I agree with Rocket Man’s comment that the public is seeing a side of liberalism that isn’t pretty. The media has always portrayed those on the “right” as haters, while treating liberals as high-minded, gentle victims of the right’s irrational anger. This image is reinforced, for example, by endless Hollywood productions about blacklisting in the 1950s. Having been on the left, and knowing many more liberals than conservatives for most of my life, it’s long been clear to me that liberals take a back seat to no one when it comes to hating. And, as one moves a little further to the left, one finds that the real object of the hatred is often America.
One manifestation of this hatred is Hollywood’s love affair with Fidel Castro, discussed in a Washington Post op-ed piece. Strangely, the piece does not appear on the Post’s web site; if I find it later I will post it. Hernandez notes that “the dictator exerts some sort of snake-charmer appeal that makes hardened Hollywood veterans swoon like pre-teen girls at a Backstreet Boys concert.” That appeal, I would suggest, is his ability to survive as a thorn in America’s side. The swooners listed by Hernandez are Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, Woody Harrelson, Matt Dillon, Ed Asner, Shirley MacLaine, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Oliver Stone, and Stephen Spielberg, who recently pronounced his dinner with Castro “the most important hours of my life.”
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