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To watch Coming Home three decades later is a distasteful experience. But the film was quite popular at the time, grossing some $32.7 million domestically, roughly 15 times the take of In the Valley of Elah after adjusting for inflation. One can see why it drew an audience. In 1978, there were a lot of educated men in their 20s who had avoided the draft and were vulnerable to accusations that they had shirked their patriotic duty. Coming Home flattered them by telling them that they were better than those who served—not only morally but sexually.
The Vietnam-era antiwar movement was politically potent because it was driven in large part by self-interest. Young men opposed the war because they didn’t want to be drafted; young women, because they didn’t want their men to be. The advent of the all-volunteer military redefined service as a supererogatory act rather than a duty.
Today only those with an ideological ax to grind—including many journalists and filmmakers— have an interest in perpetuating derogatory stereotypes of servicemen. As the Wall Street Journal noted in an editorial, “If Hollywood wants to make war movies that appeal to a broad audience, it could do worse than to take in ‘Taking Chance.’ The Americans who show Colonel Strobl such reverence as he makes his way west are the very audience Hollywood wishes it could reach.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online