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January 13, 2021 · OPINION

Supervisor Trumbo shows “true courage, patriotism”

By Kathy Kadilak
The Plains

“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” – John Hightower, NFL player, Philadelphia Eagles

This quote feels particularly appropriate and perhaps even too forgiving when I think of the large numbers of Republicans who continue to “go with the flow” in their support for Donald Trump and the elected officials who have aligned themselves with him, even in the face of his outrageous lies and inciting a mob attack on our Capitol.

It was with gratitude and admiration that I read the recent letter by Fauquier County Board of Supervisors member Holder Trumbo (Scott District) in announcing his disassociation from the Republican Party. His explanation was clear, articulate and painfully heartfelt.

He apologizes for his own role in stating, “I am disappointed in myself, the president and a party that appears to me to be more about its own preservation than standing up for what is right. I have assisted in the enabling of this and I recognize that I have been wrong.”

He emphasizes that his core values have not changed, but “I believe that people should free themselves from such blind allegiance. Seek facts and the truth that they reveal rather than selecting random information from dubious sources as support for preconceived notions.”

Mr. Trumbo concludes with stating that elected officials are there to serve their constituents and not themselves.

Mr. Trumbo has demonstrated that there are still elected officials who place country over party and who truly represent the ideals upon which our nation and its democracy were established. He exemplifies the honorable, dedicated public servant we need now more than ever.

I want to publicly thank Mr. Trumbo for showing true courage and patriotism during this critical juncture for our country.
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 19, 2021 at 3:43 pm
Is this TRUMBO....related to the communist Trumbo glorified on Netflix? The communists infiltrated hollywood during the 40s. Now they are in control of the media.
Jeffersonian American · February 15, 2021 at 7:41 am
Sadly for Mr. Trumbo, there are no Virginia or American History books entitled, "Great Moderates In History!" Even his leadership of the Fauquier Board of Supervisors had to be forced by the citizens to enact a lukewarm statement in defense of our Second Amendment Rights in Fauquier County.

Democrat Impeachment Sham would-be Judge, Jury and Executioner, Senator Leahy caught on a hot microphone stating the truth:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/democrat-senator-leahy-caught-hot-mic-saying-america-saying-second-impeachment-sham-president-trump/

Both Republican and Democrat Party Establishments are finished- they cannot be redeemed. It will take like-minded Constitution conservatives and Natural Law Rights Patriots and Defenders in Virginia and the across the nation to restore sovereignty to their states and to form new states carved out of the old ones- where necessary by completely peaceful and legal means- for a return to the purer form of a constitutional republic of our American founders. We can look to back to not only to the Confederate States of America Constitution which improved upon the U.S. Constitution, but also we can look back to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence; our original Bill of Rights courtesy of Patriot George Mason; the Magna Carta, and ultimately, back to Moses and the Ten Commandments- as beacons lighting our way ahead in addressing a growing, menacing, 21st century tyranny and despotism.

Sadly, far too many of the local posters below are still in denial of the 2020 National Election Inconvenient Truths:

No better than Venezuela Now -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/clear-impossible-2020-election-victory-joe-biden-gang-scared-death-american-people/

Mike Pence did not have the courage to confront the obvious election fraud.
He sided with the enemies of America -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/peter-navarro-mike-pence-donald-j-trump-will-go-history-one-greatest-betrayals-imaginable-video/

More Evidence on the Capitol Rioters -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/evidence-riots-capitol-pre-planned-members-antifa-neo-nazis-others/

Feckless -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/secret-service-allowed-drive-joe-biden-plays-mario-kart-thousands-americans-die-covid-video/

And More Lies -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/starting-scratch-kamala-harris-falsely-claims-no-plan-covid-vaccinations-video/

What the Radical Left Media and Big Tech Censors Don't Want You to Know -

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/president-donald-j-trump-still-greatest-president-modern-era/
Linda Ward · February 11, 2021 at 9:12 pm
Capitol rioters searched for Nancy Pelosi in a way that should make every woman’s skin crawl.

