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Politically Powerful Films and Society

There is something about a great piece of film that sends a message about all of society.  Finding out about the great parts of history through good film is something that people often overlook.  But it is a great thing to see.  Most of these films are often controversial, but that is one of the reasons that they are so important.

When the film Green Zone came out, a lot of people were screaming about how this film was anti-war, as if that was a bad thing.  The recent attitude that every piece of film about the war in Iraq must show America as the heroes is actually a little distrubing.  Since when has this country been above scrutiny?  Since when has America been so perfect?  The fact is that the lies that got this country into a war need to be talked about.

Part of what made that such an interesting movie was the fact that it was based on a true story.  All of the stories about weapons of mass destruction being in Iraq were lies.  Lies that our government let happen, because, well, the reasons for that will probably never be clear.  It is that way with a lot of our military actions.

Take the film Salvador, which tells the story of a photo journalist in El Salvador.  It is a depressing story about how America is helping dictators stay in power, even though the people tried to free themselves.  At the same time, it showed how easy it is for power over others to corrupt you.  The people tried to take control of their government, but the lies that they were Communists kept the military aid flowing.  It still does to this day.

Another point that Salvador made was the hatred of journalists by the military.  This is an absolute truism.  The fact is that our military and our government hates journalists.  The good ones, anyway.  The corporate media has never been something to fear, because they will never stand firm against the status quo.  Our government has always hated forces that can second-guess them, and show their lies.  Of course, thanks to the corporate media, there is no longer revolt against them.  This is one of the thing that has made the Occupy movement so very cool to observe.  These people are standing tall to fight oppression.  People in this country are oppressed, by a corporate and banking system that answers to nobody.  They are also oppressed by cops who don’t uphold their mandate to protect the people, and instead put them down.

Then there is the fact that politically poignant films tell us the stories about the groups of peole that we don’t want to think about.  Take a look at the film Blood Diamond.  It tells the story of the diamond trade in Africa, and how blood diamonds are driving countries that are hopelessly impoverished, and the people are brutalized by ruthless dictators that nobody seems to care about.  We can talk about spreading freedom all we like about Iraq and Afghanistan, but the fact is that people are being brutalized all over the world, and nobody cares here.  Nobody ever cares about the suffering other places.  We only care when we can blame them for attacking us.

Then there was the film that showed a culture for what it is.  It was called Lord of War.  The monologue toward the end by Nicholas Cage about how the law will fail, because this country is involved in dirt was a very harsh statement about the realities of the world we live in.  America is sending guns to scummy people, and all because we want to remain on good terms with them.

Really, the ultimate statement that is made in these politically-motivated film is that America likes to believe that we are the end of the line, that we tell other nations what’s what.  But the fact is that we don’t.  One of the greatest lines in cinema was delivered in Green Zone.

It is not up to you to decide what happens here.

That’s the truth right there.  America wants to believe that the rest of the world conforms to what we want, but that isn’t the truth.  And until people can wrap their tiny little minds around that very fundamental truth, this nation is going to be the biggest pot of lies, and nobody will care.

Peace out,

Lefty

The Revolution has Begun!

It is happening all over the country.  The massive coordinated strike against people and their First Amendment rights was met with swift and almost universally peaceful retaliation.  It is becoming clear now that these people are not only not going away, they are growing.  Every single day they are growing.  And as people like Mayor Bloomberg in NYC and the police continue to crack down upon them, the protesters don’t get scared, they get active.

Truly, this is an amazing time to be an American.  While there is a massive effort from the Right to make these people out to be villains, the fact is that the Occupy movement is bigger now than it ever was before!  For those who didn’t get to see it in person (as is the case with myself, unfortunately), there was a giant signal that was giving support to the Occupy Wall Street movement on the “Verizon Building” in NYC.  There was an slogan that was displayed on it that needs to be given to everybody.  It is the symbol of the revolution that is growing.

Look around. You are a part of a Global Uprising.
We are a Cry from the Heart of the World!
We are Unstoppable!  Another World Is Possible!
Happy Birthday #Occupy Movement

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.  It is absolute truth.  Another world is not only possible, there are signs that it is growing.  There are signs that the status quo is getting scared.  MSNBC recently ceized a memo from a banking lobbyist group talking about how they are going to be working on a counter-attack against the Occupy movement.  The signs are everywhere that this is making the attention of all America turn to what is happening.

With new data pointing to one in three Americans living just above or below the poverty line, the system needs to change.  What people need to realize is that it can.  Changing it won’t be easy.  It will be an incredibly arduous process.  What is giving so much hope to many is that those who are part of the Occupy movement are showing signs that they are not going to give up.  That the terror that our police force uses against them isn’t going to work.  That the thugs who are in the completely unaccountable police department are not going to force the people to stop.

It is an amazing day today.  The National Day of Action was the response to the corrupt systerm and the thuggery that the cops have employed, none of them standing up and saying that this is wrong.  A retired police captain named Ray Lewis was arrested on the National Day of Action.  Another nice thing that is being pointed out is the lies of the police department.  The clearing of Zucotti Park was a lie.  The police said it was for the safety of those at the park.  That is a completely bogus reason.  It was to get rid of them.  But the very next day, they were back, and stronger than ever before!

Not much more to say, except that the Occupiers must keep on.  The true colors of those in power is being shown.  The fact that the police are nothing more than thugs is being shown.  If I lived where this was happening, or had the money to go there, I would.  Fight on, my fellow warriors of justice!  A better world is possible, and it is starting right now!

Peace out,

Lefty

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