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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Tim Robbins redux

The always enjoyable fmragtops, in a comment to an earlier post about Tim Robbins, asks:
Dude, does anybody really listen to what Tim Robbins says? I just read it, and now I got a headache. I hate hollywood.
It's a fair question.

The short answer is: No, nobody really listens to what Robbins says, except maybe his stepmom, Susan Sarandon.

The long answer is: No, nobody really listens to what Robbins says, except maybe his stepmom, Susan Sarandon, but that's the beauty of the whole thing. Let me explain.

Robbins has been spouting the same drivel for God knows how many years. The content is always the same: only the names are changed to identify the newly guilty. He's always on the wrong side of current events and the wrong side of history. Every one of his statements makes it clear he loathes America and is embarrassed to be an American. The principles he espouses are the ones that are always called "idealistic" by fellow traveling journalists, but inevitably end up leading to Presidents for Life, famines, internal security forces that make the old East German Stasi look like hippies, and reeducation camps.

But you know what? I dig that about him.

There's a certain nobility in stubbornly sticking to your position despite the fact that every atom of reality says you're wrong. There's something admirable about continuing to speak up when even the people on your own side want you to shut up. Nobody at all is going to be swayed by anything Robbins says, unless they're swayed in the opposite direction, but not even this can break our hero. Like a creationist staring at a prefectly preserved Neanderthal, he sees his enemy but remains unafraid, for he knows that his armor of righteousness is impenetrable to outside forces.

Now that I think about it, it's the same reason I can't bring myself to hate President Bush: he's exactly the same way. War in Iraq going badly? Stay the course. Largest deficit ever? Steady as she goes. He's earnest, and for the most part believes everything he's saying, regardless of the facts of a particular issue. How can you not respect this????

This is the attitude that allowed our ancestors to crawl out of the water. This is the attitude that tamed fire. This is the attitude that harnessed the atom and put a man on the moon. Above all, this is the attitude that let a bunch of middle-aged white guys say, "We've had enough of your taxation without representation and your stupid tea. We're outta here."

So to fmragtops and all who agree with him: You can say anything you want about me, but I'm not going to sit here and listen to you bad mouth the United States of America.

Anonymous fmragtops said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

I know. I'm pretty good, huh?

It's just a matter of time before Sullivan, Reynolds, Malkin and the rest recognize my genius and quit the biz.'s not possible you mean "wow" in a bad way, is it?



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