I must confess I was fascinated
watching actor Tim Robbins on C-Span, speaking to the National
Press Club. He was passionate. I like that in a
person. I actually found myself starting to respect the
Now before you sit down in a huff
and begin writing that nasty letter telling me that I've gone
over to the dark side, let me explain. I don't agree with
a single thing this man believes about the great issues of our
time. He is completely deluded, in my opinion. But
Robbins has passion, and a man without passion is a man without
a soul. A man without passion is someone who will pretend
to believe in anything in order to gain power, wealth, prestige.
A man without passion will change his opinion based on the
popular winds of doctrine. Bill Clinton is such a man.
But Tim Robbins isn't faking it.
I think he believes most of what he was spouting in that speech
last week. He honestly thinks that he and his gilded
cronies out there in La-La Land are being persecuted, censured –
and even censored – for their views against the war in Iraq.
These people have some truly
amazing beliefs in their treasure trove of fantasies, but that
one causes the mind to reel. He and his "life partner",
Susan Sarandon, (marriage would be too conventional for these
two) starred together in the eighties baseball movie "Bull
Durham". Apparently, because of their strident attitude
against the war, the pair was uninvited to an event connected to
that film, to be held at the Baseball Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, New York.
Now that might be construed as a
mild slap in the face, but no worse than the insults these two
have been hurling at George W. Bush and his advisors – and by
extension, at the brave troops who have so skillfully and so
carefully liberated the Iraqi people over the last month.
And it's certainly not as though someone is telling this
Hollywood power couple they can't work at their craft, making
ridiculous amounts of money playing make-believe on the big
But to hear Tim Robbins talk, you
would think that the House Un-American Activities Committee has
been revived, and that he and Susan have been subpoenaed to
appear and show cause why they should not be blacklisted from
making further films. Or worse, that the Gestapo is at
their door to take them away in the middle of the night for
"unspecified crimes against the regime".
Tim Robbins has no concept of real
persecution. He should try living in Saddam Hussein's
Iraq, Fidel Castro's Cuba or Kim Jung-il's North Korea for a while. Does he imagine that he would be allowed to amass
great wealth making movies – or doing anything else, for that
matter – in one of these countries? Does he think that the
regimes he seems so intent on preserving would tolerate one of
his tirades for five minutes?
Robbins and Sarandon belong to
that clique in Hollywood that imagines itself untouchable.
They put their careers at risk by exercising their First
Amendment right to shoot their mouths off against their own
country, then try to peddle the lie that unfair persecution and
government censorship are at work when average Americans don't
like what they stand for and decide not to buy tickets to their
Which begs the question: If
they truly believed that there was the slightest chance that
they might be arrested or denied work, do you think they would
be espousing such vitriol against the dreaded regime? I
don't know. They're passionate people. They just