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And Who is Jon Voight Again?

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Everyone has an opinion, but when a celebrity talks people listen.

Or at least can be given prime real estate in a widely read national newspaper without being fact check or checked, period.

So an actor whose heydey was about 30 years ago and who is now known as Angelina Jolie’s estranged father or the punchline from Seinfeld (“I’m driving Jon Voight’s car!) wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post against Obama. 

Highlights from his piece:

  • The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.
  • The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds.
  • Gen. Wesley Clark, who himself has shame upon him, having been relieved of his command, has done their bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean a fellow soldier and a true hero.
  • And while a misleading portrait of Mr. Obama is being perpetrated by a media controlled by the Democrats, the Obama camp has sent out people to attack the greatness of Sen. John McCain, whose suffering and courage in a Hanoi prison camp is an American legend.

The only part of his diatribe that I agreed with was giving props to the soldiers overseas.  Everything else seemed like the ramblings of a disgruntled old man.

It should be noted that Voight is a Republican who often appears on television blasting the right.

I don’t care that Voight is speaking out against Obama.  In a Democracy everyone has a right to voice their opinion.  But what I dislike his the way the argument is framed.  When you bring it, come correct.  Obama wasn’t raised on Farrakhan and to put it out there is disingenuous.  Voight’s statement just helps to perpetuate a lie that riles up plenty of white Americans who fear a black male (in this case, really a biracial male) who tries to run for a position many deem for just white men.

As for young people, I’m not sure how easy it is to “program” a young person’s mind but I do know it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.  Sometimes its hard for older people to realize that things change, outlooks change, and we have to move on to move forward.

I am disheartened by the Post’s decision to print his piece.  But I don’t want what some would deem a “liberal” celebrity to come on and answer his column.  For someone else to come and write an illogical answer just helps to deteriorate the discussion.


Written by rentec

29 July, 2008 at 4:26 am

Posted in blogging

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