jim goodwin · February 4, 2021 at 8:58 pm
The only way to make all people equal is to remove all human ambition.
jim goodwin · February 4, 2021 at 9:12 am
#17: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted during the BLM riots that “the whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable.”, implying that the riots were a good thing. Then she made a video describing just how uncomfortable she was made to feel during the Capitol breach, implying that the riot was a bad thing.
Tony Bentley · January 31, 2021 at 1:46 pm
Demosthenes - Again, yep, it's the DENO not DEMO that is commenting hate messages.
Demosthenes · January 31, 2021 at 11:28 am
Tony - You mean Denosthenes and not Demosthenes.
jim goodwin · January 31, 2021 at 5:59 am
#16: Guilt by association. Touched on this earlier but more striking is how Democrats paint ALL Trump supporters (and therefore Republicans) as terrorists and/or insurrectionists because some stormed the Capitol. But try that with BLM rioters and supporters of BLM. I dare you.
JohnQ · January 30, 2021 at 4:12 pm
Not unlike the hypocrisy exhibited concerning the fine behavior of the Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. The double standard is the Democrat Socialists favorite weapon and when their own words are used against them they cry insurrection and extremism. LOL!! The article linked in this post features the words of Democrat Socialist Congresswoman Maxine Waters, with the name Trump replaced with the name Cuomo and the tweets written by outraged Democrats is all the evidence needed to see how the virtuous do-gooders respond. When questioned about their tweets, suddenly the tweets were deleted.

https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/29/twitter-troll-replaced-trump-with-cuomo-in-maxine-waters-infamous-call-to-violence-and-democrats-lost-their-minds/
jim goodwin · January 30, 2021 at 11:34 am
#15: For 4 years, Democrats called Trump an authoritarian for issuing executive orders. Those calls are now silent with respect to Biden, in spite of the fact that he has set a new record for executive orders; 28 in just his first few days in office.
Tony Bentley · January 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm
I DID NOT POST THE COMMENT LISTED BELOW - Looks like the work of Demosthenes who has been deleted from postings. Reported.
jim goodwin · January 27, 2021 at 6:02 pm
#14: Joe Biden, on day one, issued a mask mandate on federal property. Joe Biden on day one violated his own mask mandate for a family photo op at the Lincoln Memorial.

BTW, if you think this is no big deal, you really need to think harder. When a public official does something like this it THE BIGGEST FU to citizens of this country that can possibly be made. With this act, Biden is saying HE has the power to decide for himself whether wearing a mask is risky or not but YOU, the great unwashed, cannot manage that kind of risk assessment. With this one simple, no big deal act, Biden has declared himself God. YOUR GOD.
TADD · January 27, 2021 at 10:46 am
Sammy, their are heirs to the kluge money. His son John.
Goodwin, you make excellent points!!!
jim goodwin · January 25, 2021 at 2:17 pm
#13: Joe Biden called Trump a xenophobe for shutting down travel from China last year when the pandemic broke. One year later, Biden is shutting down travel from several other nations. But not China!
Mark House · January 23, 2021 at 2:07 pm
Sammy - Savefauquiercounty2019 has been brain dead her whole life.
Sammy · January 23, 2021 at 9:55 am
sfc19: kluge's been dead more than a decade and republicans long ago told us money is speech so soros can spend as he likes in the same way that you and yours "push their political agendas" here
Savefauquiercounty2019 · January 23, 2021 at 5:48 am
Follow the money. John Kluge and George Soros. George is considered a source running this country through open society foundations which manufacturers associations and organizations that push their political agendas.
jim goodwin · January 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm
Cute logic puzzles from Pablo. All invalid because each one contains a statement that is false.

Pablo's expert witness was right. You should always CONSIDER the source. Then verify the facts if you don't believe the source.
farmbum · January 22, 2021 at 10:19 am
PabloCruz, I do hope you reconsider. Your postings provoke much thought and foresight. Even for those whose opinions are very radically different from the norm.
PabloCruz · January 21, 2021 at 2:55 pm
This will be my last post on FN. I wanted to leave you with a few simple logic puzzles. They are either valid or invalid.

(1) Donald is a Trump. All Trumps are from NY. Therefore, Donald is from NY. Valid or invalid?

