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Liberal Smear of Thatcher Stresses Need for Conservative Creative Balance
Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Douglas MacKinnon

Posted on 07/23/2010 9:21:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

What a surprise. It seems that another far-left liberal actor has taken a role with the express intent being to smear a conservative icon. In this case, it’s Meryl Streep allegedly trying to dishonor and cheapen the accomplishments of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

How? By of all things, playing Thatcher in an upcoming film. According to The Daily Telegraph of London, the children of the former prime minister are “…appalled at what they have learnt about the film…they think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy.”

When I was at the Pentagon, I had the honor to meet and help brief then-Prime Minister Thatcher. The woman I met was the personification of honor, integrity, determination, and patriotism. Precisely because of their conservative beliefs, she and Ronald Reagan demonstrably helped to shape the world for the better and many on the Left still hate them for it.

Sadly, and quite dangerously, because so much of the entertainment industry is controlled by the left, they have the power to rewrite history, denigrate conservative leaders and policy, exaggerate their own accomplishments, or just outright lie. While they claim “artistic license,” it’s really all about ideology, fear, and loathing.

What’s a conservative to do? It’s rare that I can go to any mainstream Hollywood movie and not see a gratuitous shot being taken at Republicans, conservatives, or Christians. Those cheap shots hurt the bottom-line, as well as punish investors.

With regard to this far-left bias and disregard for investment, there is a parallel exhibited at most major daily newspapers. A senior editor at a well-known paper told me, “My bosses didn’t care about driving away conservative readers because it wasn’t their money. For them, liberal ideology trumps profit or even staying in business.”

That explanation also applies to the haters in Hollywood. Who cares if they drive down or eliminate profit by needlessly attacking conservatives or Christians. It’s not their money.

Conservatives need to step into this arena in a big way. There are a number of conservative billionaires or multi-millionaires in our nation, but only a handful at best who are willing to invest in film or newspapers. Why?

For conservatives like me who also write fiction, I feel an obligation to wave the red flag of warning when appropriate within my novels or short stories. Each and every time I have, I have been attacked by the left. Three quick examples:

In my novel “America’s Last Days” -- which takes place a number of years in the future and depicts a revolution from within -- my characters talk about the just-completed war with Mexico started because of Mexico’s militarization of our southwest border and the many incursions into sovereign U.S. territory by their military and drug cartels.

After the novel came out, I got numerous emails from those on the left accusing me of being a bigot, an alarmist and “anti-Latino.” My Hispanic-American wife was most amused by the last charge. Today, anarchy, chaos, and corruption reign in Mexico and the incursions into our sovereign territory by Mexican forces increase.

Next comes a short-story I was asked to write for Townhall Magazine for their September 2008 edition. I was asked to “fictionalize” what it might be like two years into an Obama administration. In the body of my short story, I imagined (among other things which have come to pass) a car-bomb being detonated in Times Square.

Again came the emails from the left attacking me for being a racist and an alarmist. Of course, when the real Jihadist Times Square bomber was stopped by luck three months ago, no emails from the far-left.

Last is my just-released novel entitled “Vengeance Is Mine.” In the body of the book, my traditional values private investigator weaves in a potentially very serious charge against a former liberal president and the fact that the current liberal president is actively trying to take our guns and ammo as he tries to swing our Republic hard left. Once again, the hate-filled emails have come my way.

On the creative front, conservatives must not shy away from defending our values and our vision for our nation. For the moment, Meryl Streep and the far-left control much of the message.

It’s up to conservatives, moderates and independents to change that destructive dynamic. Words do matter.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: coldwar; collapseoftheussr; hollywoodreds; margaretthatcher; merylstreep; revisionisthistory; stalinsttactics

1 posted on 07/23/2010 9:21:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Gee, I guess ending the cold war without firing a shot and freeing all of Europe from totalitarianism really pissed off Meryl Strep? You think she liked Hitler or something? Shoosh.


2 posted on 07/23/2010 9:24:23 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Kaslin

How? By of all things, playing Thatcher in an upcoming film. According to The Daily Telegraph of London, the children of the former prime minister are “…appalled at what they have learnt about the film…they think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy.”

