Commentary
Hollywood vs. America

Michael Ford
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   The results of the 2004 presidential election sent a clear message to everyone – Hollywood does not control America; the heartland of America controls America.

   Democrats tried every trick in the book to steal this election, but ended up making grand mistakes akin to those of the Dukakis campaign in 1988. First and foremost, they nominated a candidate, who still after two years of campaigning, we know no more about than we do Area 51. They added salt to the wound when John Kerry started parading around with his Hollywood buddies. The American people want their candidate to be the star. So when you put someone like Kerry, who already easily blends into the background, with celebrities, you have a losing game plan.

   Hollywood contributed to Kerry’s loss in more ways than one, though. Take “Fahrenheit 9/11” for example. The so-called “documentary” proved to be nothing more than 90 minutes of liberal propaganda the left wanted to believe, so they claimed as gospel. Fact or fiction, the “documentary” only rallied the strong liberal base and pushed moderate Democrats and undecided voters away due to its negativity. Let us keep our fingers crossed that Michael Moore migrates to Canada.

   P. Diddy’s “Vote or Die,” the most hilarious contribution Hollywood made to this election, probably amused voters more than anything else. This blows the media’s theory that more educated people would vote for Kerry, out of the water, because anyone who decides who they will vote for by listening to P. Diddy cannot be too high on the totem pole. P. Diddy portrayed “Vote or Die” as being non-partisan. We both know better.

   Then you had the coalition of washed up musicians for Kerry. This group of artists, who people still actually listened to during the Reagan era, includes Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp and Bonnie Raitt, among others. Most people did not care for these artists in their heyday, let alone now. The music only added insult to injury for the Democratic Party. Springsteen, alone, gave reason enough to steer clear of a Kerry campaign rally.

   If any of these Hollywood contributions had in fact helped the Kerry campaign, it would have only been in California and New York, which both already vote Democrat. In other words, Hollywood wasted their time. The American people rose up Nov. 2 and made it clear that overpaid, unintelligent celebrities play no role in deciding their political views, nor does the liberal media. Everyone should not only be proud to be an American, but to be a Southerner as well.

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