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Will Ferrell Isn’t Very Funny, Ha, Ha ^ | March 6, 2013 | John Ransom

Posted on 03/06/2013 5:49:01 AM PST by Kaslin

The best political movie of my generation, "Primary Colors," tells the story of Jack Stanton, a small-time Southern governor who becomes president of the United States because he’s willing to sacrifice everything he says he stands for to gain power.

Of course, we all recognize Stanton for who he really is: A thinly disguised portrait of President Bill Clinton, the philandering, charming and wholly immoral talebearer; a simple-hearted liar who can lie about Uncle Charlie winning medals in World War II just as easily as he can lie about his sham marriage.

Far from detracting from the movie, the obvious parallels to Clinton serve to reinforce the cautionary vision that makes the movie so powerful: In a quest to reform the system, a young idealist loses his ideals and, in choosing power over ideals, he becomes the very thing he rails against. 

For many of us, we thought that the cautionary tale reached a high watermark under Clinton. We were wrong.

Liberals, in turn, eventually revolted against the Clintons, against the hard-knuckle tactics, bare-chested romanticism and semen stains that turned high ideals into just another temporary high. 

Instead, they turned to another idealist, President Barack Obama, who, while free of the stains of Uncle Charlie -- and those that come from bare chests that go thump in the night -- apparently has the same willingness to become what he rails against hardest.   

In his latest bid to turn the presidency into a cheap, traveling revival of socialism, radical 1960s ideology and black “power” politics, Obama has begun to sell even more access to the White House. 

It’s not surprising that Obama would do that.

He's, after all, exactly who we thought he was: A professional liberal and dealer in outrage who stays in business by selling a mythical tonic called “fairness.”

Previously -- all in the pursuit of “fairness”-- he sold access to companies like GE, GM, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Solydnra, Microsoft, Google, Kaiser Permanente, DreamWorks and 220 celebrities, like comedian Will Ferrell, who donated $5,000 to Obama’s campaign.   

What’s surprising is that many of the 1960s radicals and their progeny who now rail against corporate greed would be willing to follow Obama’s Pied Piper money parade, not seeing the greed in the president as readily as they see greed everywhere else.

Ferrell, for example, made a generally funny movie called "The Campaign" during the 2012 election, which eventually descended into a political plea to shut up the Koch Brothers, famous for both their wealth and their opposition to Obama. Farrell apparently thinks companies and celebrities that like Obama equal good, and those who don’t, like the Koch Brothers, equal bad.

The First Amendment for Ferrell only applies to issues he agrees with apparently.

I know many liberals to be hypocrites, but I don’t believe all of them, or even a majority of them, are. I reserve that judgment generally for those who are professional liberals like Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and our newest Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew.

Guys like Ferrell, the amateur liberals, are usually just gullible, unwitting bagmen for politicos who want the thin patina of credibility and thick cash that celebrities afford them.

Obama, who's the very definition of professional liberal and politico, needs cash. Obama always needs cash. Like all professional liberals, he’s greedy. He needs money for his mansion in Chicago, he needs money to buy votes, he needs money for vacations, but above all he needs money to keep the good times rolling. Although denied a third-term by law, Obama is determined that the campaigning will never, ever, ever stop.

Did I say never? Good, because I meant it.

“President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: Raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network [called Organizing for Action],” the New York Times reported. “A sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations.”

And although some liberals seem to be going along with selling White House access to donors for "Obama’s Really Big Campaign," to their credit, not all liberals are OK with it.

In the Washington Post  editorial “The Dark Temptation of Money,” the Post editorial board writes: “Judging by recent reports, Organizing for Action should be renamed Paying for Access. The Obama team has been talking about raising half the group’s money through $500,000 donations from the president’s top supporters. They will apparently be offered a spot on an advisory board with the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president.”

And even the New York Times, not known for having second thoughts about bad liberal ideas, is uneasy.

“A closer look at this group shows how disturbing its work really is,” the New York Times editorial board wrote. “Its name is Organizing for Action, and if its initials seem familiar, that’s because the group is the direct descendant of Obama for America, the president’s campaign organization in 2008 and 2012. That organization is now defunct, but its new incarnation has its extremely valuable voter database and many of the same strategists.”