(2) When Jared is on-stage, Ivanka is on-stage. Jared is not on-stage. Therefore, Ivanka is not on-stage. Valid or invalid?

(3) Lindsay Graham said Trump is a crazy kook. Everything Lindsay Graham says is a lie. Therefore, Trump is not a crazy kook.
Valid or invalid?

An expert witness once told me, “whenever someone tells you something, consider the source”
Logic and discipline are the way to truth.
Good luck.
jim goodwin · January 21, 2021 at 8:21 am
Also, I apologize for posting the link to an article that requires your email in order to read it. I already subscribe and forgot that it requires that.
jim goodwin · January 21, 2021 at 8:11 am
Here's an essential excerpt from the article below:

That’s not to say these ideologies are openly advocating totalitarianism but rather that they inevitably lead to it.

The roadmap could be summarized as follows:

1. There’s something fundamentally and intolerably wrong with current reality
2. There’s a plan to fix it requiring a whole society buy-in
3. People opposing the plan need to be educated about the plan so they accept it
4. People who resist the persuasion need to be reeducated, even against their will
5. People who won’t accept the plan no matter what need to be removed from society.

“I think that’s the general thrust,” Lindsay said. “We can make the world the way we want it to be if we all just get on the same page and same project. It’s a disaster, frankly.”

Points four and five now appear to be in progress.
jim goodwin · January 21, 2021 at 8:05 am
If the 1776 Commission report is too partisan for you, this article, SOURCED FROM LIBERALS, still says essentially what I've been saying:

Ideological Alignment Pushing America Toward Totalitarianism, Experts Warn

https://www.theepochtimes.com/one-party-rule-ideological-nexus-of-big-tech-big-media-big-government-is-totalitarianism-experts-say_3664663.html

I know Epoch Times has been touted here and elsewhere as a far right-wing news source but that's merely a way for the left to further their control of the orthodoxy. So, maybe, just this once, we can discuss the content and not the source.
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 9:52 pm
Pablo, I apologize if you did not use the racism and white supremacy claims. I've seen it here so often. I didn't verify in relation to your posts.

With respect to your #2, my point, and the point of the 1776 Commission report is America is great BECAUSE the points I raised are a part of HISTORY; they existed in the past. We have overcome those issues as a nation. Yes, some people had to be dragged along kicking and screaming (southern Democrats). But for a party, and an ideology, that is consumed with outcomes, it seems mighty disingenuous to claim the current outcome (our present as the least racist and most racially diverse country on earth) is the product of systemic racism and white supremacy (not Pablo's claims).

Demosthenes, I credit liberals as being the conscience of the political realm. That's not to say that conservatives aren't conscientious. They absolutely are. Liberalism is, or was, based in liberty, consent of the governed and equality before the law. But leftism crept in an corrupted everything, drawing all politics much farther left than it ever used to be. It used to be understood that there was a certain base morality required of a free people; in order to be free, one must be self governing. In my estimation, as liberalism became co-opted by the left, the idea of self governing was trampled in favor of freedom from moral constraints (sex, drugs and rock-n-roll). The reason we are so divided is because we now have a generations of people that have little regard for self government, which conflicts with the founding ideals of this nation.
JohnQ · January 20, 2021 at 9:23 pm
Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights. Malcom X famously stated the following:

"The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn't taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man."
Demosthenes · January 20, 2021 at 8:44 pm
Love that list of progress made regarding civil rights by liberals* over the decades written out by Goodwin. Makes me glad I'm not one of those conservatives trying to work against or undo any of that progress.

*Liberals are hard to easily ID in history. Back in the Civil War the Republicans were the liberal party. That switched over time, can't remember from history class why. And yes, liberal Democrats and Rinos (as Goodwin likes to deride them) have also made positive changes in the 20th century.
PabloCruz · January 20, 2021 at 8:33 pm
JimGoodwin-(1) Your imagination is running away with you. Please quote where I claimed that Americans are "so racist" and "supreme." Those word were never written by me.

(2)By posing your questions, you are exposing the factual racist history of this country, because of course if all people were granted equal rights, many of these racist laws would not have needed to be overturned.

