The Road To Hell Is Paved With Hypocrisy


Andrew Klavan talks about Matt Damon’s latest stink bomb:

But why should an actor think it’s right to take a $20-million payday (or whatever) to make a $100-million movie touting socialism in the hopes of turning a profit in the free market? What sense does that make? Why should he try to sell us what he wouldn’t buy? I have no problem with the guy sending his kids to private schools — I did too. But then why go around singing the praises of corrupt teachers unions and a failed public system you wouldn’t use? Absurd. Good Will Hunting touts Howard Zinn’s dishonest anti-American history book — while its stars live off the fat of the land. Why does that feel to them like the right thing to do? Or making anti-war propaganda while our troops are actually in the field in harm’s way? WTF?

Some right wingers like to tell themselves that Hollywood types are evil or stupid or more dishonest than the next guy. Personally, I think that misses the more complicated point. I think you can get closer to the truth if you assume that Damon and Clooney are, in fact, good guys — guys you’d like if you met them — and then ask yourself what is it in human nature or American culture that leads them to live one way and sell and celebrate another.

What pried them loose from the truth of their own lives, the truth of their own hearts? It’s almost a kind of madness, isn’t it? That’s what we’re up against, that’s our enemy, not the people themselves.

Unlike those greedy bankers on Wall Street, Matt earns his money. Besides, it’s different when we do it.

Check out the bluest spots on the political map and you will find wealthy neighborhoods. It’s not the same shade of blue you will find on a working man or woman’s shirt collar.

But Klavan is right – they’re not evil. They aren’t really stupid either, at least no more than any other group. Part of their problem is that they don’t live in the real world with the rest of us. As Will Rogers once said, “Rich people are different from you and me.

That doesn’t make them bad people.

When I was in basic training we had to learn how to use gas masks. To make sure we were doing it right they used tear gas. When somebody yelled “Gas!” we would put our masks on. When somebody yelled “All Clear!” we took them off. I remember the instructor saying we shouldn’t trust anyone wearing a mask who yelled “All Clear!”

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65 Responses to The Road To Hell Is Paved With Hypocrisy

  1. yttik says:

    No, the road to hell is paved by someone who will not remove the duct tape! I must speak of banal things, i must. I must also go to work..

  2. yttik says:

    clown, you are living rent free in my brain. its dark up here I hope you have a flashlight.

  3. ack says:

    Okay, so matt damon is dumber than a box of rocks.

  4. ack says:

    my bad. you now rock, I mean rule, my universe

  5. votermom says:

    The road to hell is also paved by regulations.
    Swan shared this great rant.

    I’m old enough to have a vague memory of clothes so white that they were called bright. This happened despite the absence of additives — the ridiculous varieties of sprays and bottles and packets that festoon our cabinets today and that we throw into the wash to try to boost the cleaning power of our pathetic machines and increasingly useless laundry soap.

    Then, the other night, I experienced an amazing blast from the past. I added a quarter cup of trisodium phosphate (TSP) and otherwise “treated” nothing. The results were nothing short of mind-boggling. Everything was clean — clean in a way that I recall from childhood.

    It’s a future in which our clothes are dirty, we have no soap that works to wash our bodies, our dishes are full of gritty film, our floors are grungy, our windows are smudgy, everything more or less stinks like vinegar, our toilets don’t work, our trash is hurled in a pile out back, and vast amounts of our time are spent scrubbing things instead of reading, singing, writing, or conversing. It is a future just like the long-ago past, complete with wash tubs, wash boards, and outhouses — along with their attendant dirt, disease, and deprivation.

    I think I’m gonna try some my next load of laundry..

    • elliesmom says:

      When I was growing up, we had a flock of chickens who were prolific layers so we ate a lot of eggs. Then one day my dad’s doctor cautioned him that scientific studies had shown eating too many eggs would raise his cholesterol levels to places they shouldn’t go. But my dad’s cholesterol levels were actually low. He continued to eat more than a dozen eggs a week until he died at 92. My MIL loved eggs, too, but she listened to her doctor and limited herself to one egg a week u til she died at 63. Neither one died from circulatory problems. But my doctor told me the studies about eggs and cholesterol were paid for by the companies that make breakfast cereal, and I should eat eggs, like everything else, in moderation.

