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Five Things That Scare Me

posted at 7:56 pm on November 1, 2009 by

Normally, I embrace opinions. I traffic in opinions. After all, I’m a blogger. Opinions have been good to yours truly.

But if there’s anything scaring me these days, it’s the blatant use of celebrity opinions with regard to [the correct version, FYI] health care reform. I am appalled at the obviously widespread school of thought among the glitterati that those of us who don’t appear in cheesy horror flicks and bad 1980s TV series care one whit about what actors actually think.

Like Robert Englund, who slams those of us opposed to socialized health care as fearmongerers and liars:

If we’re going to achieve effective health care in this country, we need an honest public discussion based on facts: how do we pay for reform, how will it work, who will be covered?

These are important issues than cannot be solved while lobbyists, pundits and “tea-baggers” are muddying the waters by marketing fear. The only people who should be scared by health care reform are those who make a profit off of other people’s suffering and illness.

And, of course, he has to slam the Tea Party movement, the only truly grassroots political movement in America today, with the sexual insult made popular by a man who has probably done a whole lot of teabagging on his own. But to get back to the parody:

Other things that frighten me:

I’m scared by the enormous amount of chutzpah put out by the Hollywood community—like, the ones who popularized bottled water now freaking out at the number of plastic bottles of water consumed by their fellow Americans.

I’m scared by the celebrity slamming of Soccer Moms and SUVs, even as these people use their private jets, are brought to the studio by limousine (no doubt consuming their top of the line bottled water during the ride there and back), who slam the American working and middle class and then pretend that their own children ever walked to school from their L.A. mansions. (As for the mocking of the Blackberry and GPS—from a Hollywood actor/director/producer? Is he kidding us?)

I’m scared by the ease with which the Hollywood elites embrace the nanny state, and then wonder why children have lost their sense of adventure. It’s because the nanny statists have put so many regulations on what people can do, the outdoors is practically forbidden to the rough-and-tumble kids of yesteryear. You think kids are growing up on the internet? No. They’re growing up with the internet, which is an entirely different concept. But how would Freddy Krueger know anything about kids outside of his own sphere, which is the rarefied air of the Hollywood elite? Real world kids? They’re a whole ‘nother species.

Finally, one thing that’s not scaring me is the way children are managing to be raised quite well without ever knowing there was a scary guy in a mask named Freddy Kreuger, and an actor who conflates his popularity as an Freddy with the conceit that people care what he thinks about things that are not movies.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

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This is another aspect of the left’s embrace of non-realism. Since actors and directors can change the world in their movies by merely speaking, including the very laws of physics, it should come as no surprise they are what the left looks up to.

18-1 on November 1, 2009 at 8:33 PM

*high-five*

Midas on November 1, 2009 at 9:16 PM

I’m kind of scared of the ocean.

BadgerHawk on November 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

I’m scared of this Obama person and his administration. How long can they shoot blanks? It has been a continual cover-up of their vapid, impotent actions: More money spent than ever in the history of the world, and what have they got to show for it? Ultimately nothing. This is our money, completely evaporated. Gone. Now we’re using borrowed funds on more promises and idiotic plans. There is no job growth. There isn’t this great “good-will” feeling throughout the world. I just read that now, Obama has postponed any action regarding more troops in Afghanistan for several more weeks. He is still pondering. He probably has his head on top of the resolute desk in the Oval Office right now, in some Zen state of mind, agonizing about the fate of our troops. We know this because of his Dover “salute”. The press was “quietly invited” to this somber event, as opposed the the fog-horn invitations that normally preclude any Obama activity, simply keeping with the decorum of the very grave occasion.
Maureen Dowd, where are you. to interpret what he really meant?

betsyz on November 2, 2009 at 12:14 AM

Good post.
The appeal to the opinions of celebrities is too typical of the left. The cult of personality comes naturally to them. From Alcibiades to JFK the left wants to worship a handsome human that their PR arm attaches a pretty myth to. It is a lot of the reason why Obama got elected so they know his base will continue to fall for it.

snaggletoothie on November 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM