WASHINGTON, December 23, 2015 — “Hollywood writers Dalton Trumbo and John Howard Lawson went to jail for contempt of Congress today, protesting that their imprisonment is ‘part of the plan of big business and its political henchmen in Washington to start a third [world] war,” said an Associated Press dispatch from Hollywood dated Jun 9, 1950.
“Lawson and Trumbo refused in 1947 to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee whether they had ever been communists,” said the AP.
The answer to the question posed by Congress to both men, of course, was yes … and yes.
“Trumbo,” the biopic starring Bryan Cranston as the Academy Award-winning screenwriter, seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of one of Hollywood’s staunchest Stalinists.
Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator that Russian historian Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev very conservatively estimates murdered 20 million human beings during his 24-year reign of terror, was Trumbo’s hero.
This was the same Joseph Stalin who negotiated a non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler, which doomed millions by allowing the German dictator to launch a second global conflict and the Holocaust.
That Joseph Stalin.
The American left, especially in Hollywood, would rather Americans forget that special honeymoon period between the national socialist dictator, Adolf Hitler, and his international socialist dictator ally, Joseph Stalin, that followed the signing of the Hitler-Stalin pact (also called the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, for the two countries’ foreign ministers) of 1939.
“Once Moscow teamed up with Berlin, Trumbo quickly became one of Hitler’s most enthusiastic enablers, apologizing for German aggression and proposing policies that would make it easier for the Nazi warlord to vanquish the democratic West—precisely the policies that Stalin had ordered his fifth columns to pursue,” wrote Allan Ryskind in his book “Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters, Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler.”
“To the vanquished,” wrote Trumbo dismissively to critics of the oppression visited upon nations suffering under Nazi occupation, “all conquerors are inhuman.”
His anti-war novel, “Johnny Got His Gun,” hit bookshelves the same year Hitler and Stalin exchanged diplomatic valentines. In it, America’s wounded veterans were portrayed as suckers.
“And what kind of liberty were they fighting for anyway?” asked Trumbo. “How much liberty and whose kind of liberty? … What the hell does liberty mean anyhow? … A guy says house and he can point to a house to prove it. But a guy says come on let’s fight for liberty and can’t show you liberty. He can’t prove the thing he’s talking about so how in the hell can he be telling you to fight for it? No sir, anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar.”
The invisible realities of liberty and justice and honor and love, which animate so many of our actions, are meaningless to soulless, materialistic socialists. Trumbo dismissed intangible liberty as hollow when compared to the solid house he could “point to.”
But when Hitler double crossed his murderous totalitarian ally by invading Soviet Russia in 1941, Trumbo became an instant warmonger in defense of Stalin’s murderous socialism.
In support of what the U.S. Communist Party and the Hollywood left suddenly called the “war against fascism,” Trumbo suppressed the reissuance of his anti-war novel and surrendered the names of those requesting copies of his book to the FBI for their disloyalty to the cause.
Trumbo was quite willing to “name names,” provided that doing so helped save Stalin’s miserable hide.
Hypocrisy and tyranny go hand in hand.
Though “blacklisted” for his communist sympathies, Trumbo continued writing scripts for the movie studios under assumed names, benefiting himself and the movie-going public thanks to what Enlightenment economist Adam Smith called capitalism’s “invisible hand”:
“By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.”
Hollywood’s rich socialists live on in the spirt of Trumbo.
“These days more and more [Hollywood] A-list names are publicly coming out in support of [Bernie Sanders] the [socialist] Vermont senator, something unfathomable just a few months ago,” says entertainment journal “The Wrap.” They include such names as Will Ferrell, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Seth MacFarlane, and Bonnie Raitt.
In the first Democratic debate, Sanders insisted he would not “go out hustling money from the wealthiest people in the country … not raising money from millionaires and billionaires.”
But last October, perhaps drawn by the echo of tinsel-town’s Stalinist past, Sanders attended a private Hollywood fundraiser. Tickets to the event ranged in price from $250 to $2,700. Top contributors were treated to a “pre-event reception.”
Sanders managed to squeeze $150,000 from the 300 well-heeled attendees.
However, the Los Angeles Times reports that Hillary Clinton “has collected 9 of every 10 [Hollywood] dollars … She’s collected maximum personal donations for the primary from recording artists Kanye West and Usher, small-screen stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Bryan [“Trumbo” star] Cranston, and Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Barbara Streisand.”
“The Roman Republic stood at the very center of the civilized world,” wrote Trumbo in his screenplay for the 1960 film “Spartacus.” “Yet, even at the zenith of her pride and power, the Republic lay fatally stricken with a disease called human slavery. The age of the dictator was at hand, waiting in the shadows for the event to bring it forth.”
Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sense change in the air. What some might call “the event.” And the luddites populating the tattered vestiges of the American Republic appear poised to reverse the martyred Abraham Lincoln’s hard-won victory with a new birth of slavery.
The creeping, socialist totalitarianism of Hollywood’s Dalton Trumbo.