You asked about interracial marriage. Recall that it was illegal for blacks and whites to have sex or to get married. Remember the Loving v. Virginia case, which was decided in the supreme court in 1967, recent history to be sure. Even after the supreme court decision, many states refused to observe the decision; Alabama being the last state to remove the language from it's state constitution in the year 2000.

Your referenced the civil war. Lets not forget that Jim Crow lasted from 1877 until 1965, 88 years of codifying racial segregation. Did you forget about separate waiting rooms, drinking fountains, bathrooms, bus seating, schooling, lunch counters, etc? The Civil Rights Act was necessary to overturn the racist Jim Crow laws. You deny a history of systemic racism. Jim Crow IS systemic racism. Have you ever heard of Levittown, NY? One of America's first suburbs where no blacks were allowed to live. Again, systemic racism. Ever heard of red-lining? You guessed it, more systemic racism.

This isn't about leftist orthodoxy, as you claim. It's just accepting history for what it is.
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 7:53 pm
I know, Pablo. I understand that the portion you quoted falls short of the type of genuflecting required to temporarily appease the left's bottomless appetite for fealty. Leftist orthodoxy only permits you to judge the past by today's standards. It's just not possible for you to acknowledge that America was way ahead of its time in its desire to end slavery.

If white Americans are so racist (and supreme, as you like to claim), why was slavery abolished and why is it not in practice today in America? Why did so many white Americans fight and die to end it? Why did the Civil Rights Amendment pass with the overwhelming support of white Republican politicians? Why do the vast majority of white and black Americans get along just fine? Why are there interracial marriages? Why did we elect a black president? Why are there rich black people?

Oh, and why DIDN'T the evil, white, slave-holding, founding patriarchy explicitly add an amendment to protect from government infringement the rights of citizens to keep slaves? Why did they instead choose to leave it out completely, other than to prevent its expansion via the 3/5ths clause? Hmmm...crafty bastards.

The constant cry of systemic racism and white supremacy holds no answers to those questions.
PabloCruz · January 20, 2021 at 5:44 pm
JimGoodwin- I tried to read the 1776 document, it was one of the most dreadful reads I can remember. It's patriarchal, condescending drivel. I couldn't white-wash history better if I threw a bucket of white paint on it.

Here's just one example of one of hundreds of examples:
"Many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil...but the unfortunate fact is that the institution of slavery has been more the rule than the exception throughout human history."

Wow, justification through normalization. Never heard that before.

The 1776 Commission report is not scholarship, it's trash, and was appropriately discarded by the new administration.

jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 5:19 pm
Oh, darn! In anticipation of the coming hate speech laws, let me correct myself...President Harris and THEIR puppet, VP Biden.
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Linda - Yes. Let's move on. I haven't been talking about Trump for a while. I currently stand ready to oppose all the globalist, socialist policies that are coming from President Harris and her puppet, VP Biden. C'mon, man!
jpebbets · January 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm
To employ a tactic from Jim’s dear leaders’ orange playbook ... Jim “no brain” Goodwin is a pathetic loser. I’ve heard some people say that. I don’t know much about it but that’s whAt I hear. Some pretty important people say that from what I’m told.
jpebbets · January 20, 2021 at 4:43 pm
Jim. You are a true fox “let’s poison democracy” news parrot. Keep up the good work
Linda Ward · January 20, 2021 at 3:44 pm
jim - Trump is now an EX-POTUS and in his case a has been, no longer King, in exile in Florida. He now can rule from his golden throne while taking a dump for himself. Get over it like you all said in 2016.
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 3:24 pm
Predictably, Biden deleted the 1776 Commission Report from whitehouse.gov immediately upon taking office. So here it is, preserved by people who ACTUALLY care about our republic:

https://www.scribd.com/document/491497694/Final-Report-The-President-s-Advisory-1776-Commission

Please feel free inform Carol Swain that she's a white supremacist for contributing to the effort.
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 8:56 am
"The Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost."
-- Frederick Douglass
jim goodwin · January 20, 2021 at 8:52 am
Right, hypocrisy2021! Exactly.

