The link between Hollywood and America’s first made-for-primetime president has been strong from the start. For years, as he has cautioned Americans to sacrifice and tighten their belts and waged war against the “wealthy,” President Obama has lived as Sultan Obama and entertained countless celebrities with lavish dinner parties and has lived-it-up with thugs-turned-moguls like Jay Z.
He has also counted on the largely brainless Hollywood crowd to dutifully parrot his talking points. From spreading propaganda about Obamacare to joining with celebrities to try and convince Americans that relinquishing hard-won Second Amendment rights is “cool,” Obama has not been merely contented with the sycophantic media that adores him, but has worked to join with Hollywood to stamp-out the freedoms that limit his despotic reign.
Prior to his shameful State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the Obama Administration sent-out pre-approved talking points for celebrities to tweet-out during his speech to bolster his anti-Second Amendment efforts.
Associate Director of Public Engagement at the White House Jesse Moore sent-out an email to A-listers- titled “Artists & Entertainers Unite to #StopGunViolence”- which included pre-approved and Twitter-ready sentiments spoon-fed to those who are bereft of authentic thought. They included such gems as:
@POTUS is taking new commonsense steps to help #StopGunViolence.
@POTUS is taking steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands through background checks.
FACT: Each year, more than 30,000 American lives are cut short by guns. It’s time to #StopGunViolence.
FACT: Guns now kill as many people as cars in almost half of the U.S. It’s time to #StopGunViolence.
@POTUS is strengthening our background check system.
The talking points were dutifully tweeted by such entertainers as Ashton Kutcher, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Melissa Joan Hart and Kerry Washington. Many others have even written a joint letter to the president thanking him for unilaterally infringing upon the Second Amendment without Congress or constitutional authority.
The email was sent to publicists, celebrities and agents and it originated from the White House Office of Public Engagement which claims that it is the “embodiment of the President’s goal of making government inclusive, transparent, accountable and responsible.”
Of course, this administration has not only been remarkably secretive and closed-off to collaborative governing, but the latest unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment edicts were specifically designed to avoid accountability or responsibility as they originated from the executive branch- a branch of government prohibited from making laws but instead trusted with the enforcement of legislatively-crafted laws.
The email conspires with celebrities asking them to “Make your voice heard on social media today using #StopGunViolence and see how many of your peers you can get to do the same. I’ll make sure everyone here knows you have the President’s back.”
In a republic, however, it is not the responsibility of citizens to “have the president’s back.” In reality, the president works for the people.
The Obama Administration’s creepy move has been savaged by conservative pundits who see that Hollywood stars may not be the best ambassadors of policy discussions and issues surrounding constitutional permissibility.
“This seems an unprecedented abuse of White House influence to manipulate the public into believing celebrities genuinely supported the president,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Institute. “Hollywood is just an extension of Obama’s press office.”
Matthew Vadum, senior editor at the Capital Research Center, also blasted the Obama Administration for “Using allies to spoon feed and crowd-source radical political propaganda.”
“In the Obama era, the entertainment industry has been openly complicit in administration plans to promote so-called health care reform, for example, gleefully parachuting pro-Obamacare propaganda into TV shows,” Vadum said. “As the president tries to unilaterally crack down on firearms, it’s not like he needs to put a gun to Hollywood heads. Zombie-like, they’ll repeat any words he stuffs into their mouths.”
Kelly Carlson, star of the FX show “Nip/Tuck,” blasted the move as insulting and made it clear where she stands:
“It makes me sad to see good people being grossly exploited and manipulated, because of their lack of knowledge on the subject,” Carlson said. “If ANY elected official, from ANY political party sent me this mob-style propaganda letter, I’d very disrespectfully tell them to go to hell; I don’t subscribe to coercion.”
While social media is a great thing in so many ways, it has led to an undeniable negative consequence as it has led to more-cursory style of political conversation. Actors who can barely remember lines and fall-down-drunk musicians who haven’t read a newspaper since 7th grade social studies are now in a position to disseminate government-fostered propaganda to millions in the click of a button and this sad manipulation is taking place instead of a substantive political discussion furnished by more-knowledgeable professionals.
In a world where Ashton Kutcher has a say on Second Amendment liberties beyond his role as a mere American citizen, it’s clear that something has gone very, very wrong.