Skip to comments.Bush-Haters Serve Their Own Egos Before Serving Fellow Man (H'wood Actress Slams Appeasers!)
Posted on 06/04/2004 10:24:06 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Those who claim to serve their fellow man have a responsibility to proceed with caution during times of great peril. In conducting the national debate on the war in Iraq in a shrill and reckless tone, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and other critics of the Bush administration are aiding and abetting our enemies.
Kennedy, whose own personal history is questionable at best, has spewed moralistically that, "We now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."
This is but the latest in a string of hysterical statements leveled at the current administration. It is never necessary for a person of good will to recklessly impugn the motives of those with whom he disagrees simply because they might see things in a different light. But are the Bush-haters of good will? Do they serve others or are they serving their own egos and need to be right?
In being bombarded with Kennedy's relentless pomposity, along with that of his protégé, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.,) and many in the media, I am reminded of a fictional character portrayed by actor Hart Bochner in the first Diehard film in 1988.
Bochner's character in the film is an opportunist who claims to know how best to deal with terrorists who have captured his office building. He befriends them, offering himself as the alternative to dealing with a rogue cop played by Bruce Willis. Willis is even scornfully called a lone cowboy.
The terrorists are quietly amused. They use the Bochner character for their own ends. And then they kill him. So much for appeasement.
Thankfully, the film's hero, played by Willis, maneuvers many harrowing obstacles, even running barefoot across broken glass, before he saves the day.
I'm certain President George W. Bush can relate to Diehard with regard to his current nemeses. He needs to keep running the country and this necessary war in spite of his political foes' sharp words.
I discovered, in a bit of wonderful irony, that Diehard's Bochner is the son of another actor known for playing sophisticated know-it-all types, Lloyd Bochner, whose most famous role may be that of Mr. Chambers in an episode of the immortal Twilight Zone television series.
In that story, aliens come to Earth promising cure for disease as long as mankind agrees to disarm itself.
Unlike the character played by his son in Diehard, the elder Bochner's character survives long enough to relate a cautionary tale. He aligned himself with the aliens when they arrived with a seemingly benevolent book, the title of which, To Serve Man, gives the episode its name. The book turns out to be, not a gift, but a cookbook. Too late, the doomed narrator realizes that everyone on Earth is on the menu.
It's serendipitous that two of my favorite fictional examples of elitists getting hoisted on their own petards are played by father and son actors. Both Bochners play to perfection characters with pretentious worldviews that lead them directly into the hands of their enemies.
The Bochners, however, only portrayed fools. Kennedy, Kerry and the other elitists hold the attention of the world stage.
Does this mean one can't ever question a wartime president? Of course, not. However, the tone and timing of a debate dictates whether one is wise enough to decipher true danger.
The Bochners' fictional characters discovered in both of their scripts that due to their pride in their sophistication, they were destroyed by evil. Ultimately, both characters die hard. In real life, today's elitists serve terrorists with wild accusations and their hatred of President Bush. By their demagoguery and sanctimonious tone, they are in fact boosting al-Qaeda's morale and therefore their cause.
If they don't rethink their strategy for discourse, they may find that many of us will join Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl in their horror. Indeed, the left is serving up a recipe for disaster from a most dangerous cookbook.
Giving new meaning to CFR!
"Bochner's character in the film is an opportunist who
The terrorists are quietly amused. They use the Bochner character for their own ends. And then they kill him. So much for appeasement"
Shades of Berg anyone? argh
Thank you for posting this wonderful read.
Man, that's an excellent article. Thank you for posting it.
I can see Kerry saying it.
I wonder if Nick Berg's father sees the irony of saying his son was a friend of the terrorists who then killed his son. Was there a failure to communicate? /Sarcasm
Gross BUT funny! LOL....
GREAT article. Thanks for posting it.
Mr. Kennedy's attack on the President and his policies has reached an unequaled dimension of absurdity a really unparalleled pitch of triteness. He will hurt himself I wish! If one iota of his grievances held truth the whole nation and not just a few malcontents would demand that the President be run out of town on a rail.
When Kennedy submitted that in Iraq only management has changed he purposely put the U.S. on equal footing with the murderous dictatorship of Hussein.
Our media by not rejecting Kennedy's outburst actually validated this Kennedy comparison of equals between Hussein's Iraq and the U.S.
I agree with Abe Lincoln...
"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged."
Sounds like her mother was a REAL reporter.