I'm criticizing Democrats for their policies. I'm criticizing Democrats because we have decades of demonstrable evidence that their policies don't work and infringe our our natural rights. I'm expressing my dissent from and opposition to, for example, the Democrat lie that this country is systemically racist, therefore I am racist. I criticize Pablo and Karl for perpetuating that lie and others, not for expressing their dissent.

Democrats and RINOs vote for Democrat policies. That puts them in a group of people that believe enough of the same things that the group is worthy of criticism. I think that's a helluva lot more fair than believing 74 million Republican voters are insurrectionists because a few hundred people, who may or many not have voted Republican, stormed the Capitol. Storming the Capitol is not a Republican policy. No Republican leaders said, "Storm the Capitol, fight with and injure Capitol Police, bust in, break stuff up, steal stuff.

Do Republicans agree with EVERY Trump policy? Probably not. But we agree with the bulk of his policies. POLICIES! NOT TWEETS!

hypocrisy2021 · January 20, 2021 at 7:10 am
#9: Jim Goodwin recently wrote in support of the 1776 commission, and included a quote from it stating that our love of country must be “strong and unsentimental enough to coexist with the elements of disappointment, criticism, dissent, opposition, and even shame that come with moral maturity.” But Jim has also claimed that all democrats are unpatriotic haters for their criticism of America, and even within the same day he was ranting against users Pablo and Karl for demonstrating some dissent and moral maturity. Is this guy incapable of self-reflection?
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Pablo, you just criticized me for using a tactic by using the same tactic; insulting me, calling me a liar, desparate and dishonest! Hilarious!

Tony, hardly worth addressing because the 1776 Commission report addresses all of this far more articulately than I can. You should read it and get a different perspective for once because all that critical race theory junk has run its course. It has been weighed, measured and found wanting.
JohnQ · January 19, 2021 at 5:28 pm
Presentism | Definition of Presentism by Merriam-Websterwww.merriam-webster.com › dictionary › presentism

Dec 19, 2020 — Presentism definition is - an attitude toward the past dominated by present-day attitudes and experiences.
Tony Bentley · January 19, 2021 at 2:55 pm
jim sees America through rose-colored glasses made specifically for the conquerors. Any other fact is not worth his notice or consideration.

This country has a lot to answer for in terms of human rights and the abuses suffered by many not included in the grand scheme of domination of the "natives and savages" for the greater good of the "supreme" race.

I love my country yet cannot love the things its citizens have done in the name of greed, power, and control. I feel the same way about other countries all over the world.
PabloCruz · January 19, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Another tactic JimGoodwin, and others like him, use is to go on offense with a hail of insults, lies, etc. in order to force others who don’t agree with him/them into a defensive posture.

His comments below are a perfect example of this tactic. Imagine all the wasted energy it would take to defend oneself from all that nonsense.

I’ll admit, it’s an effective tactic if you don’t recognize when it’s being used against you.
Desperate and dishonest, but effective.
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 1:17 pm
Pablo, you clearly have not read the 1776 Commission report either.

Maybe if we'd quit judging our ancestors by 2021 standards, we'd actually learn something valuable.

America is the greatest country on the face of the earth and you and Karl, having partaken of its bounty, now spit on it with the full knowledge that it can't retaliate, regardless of your opposition to it.

I fully support the message in the 1776 Commission Report. I refuse to accept the divisive, racist, identity politics being forced on us by the left, Progressives and Democrats.
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 12:59 pm
The 1619 Project IS revisionist history (yet another attempt at projection). I know very well what it is and I know why Donald Trump created the 1776 Commission. The 1619 Project is another in a long line of attempts by Marxists to portray America as evil with the intent of breaking down our sense of national identity (or what little is left of it).
Neoconfederate? That's a new one. Is that supposed to be another attempt to portray me as a white supremacist? To somehow link my beliefs with those of the confederacy?
Everything you say tells me you support Marxism, down to your user name.
PabloCruz · January 19, 2021 at 12:56 pm
JimGoodwin is using the classic “the ends justify the means” approach to history.

Did you ever stop to ask yourself why we have a national holiday to honor of an Italian explorer, sailing under the Spanish flag, who never actually landed in what is now known as America?