Have they seen W? What do they expect from these nutjobs?


3 posted on 07/23/2010 9:27:11 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny...its principles are the founding principles." - M. Levin)
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To: Kaslin
Typical leftwing cheap shot.

There is not a single thing that recommends these people - I've scraped more admireable material off the bottom of my shoe.

4 posted on 07/23/2010 9:29:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Mrs. Thatcher is a woman of honor, a patriot and a leader. No wonder the silly, vapid twits in Hollywood would dishonor her, they no nothing of such things.


5 posted on 07/23/2010 9:30:09 AM PDT by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: Kaslin
I've got another film role for Meryl Streep.

LOOKS like a perfect match.

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6 posted on 07/23/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin

Mrs. Thatcher is a woman of honor, a patriot and a leader. No wonder the silly, vapid twits in Hollywood would dishonor her, they know nothing of such things.


7 posted on 07/23/2010 9:30:39 AM PDT by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: alarm rider
Bet you they omit the Thatcher quote: "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" (the popular and possibly a later phrasing)

Margaret Thatcher, in a TV interview for Thames TV This Week on Feb. 5, 1976, said, "...and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."

8 posted on 07/23/2010 9:33:22 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin

Political films like this nearly always fail anyway, it just a question of how much money the political operators behind it are willing to lose.

In the next month, her children should go on every news show imaginable in the next month and tell the world what a joke the story is. It will poison the film before it even gets made.


9 posted on 07/23/2010 9:35:06 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

If Reds continue to smear conservatives, especially to defend Communism, you have to conclude that it is because they love Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Kruschev, Castro, et al.

Stalin alone killed more people than Hitler (20 million compared with 10 million).

Yet the Left does not find Stalin to be as evil as Hitler. Go figure.


10 posted on 07/23/2010 9:35:21 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve always found Streep films to be excrutiatingly boring anyway. Now I see why they talked her up as a supposedly good actress — she’s far left of course. Politically reliable = “great” acress.


11 posted on 07/23/2010 9:40:36 AM PDT by Mere Survival (The time to fight was yesterday but now will have to do.)
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To: Kaslin

The Margret Thatcher will bomb commercially yet probably still be nominated for several Oscars including Best Actress for Streep.

The Academy Awards have become an intellectual masturbation session for the Hollywood left anyway.


12 posted on 07/23/2010 10:10:43 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Le Chien Rouge

The film may bomb commercially, but I recall what someone else conjectured about the Oliver Stone thug-hugging documentaries. They are really intended for lefty high-school teachers across the land to force their students to sit through on class time.


13 posted on 07/23/2010 10:50:36 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

“Gee, I guess ending the cold war without firing a shot and freeing all of Europe from totalitarianism really pissed off Meryl Strep? You think she liked Hitler or something? Shoosh.”

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You silly goose. Didn’t you see “Charlie Wilson’s War”? According to Aaron Sorkin, the Cold War was won single-handedly by a democrat congresscritter with Clintonian personal habits.

Ronald Reagan? Margaret Thatcher? Who they?


14 posted on 07/23/2010 10:54:15 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: a fool in paradise
Funny you should mention Hitler. One of the most successful propaganda victories that the left has ever achieved is convincing almost everyone that the Nazis were 'right wing'. This despite the fact that the Nazis referred to themselves as National SOCIALISTS and subverted the rights of the individual to the rights of the state, in addition to the fact that they rejected or perverted traditional German christian values to suit a radical and collectivist agenda. Many so-called 'former' socialists came out in favour of fascism and and Nazism (Mussolini was himself a former socialist journalist, and Oswald Mosely was a former Labour MP). The ideological gap between fascism and socialism is not the yawning chasm that the liberal left would have you believe. And the idea that traditional western right wing conservatism lay somewhere between Fascism and Communism would be laughable if it wasn't believed so widely. In actual fact, both Nazism and Communism were way over to the left of the Political spectrum and traditional conservatism has never been between them in any sense.