And many of the same dangerous ideas that keeps Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood on the wrong side of Main Street.

You want to get money out of politics? The easiest way is to get politics out of the business of money. There’s only one reason why the GE’s of the world knock on the door of the government. And that reason is money.  

Maybe it’s just me, but I hardly think the thing that will cut the Gordian Knot in Washington will be another high-priced, high-donor lobbying effort by people who can afford to bundle $500,000 donations whether they come from Washington, Wall Street or even Hollywood.

I think even Will Ferrell would agree.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 03/06/2013 5:49:05 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Not a Will Farrell fan BUT,
Stranger than Fiction is an excellant thoughtful movie.
Emma Thompson gives her usual wonderful preformance.

2 posted on 03/06/2013 5:57:53 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Kaslin

Frankly, I’ve only seen one Will Farrell movie that I thought was funny beyond middleschool humor. It was the one where his life was being “written”.

It’s not about his politics, though. I just don’t think he’s funny. We couldnt even sit through Elf. Though I did think praying to “baby Jesus” in Taledega Nights was kinda funny.

3 posted on 03/06/2013 6:04:37 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Joe Boucher

“Elf” was actually funny but one of the biggest commies in Hollywood, Ed Asner, spoils it as Santa.

4 posted on 03/06/2013 6:19:10 AM PST by albie (re)
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To: Kaslin

Do you know what this article needs?

More cowbell

5 posted on 03/06/2013 6:27:04 AM PST by FewsOrange
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To: Kaslin

“Liberals, in turn, eventually revolted against the Clintons. . .”

Lost me right here.

We love “Elf” in our house. “The Other Guys” is a very good comedy, with Marky Mark playing staight man very effectively, though Ferrelll gets pornographic, as is his wont.

And I do wish he and his pals would stop interfering with government. They are silly and unqualified.

6 posted on 03/06/2013 6:29:30 AM PST by stanne
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To: FewsOrange


7 posted on 03/06/2013 6:53:25 AM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Based on a letter from an 8 year old…school is now illegal…”cuz it’s yuckey and dumb".)
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To: FewsOrange
Here ya go...

8 posted on 03/06/2013 6:58:17 AM PST by Jane Long
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To: cuban leaf

His politics notwithstanding, Will Ferrel is only tolerable in sketch-length doses. And even then just barely.

9 posted on 03/06/2013 7:36:16 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Kaslin
I remember when my wife and I saw Ferrell in "Anchorman" -- we sat blank-faced in the theater for nearly 30 minutes, then I turned to my wife and just gave her one of those "is it just me, or is this movie not funny?" She agreed, and the movie never really did get funnier after that.

As far as I'm concerned, Ferrell "jumped the shark" when he left SNL.

10 posted on 03/06/2013 7:50:28 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: stanne
Most most Ferrell movies are bombs but I agree with you "The Other Guys" was funny.

Also, as the article says, "The Campaign" is also funny.

11 posted on 03/06/2013 8:24:14 AM PST by what's up
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To: C. Edmund Wright; Lakeshark

This article is pure gold. IMHO.

12 posted on 03/06/2013 8:30:40 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin
0bama has coined a new term ..... Crony Socialism.

And it REEKS. A thousand times worse than crony Capitalism. At least this still incentivizes the free market and spurs economic growth.

13 posted on 03/06/2013 8:34:07 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross; Lakeshark

Ransom and I are of like mind on this. Several years ago I wrote a piece saying that there is not too much money in politics, there is too much politics in money. I also believe CEW truth of life #1 : “There is no one quite so greedy as a liberal who is ‘not in it for the money.’ “

14 posted on 03/06/2013 8:36:45 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Kaslin
Liberals make good evil characters for stories. Check out Netflex new story. It seems to be based on a little on Bill and Hillary.
15 posted on 03/06/2013 8:55:01 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: albie

Red Asner longs to portray Stalin, and explain what else he did besides murder 20 million of his own people.

16 posted on 03/06/2013 1:04:57 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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