Ten End of the World Films to watch while the world ends.
Hey, why that big frown on your conservative face? It was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it? Man oh man, what a ride!
Alas, The Final Days are upon us. The Return to the Dark Ages. Nero ignited Christians, Inquisitors ignited non-Christians, and soon, don’t be surprised if liberals ignite opponents of gay marriage. Or worse, force us to attend government run counseling classes. (Strike the match, please!) Conflagrations aside, the political, economic and cultural forecast is universally gloomy.
But still, why that big frown on your conservative face?
Contrary to liberal media stereotypes, we conservatives are not dour-faced killjoys; we’re Ever Optimistic! We party hearty and we’re not going to let Obama’s final twist of the knife in conservatism’s back cast a shadow on our day. To quote my favorite band, the Grateful Dead, “I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I’m enjoying the ride.”
We know Nero fiddled while Rome burned only because his entertainment choices were limited. He didn’t have YouTube, Netflix, Redbox, PPV, VOD. DVR or a DVD player. We do! Which is why I’ll be providing for you a list of most excellent End Of The World Movies to enjoy while outside your window America, if not yet burning in flames, steadily smolders to ashes. (I hasten to remind you that igniting liberals to brighten your yard is, however tempting, an unviable and, judging by the demographic charts, a pointless entertainment option, a pyrrhic pyre).
I’ll present that list of movies shortly.
Let’s just stop, take a deep breath and remember how much fun and rewarding it was being a conservative and fighting The Good Fight. That’s what I did after eating my Black Friday Eve turkey dinner (I assume Obama has by now issued an executive order changing the insensitive name of that holiday).
I closed my eyes and travelled back in time to when I was nine years old, stuffing and licking envelopes for my dad’s (failed) congressional run against Democrat lifer-incumbent Ed Roybal in Los Angeles in ‘64. It was then that my distrust of government and love of freedom took hold. I saw myself as a good guy in a contest to the end against the bad guys who wanted to regulate not only world but little nine year old me as well, and I already bristled at taking orders from my old man!
I leaped into the politics and culture of conservatism and have ever since enjoyed and been rewarded by The Red, White ‘n Blue and Liberty And Justice For All and The Magna Carta and Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death and God and Man at Yale and The Gipper and John Galt and Matt Drudge and Brave New World and 1984 and Question Authority and Prop. 13 and Animal Farm and The Cowboy Way and Anthem and American Exceptionalism and Witness and Bombs Bursting In Air and Vaclav and Tear Down This Wall and The Fall Of The Wall and The Shining City On The Hill and The Lone Man Standing In Front Of The Tank and TANSTAAFL and Down With The Man and Question Authority and Don’t Tread On Me and G.I. Joe and Rush and Jesse Owens v. Hitler and The Miracle On Ice and The Alamo and Talk Radio and Radio Free Europe and Up By Your Bootstraps and Thomas Jefferson and Old Glory and The American Spectator and The Shot Heard ‘Round the World and The Underground Railroad and The Federalist Papers and Live Free Or Die and The Velvet Revolution and Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman and The Boston Tea Party and The Tea Party and John Wayne and AuH2O 464 and Bill Buckley and The Silent Majority and Certain Unalienable Rights and Ayn Rand and Mind Your Own Beezwax and The Founding Fathers and Robert Heinlein and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Beware The Eschaton and Democracy and The Emancipation Proclamation and The Iron Lady and The Man of Iron and JP2 and Religious Freedom and The Bill of Rights and Extremism In The Pursuit Of Freedom Is No Vice and It’s Morning In America.
But that was then. Now, It’s Dusk In America.
What made being a conservative (in my case, with a strong libertarian bent) so very exciting and energizing was the thought that we’d of course eventually prompt Leviathan to make a detour, if not a U-turn. We thought man’s courageous yearning for individual freedom would trump his cowardly willingness to knuckle-under to The Man in exchange for a feeble promise of material security. We thought we’d win elections based on the superior reasoning of our arguments (2 + 2 = 4), not continue losing to emotional rhetoric (2 + 2 = 17,000,000,000,000).
DOH! Boy were we wrong!
But Obama’s clinching victory is no reason we conservatives can’t enjoy being American Spectators of The Decline and Fall of The American Experiment! When I watch the news, I pretend I’m watching a 20 trillion dollar disaster reality TV show! It’s hilarious! Scripted by the Marx Brothers!
Hey…wait a darn minute! I AM watching a 20 trillion dollar disaster!!!
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?