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Thu Jan 21, 2016, 02:50 AM

Will The Movie 'Trumbo' Take The Edge Off The Negative Shots That The Clinton Campaign & Her....

surrogates are taking at Bernie in the last few days. They are putting a negative spin on the term 'socialist' and Claire McCaskill used the term 'hammer and sickle' in a shot at Bernie - insinuating communist beliefs.

I'm thinking that maybe this type of negative campaigning would have worked back in the 'cold war days' - but we've moved on as a country. Hell - we've even normalized relations with Cuba.

There currently is a movie call Trumbo, starring Brian Cranston, who's up for an Academy Award for his performance of Dalton Trumbo. This movie is about famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in Hollywood after the House Un-American Activities Committee nearly destroyed his career in the Communist witchhunt of 40ís and 50ís.

By 1960 however, the effectiveness of this Blacklist had been broken to the point where newly elected US President John F. Kennedy publicly endorsed the movie Spartacus which was penned by Trumbo. He and others were then able to begin rebuilding their careers. Ten years later, finally after receiving his due accolades from Hollywood, Trumbo spoke out about how the Blacklist victimized them all: those who stood by their principles and lost their jobs, and also those who compromised their principles to keep their jobs.

Peter Debruge, a film critic from Variety, gave the film a positive review, saying "Trumbo may be clumsy and overly simplistic at times, but itís still an important reminder of how democracy can fail (that is, when a fervent majority turns on those with different and potentially threatening values), and the strength of character it takes to fight the system."

I think there are those in the political establishment that are beckoning back to those days of the 'cold war' and 'blacklist' and trying to use that to besmirch Bernie's character. But like this film critic says - itís an important reminder of how democracy can fail (that is, when a fervent majority turns on those with different and potentially threatening values), and the strength of character it takes to fight the system."

I see Bernie with that 'strength of character' and he's not afraid to fight the system (i.e., the establishment). I'm thinking that a movie like Trumbo is sending that message and for The People that see it - it sends a message to them - not to fall prey to the negative spin that the Clinton surrogates are trying to attach to Bernie. It won't work and it will probably backfire on them. I don't think the terms 'socialist' and 'communist' have the same effect as they once did and a lot of supporters of Bernie weren't even around during that ugly period in our history.

Do you think I'm on to something here?

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Thu Jan 21, 2016, 02:54 AM

1. Hard to say what it will take to undo 50 years of "commie bashing" that included socialism.

The capitalist propagandists did such a number on the American psyche, shedding enough blood in two pointless fucking wars to ensure that Americans would be blinded to socialism for generations.

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Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:13 AM

2. Let's Face It Though - Those Wars Are History....

the Greatest Generation is dwindling in numbers and the current post-war generations have a more friendly attitude toward 'socialism' as they are accustom to using 'social networking' on a daily basis which builds on the words 'social' and 'society' as I saw someone reference in another post here on DU. The post-war generations don't have the same psyche that the propagandists tried to plant. I don't think the post-war generations are as blinded by the term socialism.

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