"In 1981 our last great president, Ronald Reagan, cut tax rates and slowed the growth of government, thereby ushering in 25 of the most prosperous, free and creative years this country has ever known," notes author Andrew Klavan in a totally awesome PJTV presentation that's the best ever explication of what the Tea Party Movement is all about. "Cutting government was so effective that you, not being experts like myself, might have thought that the era of unchecked government was dead. But, it's back. It's the night of the living government."
"I’m just blazing away because I know I’m right, I know I’m good, and when it comes to the love of leftist elites, frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn," best-selling "author of many novels picked up by Hollywood" Andrew Klavan told a Bellum interviewer the other day. We discovered Mr. Klavan in a PJTV blockbuster — "best thing PJTV or just about anybody in the media has ever produced" we wrote Roger L. Simon. Then we took the liberty of sending a news tip with link to Matt Drudge. If Matt picks it up, we will know why we were born. A few more tasty tidbits from that Bellum interview and then on to more of "The night of the living government" and some thoughts of our own:
One of the prime motivators of human action — and one rarely spoken about — is the desire to appear virtuous before those you admire: it soothes the inner sense of shame. Leftist conformity has given American intellectuals and artists cheap virtue-free virtue, really, virtue without deeds or discipline. Vote liberal and you’re a hero no matter what. Do you beat your wife or drive your kids into addiction or drive a car under the influence of cocaine or betray your nation with anti-American propaganda? No worries, dude, you’re a leftist, you’re good. But point out that welfare destroys neighborhoods or that Islamists are evil — and whoa, you’re out of the club.
Can you say music to our ears? Tribalism and its progenitor,"the importance of being noticed," ur theme of our blog, rear their lovely heads. How sweet it is.
"So they came to me, because I've written the screenplays for horror movies," continues Klavan. "Not being experts yourselves, you may not know this, but in many horror movies there's a scene in which the monster is apparently killed. The music swells, and you think the picture is over. Then suddenly the monster reaches up out of the grave and goes on a rampage. This is exactly the situation we find ourselves in today."
"This is an almost perfect metaphor for your government at work," explains Klavan:
I'm sure many of you remember that film, "Night of the Living Dead." Ordinary people take shelter in a house, barring the doors and boarding the windows against zombies, who reach in through any opening they can find in order to devour the people's flesh and turn the living into zombies like themselves …
Zombies are dead creatures that don't produce anything and must devour the lives of others, even though once everyone becomes a zombie, there'll be nothing left for anyone to eat. Government is exactly the same. It doesn't start businesses, it doesn't create wealth, it doesn't invent anything. It devours all the stuff that you make.
You bar the door against property tax, they come in through a sales tax. You board the windows against income tax, they reach in through an energy tax.
Speaking of zombies, it's time for a reprise of this moment of truth from our post-election December 2006 post, "A most eloquent eulogy for the nation's tragic loss":
The year was 1940, two years after the appeasing Chamberlain declared "Peace in our time" as Hitler's forces of darkness were closing in. Bob Hope, who would later become the great white hope of American forces all over the world, delivered the punchline of all punchlines, which resonates big time in this post-election season of our discontent.
Richard Carlson character: A zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.
Bob Hope character: You mean like Democrats?
Thanks for the memories.
This just in from da man himself, Andrew Klavan, to whom we'd written of our devotion:
Thank you, Sissy. That's so nice to hear, really. It balances the hate mail, lol! Best, AK.
Hate mail? Bring it on! As Klavan himself says, "when it comes to the love of leftist elites, frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Update: Now this via email from Andrew Klavan:
You know, I joked with Roger that you must be a lady of wisdom and discernment to say such nice things about me. Now I read your blog and it turns out you actually ARE a lady of wisdom and discernment, making me feel even more flattered and grateful.
But of course.
Update II: More music to our ears from one we admire: Instalanche! Thank you, Professor.