Here’s a guy I just don’t think about very often.
Yes.. I’ve enjoyed a number of his movies over the years, particularly in the 1990’s, but my world moved on and he just didn’t maintain that position of importance. He wasn’t on my bus, so to speak.
However… I find him interesting once again.
Mr. Kusak seems astonished that there were no “Liberal” Democrats supporting Rand Paul’s filibuster of John Brennan’s appointment to the head of the CIA. Rand Paul’s filibuster was brought about due to Mr. Brennan’s being the designer of the current Drone policy and the claimed unilateral ability by the Obama Administration of the power to kill U.S. Citizens on American soil.
While the Drone Debate is a very good one and needs to be fleshed out completely, it’s Kusak’s Astonishment that I’m fascinated by.
We have talked about Cognitive Dissonance in the past. It’s when an individual encounters, or realizes, their support for certain ideas runs counter to what reality presents them. It’s an extreme form of confusion due to the heighten level of personal investment the individual has in his idea being the correct one.
Well, Mr. Kusak is very confused. Astonished even. John’s tweets regarding the Paul event can be found at Twitchy. It doesn’t take long and it’s worth reading all of them.
Mr. Kusak laments the absence of Democrats “standing up to Obama” over his supposed “transition” into something he doesn’t like but cannot seem to define.
John Cusack: Where are the Democrats to stand up to ‘regressive corporate warlord’ Obama?
This is where I feel slightly sorry for John. It is exactly his ignorance of governing theory that fails him here. If he would take a small amount of time and research Socialism he would not be so disturbed and might find himself understanding why the Democrats are not embracing Rand Paul… in ANY endeavor.
While I enjoy the alliteration of ‘regressive corporate warlord’ it falls into the catagory on meaningless. But Mr. Kusak is looking for cover in order to square what he believes his identity of “Liberal” requires versus what the reality of the situation is.
It should be no surprise that Rand Paul stands alone save the few TEA Party and Libertarians that are brave enough to stand with him. They are being called “the new breed”, but make no mistake what their principles are and who propelled them into office. This must add insult to injury for John. ‘How on earth can the ridiculous idiots in the TEA party have any connection to things I believe in!?’
This is where Mr. Kusak’s ignorance steps in once again.
His “Liberal” identity has put him in the uneducated position of supporting people such as President Obama who demand nothing more than his dependence and obedience. This is the Socialist paradigm.
I would imagine he’s further confused because for many years the Republicans have offered this same exchange of taxpayer money for exactly the same dependence and obedience with only slightly less aggression.
Now that there are “Republicans” who are returning to what the (idiotic, syphilis ridden, racist, gun toting) Founders intended does he make the first step in waking up.
I have no faith that this experience will lead Mr. Kusak to explore governing theory any further than to heal this wound he is suffering and return him to the “enlightened comfort” of his Liberal ideals… but it should serve as a fantastic example to the rest of us that presented with undeniable truth and Natural Law the Socialists, at least some of them, have to think.
I wish for John to look deeply into Socialism and it’s variants of Communism, Fascism, etc. I hope he studies them long enough to see what the outcomes of such approaches are… the level of oppression, destruction and death. I’ll make it simple and give him a quick reference: Killer of Men.
Good Luck John.
If you’re going to be a Socialist… then be the best one you can be. But at least know what that means.
(It is also interesting that many individuals who consider themselves Democrats but hold NRA memberships and believe the Second Amendment is integral to their freedom are suffering from this as well. It will be intriguing to see which identity/ideal wins out in the end with those folks too.)