Friday, January 25, 2008

Naked Hypocrisy

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Several other bloggers have already addressed Sylvester Stallone's anti-gun hypocrisy, but I did hear something a bit interesting on the Rush Limbaugh show in the truck today. Transcript here, but here's what I heard...

I actually did a lot of research on these people. They actually believe what they're doing is right and that someday there's going to be this mystical moment and we're all going to join hands and sing "We Are the World," and when the truth is, Rambo says, "War is natural. Peace is an accident." That's a fact of life. It's unfortunate that we can start a war in five minutes, but it takes us a hundred years to make peace. So what comes more natural? So what he's trying to tell these people: all the medicine, all the Bibles, all the optimism and this naïveté; doesn't work in a savage world.
How ironic it is that the fictional John Rambo is so much smarter than the real-life Sylvester Stallone, who says things like, "We need one person in an influential position to stand up and tell the truth about gun control lobbies... Until America, door to door, takes every handgun, this is what you're gonna have... this is an escalating problem that’s eventually going to lead to, I think, urban warfare...It [2nd Amendment] has to be stopped, and someone really has to go on the line, a certain dauntless political figure, and say, ‘It’s ending, it’s over, all bets are off. It’s not 200 years ago, we don’t need this anymore, and the rest of the world doesn’t have it. Why should we?"
The above was in my head as Mr. Stallone was elucidating on Rambo's motivations, as he talked about what's been going on in the country formerly known as Thailand, and as I cursed him for being a blind, hypocritical son of a bitch for not realizing or refusing to see that stripping Americans of their right to arms would lead to the very same thing eventually. I know Rush has only been a supporter of the RKBA to the extent it helps the GOP, but it was still quite disheartening to see him bring Stallone on his show like he was some sort of conservative hero. I guess Stallone has done us all a favor to the extent his movie propagates the message that optimism and words will only take one so far, but I would love to have seen Rush ask Mr. Stallone why he thinks that door-to-door disarmament makes him any different than the guy who tells John Rambo it's never right to take a life. But I guess that would have been asking too much.