      I remember when companies started hyping “phosphate-free” detergents. I wonder now who paid fir the studies linking phosphates to pollution.

      • votermom says:

        googled a bit and apparently what I really need is STPP (sodium tripolyphosphate) not TSP.
        TSP will create precipitate/sediment.
        But STPP only seems available online (shipping!)

      • DeniseVB says:

        Corporate lobbyists certainly do slather our politicians with money and propaganda, it’s the dirty underbelly of politics I hate. I’m sure the “eggs are bad for you” study was financed by a cereal company 😉

    • Constance says:

      TSP is a miracle cleaner but where do you find it now? I would love to have another vat of the stuff. I looked for it a few years ago and couldn’t find it.

    • swanspirit says:

      Wcmb had it posted to her FB page , I loved it !

    • Erica says:

      I make my own laundry gel out of felsnaphtha bar soap, washing soda, and borax. It works well, doesn’t leave any scent or residue on the fabrics, and decreases static (except there is still some on non-cotton athletic clothes). I love it. Costs pennies compared to store bought, works well, and no fabric softeners needed. It made me wonder what manufacturers put in their soap that makes it so clingy.

    • leslie says:

      I think it was Noam Chomsky who has been critical of bronco for some time. I can’t remember that he was ever pro-bronco, but I could be wrong.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Man, he’s good. Called ’em out as astroturfers too. “Part of the 1st amendment is respecting the views of others……” Cruz was ready for them 😀

  6. TorchWood says:

    Like I care what this apologist/author says. Damon has joined, Mr. Hanks and Ms. Winfrey on a long and getting longer personal blacklist. Heart in the right place, but head up someone’s hind parts. It will be interesting to see if there are any conversions after Jan 20, 2017.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Another good piece in PJ media about the “bored” killers.

    If you can’t go jogging in Oklahoma without being gunned down in cold blood, the violent gang culture is spreading like an aggressive cancer in this country. Already hearing Australia is not pleased this story isn’t getting the same U.S. coverage as St. Skittles of the Sidewalk. Time for Rev. Al to man-up and confront gangs ? Nah, there’s no money in that.

  8. helenk3 says:

    this should have been expected

    companies dropping insurance coverage for spouses and children.
    so your kid can stay on your health insurance until 26 years old but you pay for it

    • wmcb says:

      They always do this shit, Helen. They pass laws assuming that all other factors will stay the same, i.e. that human beings (and companies are run by human beings) will not have any reaction or response at all to that new fiscal landscape.

      It’s insanity. They do it with regulations, with taxes, with all kinds of things. And in their perfect little closed-bubble thought experiment, it works beautifully. Hey, raise taxes, get more revenue!! Give them some onerous regulations, and presto! Problem fixed! Um, no. It doesn’t work that way in the real world, because people react. They change their business model, they shut their doors, they move out of state (or out of country), whatever.

      And EVERY fucking time, the stupid progs are so very shocked that ordinary people acted in ways that any idiot could have forseen (but somehow the vile progs never do.) They are fucking astounded and discombobulated and scrambling for yet another law to “fix” the unintended consequences of the first law. And then it snowballs. Because they refuse to admit that the world is not a neat little social experiment that they can control and tinker with predictably. It’s full of people, who have their own self-interest.

    • angienc says:

      Hey! Ho! What do you know! Romney was right again!

      Saw a report that this will hurt women more than men because of the ratio of female spouses being more likely to be on the husband’s employer health care plan.


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  10. votermom says:

    OT question – I have an old XP laptop (averatec 322hs circa 2004), kids find too slow to use. I’m thinking of putting linux on it will speed it up plus remove virus worries. My gogling has led me to Puppy Linux. Know anything about it?


  11. helenk3 says:

    does this lawsuit against obamacare have any merit?

  12. Rangoon78 says:

    My fondness for some of Socialism’s goals does not extend to a fondness for the glitterati who espouse their love for “the little people.”

    That said, the message that income redistribution is proceeding apace on America is a sound one:

    A 2011 study by the CBO found that the top earning 1 percent of households increased their income by about 275% after federal taxes and income transfers over a period between 1979 and 2007, compared to a gain of just under 40% for the 60 percent in the middle of America’s income distribution. Other sources find that the trend has continued since then. In spite of this data, only 42% of Americans think inequality has increased in the past ten years.

    Attacking this messenger is easy.

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