This past year has been terrible. On the domestic front, Obama’s political and personal pathologies dominate.
I recently spoke with a close friend who is a fine, dedicated physician in a small private practice. He’s considering early retirement. “I don’t think I can continue practicing medicine under ObamaCare. It forces me to pay more attention to paper work than to my patients. It would also force me into bankruptcy. I don’t take Medicare patients. ObamaCare is Medicare on steroids.”
The coming year for ObamaCare, and the vast majority of American people, will be even worse.
On the international scene, the four-year civil war in Syria looks like it will continue indefinitely. Here again, Obama’s lie about a chemical red-line was a defining moment.
A trusted source who is close to Bibi Netanyahu told Seraphic Secret that when Obama reneged on his chemical red-line statement, Israel understood that Obama is “fundamentally weak and untrustworthy.”
Israel will go it alone — with covert assistance from Saudi Arabia.
You know the Middle Eastern center of gravity has shifted, weirdly, when Israel and Saudi Arabia align against an American administration.
For movies, 2013 brought three superb films: Gravity, All is Lost, and Lone Survivor. All are stories of life and death struggles against impossible odds. And all celebrate self-reliance and courage, values under relentless attack by the left.
TCM continues to present the finest programming of classic Hollywood movies on television. But TCM stumbled badly this year when they presented “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”, a 15-hour history of the movies by Mark Cousins. Ostensibly, the series is about “innovation in cinema.”
In truth, the series is hard left, Marxist propaganda.
Cousins obsessively declares marginal, Third World filmmakers, geniuses. It is soft racism at its most blatant. The films he most admires are boring, amateur productions that are, mercifully, unseen outside elitist international film festivals, celebrations of conformist aesthetics that adhere, Stalin-style, to leftist ideology.
Cousins has a fondness for, ahem, “transgressive cinema.” Translation: deviant sexuality. For Cousins, an Irishman who looks like he does not bathe or comb his hair, transgressive is celebrated as a positive value. This is just dopey; intellectual and aesthetic collapse.
Cousins makes token references to the genius of Hollywood. But ultimately dismisses our work as “baubles.” And to underline the point, his camera focuses on colored Christmas ornaments. Subtle.
It does not help that Cousins narrates all 900 minutes of the series. He ends every single sentence as if it’s a question mark. Like this? And like this?
The left preaches that the personal is the political. But we who are religious or Conservative or both, conduct lives that are more varied. No matter how awful the political landscape, I wake up every morning and go to sleep every night beside my wife Karen whom I have loved since I was 9 years-old. We have two wonderful daughters who are married to splendid men. Our three grandchildren are lively and beautiful.
We are blessed.