Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hollywood types pledging

I don't know how many of you have seen the pointless ad with various hollywood types, many of whom have been a thorn in the side of the previous administration, pledging to do something under Obama (most of which they could just as easily have done under Bush). If you haven't, don't bother.

It isn't the point of this post to bring up the fact that, unlike those featured in the ad, conservatives will do their best to support an administration they disagree with in keeping us safe from terrorism and succeeding in bringing back the economy (though certainly they will vocally oppose many of his policies, especially domestically), but I have to point it out. My point is in a particular pledge (voiced in several ways): Someone I don't know pledges to "work to make good the 200 year old promise to end slavery", Demi Moore pledges to "free one million people from slavery", and Ashton Kutcher pledges to "the abolition of 21st century slavery".

Are they going to personally take up arms against nations (including China) that have never attacked us so that they can end slavery? Or do they think they can make a movie that will finally (after not 200, but thousands, of years) bring an end to slavery in the world (and if so, why didn't they do it decades ago)? This strikes me a bit like the stupid "Free Tibet" bumper stickers progressives like to sport. I've frequently wondered what would happen if an administration casually announced "We've decided the Free Tibet people are right, and we're mobilizing our armed forces to start a war with China in order to free Tibet."

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