Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Obama is a socialist

No really. Confirmation of this comes in the trailer for a great new film (which, thank heavens, we will never see) entitled I Want Your Money. Featuring comments from a version of Ronald Reagan that appears to have been animated …

Thu, Aug 19, 2010, 16:03

   
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No really. Confirmation of this comes in the trailer for a great new film (which, thank heavens, we will never see) entitled I Want Your Money. Featuring comments from a version of Ronald Reagan that appears to have been animated by the team behind the Northern Irish satire show The Folks on the Hill, this slab of agit-prop claims to investigate the problem of government overspending. The film itself may well be a carefully balanced piece of work that takes equally accurate shots at both parties — after all, who got the US into this mess? — but the trailer seems to place all the blame on Mr Obama, Ms Pelosi, Mr Clinton and various other closet Bolsheviks.

The promo begins with Obama explaining to Mr Reagan that, while in school, he was taught it was best to (dread phrase) “spread the wealth around“. The former Governor of California, two-time President of the United States and ex-head of the Screen Actor’s Guild retorts that “real life” taught him such an activity was called “stealing”. Stick with it until 1’10″ and you will encounter the other, more ideological s-word. The annoyingly articulate Mike Huckabee, well known creationist bible-basher, quotes Margaret Thatcher’s cute phrase claiming “the problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

For many years, the left was accused of harbouring paranoid and hysterical views in relation to the George W Bush regime. There may have been something in this. A glance at Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 reveals some utterly absurd implications and insinuations. Those conspiracies did, however, ferment over months and years. Mr Obama had barely got his loafers under the Oval Office desk before the Tea Party nuts, erm, I mean activists began waving their fleshy fists in the air.

My favourite part of this trailer comes around 54 seconds in. The Tea Party movement is, apparently, “a manifestation of conservatives who’ve been pushed too hard for too long”. We can debate how hard conservatives have been pushed — to my mind, the US is still easily distinguishable from North Korea — but what’s with this “too long” business? Are they suggesting Mr Bush picked on them? It seemed to take only a month or so for The Fruitcake Tendency to develop their persecution complex. They didn’t react this rapidly and hysterically to the election of Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter. It’s almost as if there is something particular about Obama that they don’t like. “Doesn’t matter what my sign says. The press will call it racist” a protestor notes in the trailer. I wouldn’t say that exactly. But there is something funny going on.

Anyway, the wider question is: why do conservative-leaning documentaries tend to be so crummy? Just look at Ray Griggs, striding about the countryside. I wouldn’t buy a used ideology from that guy. Oh, I suppose we have to put the blame on the Hollywood liberal establishment and its reluctance to bankroll anything that doesn’t tally with its pinko agenda. And so on.

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