You Get the Feeling that Oliver Stone…

You Get the Feeling that Oliver Stone… February 11, 2013

has already been signed to do the adoring biopic of this guy.

Stories like this have a tendency to bring out the Left’s creepy fascination with violence. It’s a theme as old as the popular cults of Jesse James and John Dillinger in American culture.

And he’s a fan of gun control, Obama and Piers Morgan. Dude, you’re doing it wrong.

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  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    Well, if Oliver Stone does it, at least it will be a great movie. It’ll be utter nonsense, but in a great candy coating.

    JFK is one of the greatest thrillers ever made. But it’s also total nonsense. By the end of the movie, you’ve reached the conclusion that the Cubans teamed up with the Mafia and southern homosexuals so that Lyndon Johnson could escalate the Vietnam War to buy more weapons from the military industrial complex. Really the only thing he left out was Area 51.

  • Elaine S.

    “It’s a theme as old as the popular cults of Jesse James and John Dillinger”
    And just as much media-driven. A couple of years ago I read a really interesting (to me, at least) book titled “Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War” by historian T.J. Stiles. People think of James as a colorful Wild West outlaw stealing from the rich to give to the poor, when in reality, he was a leftover Confederate terrorist (Stiles’ words) who knew how to manipulate the media of the day. Stiles describes how Jesse spent his late teen years wandering around rural Missouri with his brother Frank and other bushwhackers bumping off anyone they deemed insufficiently committed to the cause of Southern independence and the perpetuation of slavery. After the Civil War ended, instead of giving up their campaign of revenge, they just chose slightly different targets (banks, railroads, etc.) and worked in collusion with an ex-bushwhacker turned newspaper editor to gin up public interest in their new Lost Cause. The “purveyors of beer and shampoo” really haven’t changed all that much since then.

    • Mark S. (not for Shea)

      And it works. I’ve known lots of people from Missouri in my time, but I’ve never met anyone from Missouri who didn’t claim to be descended from Jesse James. His cult is still very much alive.