And what of the native people, to whom unmeasurable harm and genocide was wrought, by and because of this individual?

Are their feelings of hurt relevant, when they are forced to celebrate this individual in schools across the country?

Are native people today required to accept that the centuries of oppression and suffering endured by their people were somehow “worth it” because the American ideal is superior to theirs?

Teaching history isn’t about imparting affection for a certain version of history. It’s about being brave enough to accept facts for what they are, and open enough to understand their greater historical context. That’s not anti-American, it’s
intellectual honesty.
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 11:12 am
Karl, the last several years have shown that outrage culture has become fashionable. We have a legion of people that are now addicted to the endorphin rush of claiming moral superiority through virtue signaling.

Ridicule is a tactic of the left. It is all they have because they lack wisdom.

Your knee-jerk criticism of the 1776 Commission is what is uneducated and naive. It is simply informed by leftist dogma. You don't care about the content and you can't refute it without the bastardized leftist definition of "white supremacy" and a projected claim of revisionism.
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 8:49 am
I particularly like this passage from the 1776 Commission report, where they describe the kind of love for America that needs to be fostered in our educational systems:

"The love we are talking about is something different from romantic or familial love, something that cannot be imposed by teachers or schools or government edicts, least of all in a free country. Like any love worthy of the name, it must be embraced freely and be strong and unsentimental enough to coexist with the elements of disappointment, criticism, dissent, opposition, and even shame that come with moral maturity and open eyes. But it is love all the same, and without the deep foundation it supplies, our republic will perish."
jim goodwin · January 19, 2021 at 8:45 am
karl engels, you have no idea what you're talking about. Your assertion lacks any evidence and if you were to provide any, I can almost guarantee it would be with twisted logic and twisted definitions, or simply with assertions of guilt by association.

For folks that still have open minds, I'll direct you to the 1776 Commission report:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-Presidents-Advisory-1776-Commission-Final-Report.pdf

jim goodwin · January 18, 2021 at 6:21 pm
Demosthenes, last point first. The BLM you know and love was founded by avowed Marxists. There are plenty of people that act out Marxist doctrine without claiming to be Marxist or even knowing that their actions or beliefs are rooted in Marxism. Many of them were marching and rioting. And as I said, it has evolved. It has modernized.

If you want to stick your head in the sand and deny that subversion and indoctrination have been taking place for the last 60+ years that's your prerogative. But I'd wager there are hundreds of thousands of people that have been influenced, directly or indirectly, by the drivel that came out of the Frankfurt School.

The thing is, I have listened to many interviews of people who have come to the US to escape socialist/communist countries. Every single one sees the exact patterns of behavior playing out here that they saw in the countries they left. Every one of them expressed their disappointment in Americans who embrace those patterns.

With respect to Hollywood...for an industry that reveres the almighty buck, they sure do give a lot of lip service to social justice issues. They care, just not that much, I guess. Regardless of their motivations, the outcome is the same. They are giving tacit support to the CCP. It seems the mainstream media might be doing the same.
Demosthenes · January 18, 2021 at 11:58 am
We all know Goodwin loves a crazy conspiracy. But check out his latest. Earlier today he wrote / implied that Hollywood does not make any movies critical of Communist China because it is filled with communist sympathizers.

Like most conspiracy theories this one has an easy but less exciting explanation. The truth is that Hollywood has actually been infiltrated by Capitalists, who want to make as much money as possible.

That's right, Hollywood execs know that a decent American-made film can pick up a few hundred million extra dollars if it gets to play in China. After all, capitalism in China has recently led more than a billion people out of poverty and heading to movie theaters.

a great example of this was the re-make of Red Dawn. It was initially filmed as a modern Chinese invasion of the US, but then MGM execs forced the director to re-recorded the audio with Korean language in place of the Chinese and swapped out Chinese for North Korean flags, so that it could be sold instead as a film about bad North Koreans. I don't think the film ever played in China, but MGM was able to protect it's relationship with the Chinese government for other film releases.

Welcome to the 21st century Goodwin. We appreciate that you continue fighting the battles of the 20th century, but you'd be hard-pressed today to find more than a few true Marxists in China, let alone the good old US of A.
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