Tonight, Obama will be delivering another, no doubt, long-winded hymn to self and the Democrat-Socialist Party of America.
For the countless failures and scandals of his administration, Obama will, of course, blame George Bush, Republicans, Trotsky, saboteurs, Jewish settlers, Fox News, the Tea Party, and, sigh, racism.
Seraphic Secret is not even going to bother tuning in. Really, why bother? Obama is, if anything, predictable.
Instead, we’re going to kick back and watch screenwriter Robert Riskin and director Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe (’41).
Meet John Doe touches on the core issues that concern America: what happens when politicians and the press collude and become a soft tyranny? What does it mean to be a good American? What are the duties of government? And what are the responsibilities of a good citizen? Of course, this being a Hollywood movie, John Doe is a profoundly moving love story about lonely people discovering their vulnerabilities. And because this is a uniquely American story, baseball and a career-ending injury, are a quiet fulcrum for the elegantly structured narrative.
Barbara Stanwyck, Hollywood’s greatest actress, is heart-breakingly cynical and velvet-soft as Ann Miller, the journalist whose desperate lie spins the central plot. Gary Cooper’s unadorned performance as John Doe embodies the quiet American male who endures and ultimately triumphs over political opportunists who have contempt for the people they claim to represent.
This simple moral fable is the perfect film to watch tonight; an antidote to the blatant authoritarianism of Obama and the Democrat party.
The ending of the movie does not call for more government, more programs, more bureaucrats, more taxes or regulations. The film’s simple slogan is a core Judeo-Chritian value, which is, ultimately, Americanism: “Be a better neighbor.”