I mean, it’s not like I didn’t think about politics anyway, but this was different. These were not answers I synthesized as a result of some reasoning process. I wasn’t looking for any message or even thinking about the topics that emerged in each case, but while seeing a movie, a theme would present itself, standing out so strongly it seemed as if it were the point for which the film was originally made. Some of these have become the topics of articles written, some are still to come.
“There is no hint in the dialogue that the classic 1987 sci-fi film, Predator, is about the internal dynamics of the Republican Party. On its face it looked to be a blockbuster vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscles and Alien Invasion special effects. But watching it, the theme became obvious to me and the lessons it carried, like a message from God. The pertinent detail is amazing.
…if you truly believe in your hearts that you are free, then I say we can win.”
And while the late Paul Weyrich’s theoretical work informed my thoughts about what the Republican Party and its strategy should be, no operator’s manual explained how to deal with the way it actually was. Then I saw Kevin Costner in Robin, Prince of Thieves (1991) and a practical plan became clear to me against which it became possible to measure the efforts of the Christian Coalition.
I’m going to pick a fight.”
But Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995) eclipsed everything that had preceded it. Across the country Conservatives (and a RINO or two) recognized a spectacular, classic film whose central theme was the struggle for liberty and whose major subplot was the treachery of false allies. It would be hard to overstate its impact on activists who were actually engaged in the struggle for liberty at the time and becoming victims of treachery by false allies. Excerpts of my article on the film were passed out at the 1996 Washington State Republican Convention (to a background of live bagpipes) but it needs updating.
As it happens, there is a very timely lesson from that film as yet to be played out in the Republican Party.