My God, what a great war movie; I wish it was twice as long. Brad Pitt showed why he's the bitch-slappingest actor around right now; and he's very likeable as a person, to boot. This post isn't about reviewing the movie; movie reviews are not really my thing. Both @AceofSpades and Breitbart's @JohnNolte do excellent movie reviews (I don't think Ace did one, but read John's if you're interested).
This blog post is not about World War II, which if you consider it just for context, was an amazingly brutal and uncertain time in our Nation's history. No other era so defined Americanism and individual freedom and liberty in modern times. The existential historical context of the United States rests on The Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II, and we still have Americans alive today and their progeny who were part of the last. That's amazing when you think of it; World War II is still very much a part of our every day breathing lives.
It's so important to America, in fact, that we created a beautiful memorial in the very heart of our Nation's capital to forever symbolize America's gratitude to those who struggled against the evil forces of Socialism and Imperialism seeking to conquer the world.
Maybe you've heard of this memorial. It was the same silly memorial the Obama Administration petulantly gated and closed during the October 2013 budget battle to exclude Americans from visiting open, public lands.
Oh, and while it was closed, the National Park Service opened other parts of the National Mall for for a pro-illegal immigration citizenship march and rally.
From the 08 October 2013 USA Today: "The march, dubbed the "Camino Americano", or "American Road," is hosted by groups including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Casa de Maryland. The rally will feature speeches by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other members of Congress. Another highlight will be a concert by the Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte."
So, what do we see going up next to the World War II memorial in DC's National Mall?
In short, it's a 6 Acre Sand Portrait of "not Obama" taking shape.
The artist Cuban-Immigrant Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, has done this in several places around the world, and this is his first in the United States. It involves 2,000 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil, among other things.
So, what's the harm in a cute little sand project that ostensibly promotes American values like e pluribus unum? Why be such a Debbie Wasserman-Downer, Peter Dee?
Who is Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada?
According to his Wikipedia page, he "emigrated" about the age of four with his Cuban family to America in 1970, supposedly because his father didn't want to live in a Communist Paradise any more. Being a highly skilled sugar cane cutter-upper, his father easily was granted a US work Visa, I suppose--work Americans won't do.
ARTFUX! - THE EXECUTION OF JESSE HELMS!
Beside him stood a shrouded statue.
After [Jorge] Rodriguez read an opening statement and the defendant was ordered to stand and be sworn in, the shroud was removed to reveal him: an almost life-sized, flabby, under-endowed, ceramic nude statue of Helms. It was brilliantly rendered and, therefore, intensely ugly.
Do you swear to tell the truth...so help you your dangerously misguided, fascist version of God?"
No answer from Helms. Cuevas continued.
"Sir, the charges against you stem from your entire horrendous career of disservice to the American people."
"You have voted against the integration of schools!"
"You have tried to force your fascist-fundamentalist beliefs through school prayer which supports YOUR version of religion!"
"You have attacked religious freedom by trying to take away tax exemptions from those who believe different from YOU!"
"You have voted to take away social services which are used to feed CHILDREN!"
"And now you sir, are conspiring to take away the people's First Amendment right to free speech and expression!"
Cuevas then leveled the bullhorn at the effigy's sneering face.
"YOU SIR, CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED!!!"
He turned to the cheering crowd.
"Jury, how do you find the defendant?!?"
"Guilty!!" they roared.
"EXECUTIONER! CARRY OUT THE SENTENCE!!" Cuevas ordered, stepping clear.
"DIE!!!!!" cried Rodriguez, and the hammer fell. As the statue broke and toppled, shattering on the Capitol Building steps, the crowd learned that it, much like Helms himself, was full of shit.
Again, who is Jorge? More, in his own words...
We once blocked of Wall street with a vinyl banner with reinforcing cables that was padlocked from light post to light post on either side of the street. We painted an american flag motif with headless businessmen in a chorus line on the banner. It was related to the issue of loans to third world countries that got stolen by those in power but had to be paid back by the population of these countries. I made a ceramic sculpture of Jesse Helms and then destroyed it on the Capitol steps after we staged a mock trial. That was for his attacks on NEA funding. We wanted to make a change. We had no fear… We were too intense to be able to stay together very long."
In the same 2003 interview, Jorge unsurprisingly says he is extremely inspired by anti-capitalist Noam Chomsky.
So, we now know the "Who" part of the puzzle, but "Why?" Why is this project being made?
Seems appropriate these days. It always seems appropriate to me these days.