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Writing for the University of Mobile’s Center for Leadership, I take encouragement from recent experiences at the movies.
[I]n American pop culture, where liberal Hollywood still reigns supreme, some encouraging signs are emerging even from the movie industry’s citadel.
For decades, the prevailing ethos of Hollywood movies has sneered at faith, sneered at patriotism, sneered at the virtues of personal restraint, and gratuitously promoted senseless violence and other immorality….
But Hollywood is, in the long run, responsive to the dictates of the almighty dollar. This is one case where mammon serves a good cause - because the public so often rejects the Hollywood anti-hero with box office collapses, but still rewards movies that tap into more traditional notions of good and evil.
The good news is that recent months have seen a series of blockbuster movies that celebrate faith, patriotism, and integrity….
The movies I discuss are Flight, Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Miserables. (I also intend to see Silver Linings Playbook and The Impossible soon, but I don’t know if they qualify for the points I make, or not.)
I also recommend that conservatives put money and talent into movie-making.
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?