Nazism was just socialism with more overt racism. However, at least the Nazis were more honest about their intentions than the Communists ever were or ever have been. Perhaps that was why the Nazis met their downfall sooner and are now almost universally despised as history's bad guys. Because their greater honesty and the sheer brazenness of their wicked deeds made it impossible for the left to apologise for them and be taken seriously. I have no doubt in my mind that the left would damn Stalin as a right-wing extremist if they could. But those on the left who are not Stalin apologists generally tend to see him as a cynical imposter who was pretending to be a communist or socialist so he could satiate his lust for power. However, even the most agile of leftist mental gymnasts would struggle to credibly portray Stalin as a right-winger, despite their roaring success in applying the label to Hitler and the Nazis and transferring the taint of the latter on to the right wing ideological spectrum they so despise....

15 posted on 07/23/2010 11:26:58 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Kaslin

Worldwide political correctness continues to, successfully, prevent true, political balance from actually happening, worldwide! A leftist slanted MSM, worldwide, a leftist slanted entertainment world, political indoctrination in schools, worldwide, the “dumbing down” of the general public, worldwide, the creation of “man made global warming/cooling”, worldwide, judicial activism, worldwide,...Where are all of the political groups/think-tanks that will, finally, put an end to all of this pro-leftist favoritism, worldwide, and pro-leftist abuses of power, worldwide?


16 posted on 07/23/2010 11:53:45 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Kaslin

http://srnnews.townhall.com/newsbriefs/g/79c91ade-c60d-4efc-a901-293b411f88df

Meryl Streep Likely To Portray Margaret Thatcher As Depressed, Dementia-Ridden

A new movie chronicles Thatcher’s life, mostly from “the recent past,” and highlights the “power and the price that is paid for power.” Right now, Meryl Streep is likely to star as Thatcher.

Cameron McCracken, the managing director of the film-maker Pathe, told the Telegraph that Thatcher’s health won’t be glossed over, but that it will be “treated with appropriate sensitivity.” The film will be fictional, but “fair and accurate.”

You can create whatever reality you want with that kind of statement.


17 posted on 07/23/2010 12:09:17 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Kaslin

Conservatives have the most disposable income-by far. Why there are not a string of conservative universities (I can see a lot of parents refusing to spend their money on anything but a conservative university) or tv/movie studios is beyond me.


18 posted on 07/23/2010 12:10:06 PM PDT by MattinNJ (NJ's new slogan. Garrett and Christie. Perfect together.)
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To: Kaslin

I decided not to watch when I heard that Meryl Streep would be playing Prime Minister Thatcher. I expected her to ruin the portrayal, whether or not the director wanted that outcome.


19 posted on 07/23/2010 4:46:22 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

I won’t watch it either


20 posted on 07/23/2010 4:51:17 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: MattinNJ
You can start with Hillsdale College in southern Michigan, and Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania. Neither school accepts any federal bribes--I mean, funds, and so are free of bogus and corrupt gubbermint swindles such as Title IX and the like.

Hillsdale for one, does not report any data to the gubbermint on 'diversity' or other fradulent attempts at gubbermint control.

As a result of accepting no blood money, these schools are free to teach real American History, real Western Civ, and to honor the expression of faith without having to submit to perversion and scorn from morally diseased leftwing crackpots.

If you want to build a conservative educational establishment, you can support these schools by attending or sending kids, and/or put your money where your mouth is by contributing to these schools' funds. Incidentally, each school offers a substantial, quality education, unlike the masturbatoria such as Princeton and the rest of the poison ivy league.

Grove City College btw, was a favorite charity project of Joseph Norton Pew, founder of Sun Oil Co(Sunoco) and a devout conservative. What an obscenity that his charitable trusts have been seized and sqaundered by loathsome leftwing insects.

21 posted on 07/23/2010 8:32:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
I am thinking seriously of Hillsdale. There should be one in every state and they should advertise that they are fed free and don't brainwash the kids with liberal hogwash.

I dread the day my kid wants to go to a liberal school. Then again, I was surrounded by libs at college and laughed them off. Bob Grant and Ronald Reagan blew those fools out of the water.

22 posted on 07/24/2010 9:14:36 AM PDT by MattinNJ (NJ's new slogan. Garrett and Christie. Perfect together.)
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