WASHINGTON, November 17, 2016 — No American institution is more familiar with the emotional ups and downs associated with cults of personality than Hollywood. In the 1950s, platoons of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s devotees were exposed during congressional hearings and blacklisted from the entertainment industry for slipping communist propaganda into American films.
It never seemed to bother these luminaries that the Kremlin’s little man with a big mustache butchered 20 to 60 million human beings during his 24-year reign of terror.
But popular culture’s left-leaning myth-makers have since refashioned the reds of tinsel town into shining heroes of conscience. Now they’re martyrs who suffered mightily at the hands of the monster from Wisconsin, the anti-communist Sen. Joe McCarthy.
A great irony, one lost on Hollywood, is that show business has produced two American presidents: Ronald “The Gipper” Reagan and Donald “You’re Fired” Trump—both Republicans.
The former saved Western Civilization from Stalin’s murderous dictatorship, the latter promises to stem the tide of illegal immigration and save the United States from remaining a financial life raft for Latin America’s failed states.
But the Hollywood left has devolved considerably since the turbulent 1950s. The proof is that the sorry grandchildren of Stalin’s Hollywood stooges made Hillary Clinton their standard-bearer.
As the purloined emails released by WikiLeaks show, Mrs. Clinton is nothing more than a grifter, a sad and pathetic husk around which Hollywood built its latest cult of personality.
So, it is appropriate that a leader of the new Hollywood left, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, producer of cartoon fairy tales, wrote an open letter to Hollywood’s dejected Clinton supporters:
“Many times during the past week, I’ve been asked by family, friends and colleagues what this [Trump’s victory] all means … It all comes down to a fundamental, disturbing question: Is our next president a demagogue or democrat?”
Democrats charged the Republican presidential candidate with plotting to establish concentration camps and to kill Social Security.
For his part, Trump hammered Clinton for giving foreign interests her undivided attention while she was Secretary of State, once they made generous contributions to her family foundation. He also hammered her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for his personal war on women and Mrs. Clinton’s efforts to muzzle his victims.
After ISIS-inspired attacks occurred in Orlando and New York City, Clinton sought to pin the blame on Trump. “We know that a lot of rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS,” said Clinton. “We know that Donald Trump’s comments have been used online for recruitment of terrorists.”
In his trademark, amiable way, Trump simply reminded Americans that ISIS rose to prominence only after Obama’s hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq:
“ISIS is honoring President Obama,” said Trump, “He’s the founder of ISIS … And I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton.”
And that brings us back to Hollywood’s first love, Stalin.
In their book “Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism,” authors Roy Medvedev and George Shriver write:
“He [Stalin] constantly promoted slogans that would appeal to the poorly educated masses, without caring whether those slogans corresponded to reality. In this respect Stalin acted as a skilled demagogue, one of the main reasons for his success.”
Sunny Southern California has seen its share of anti-Trump marches. And the protestors have chanted some catchy slogans: “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” and “We reject the president-elect” and “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
No matter. President-elect Donald Trump’s “America First” brand of populist rhetoric defeated that of old Stalinist Hollywood, Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party propagandists in the press.
Put simply, Trump out demagogued the demagogues