

46 posted on 04/10/2009 11:58:08 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: ABQHispConservative

> It’s amusing how all these lib rats talk about the “evils” of America behind the safety of their palatial estates. I would love to see these idiots in South Central LA, or maybe Compton. Let them walk in the shoes of normal Americans, then we’ll see how bad it is.

I’d love to see them live in and produce their movies in Cape Town, South Africa.


47 posted on 04/11/2009 12:24:44 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Big_Monkey

Tell him to move to France..


48 posted on 04/11/2009 12:25:04 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Big_Monkey

Opie your pa needs to take you out to the woodshed.


49 posted on 04/11/2009 12:26:38 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Big_Monkey; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave; BOBTHENAILER
“at a certain point I don't think we'll be so consumed with being the pre-eminent super-power and, you know, driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.”

Ron Howard is consumed with being the pre-eminent asshat and, you know, we need to export, you know, his effete ass.

50 posted on 04/11/2009 12:40:34 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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