Famed anti-American agitator and Hollywood star (these two descriptors just kind of go hand in hand anymore, don’t they?) Sean Penn appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan program recently. And I could be wrong, but I think the entire point of him going on there was simply to prove exactly what I’ve been complaining about for the last several years: that we have arrived at a point in our society where we are willing to pretend that nothing short of mindless drivel is somehow intellectual and worthy of our contemplation.
I’m being completely serious. Maybe it’s expecting too much from a guy who has never pursued any honest intellectual pursuits and has confined himself to playing make-believe on television to be able to string together logical thoughts, but I don’t think so. There are some in the acting community, and there are certainly those who have never pursued any serious academic degrees who can be extremely wise, and extremely logical in their approach to issues. Needless to say, Sean Penn is not one of them.
But don’t tell him that – or any of his buds on the far left. Read this following statement from Penn that he spewed on CNN and tell me in what universe this actually makes sense.
SEAN PENN: What happens is that people become pawns, become sheep of movements of comfort, those things that will keep them out of either complicated thought that they don’t aspire to, or out of a kind of tolerance that they don’t understand. To become a polarizing figure, you’re polarizing for those who are self-polarized, and I think that what we want to see and what I can’t do, what young people can do with each other is where the movements will always be because it’s in that that those things will be given greater breadth, and the lessons and the education will infuse itself into that. It’ll be a human education.
At the same time, we do know that the country has been swinging, you know, in terms of the polarization on the Right to incredible kind of fundamentalist situation where you have people like – we talked about Rick Santorum – where, where actually they are virtually contradicting all the Constitutional principles in their rhetoric. And so you say, “Well look, okay, you can believe that, but you cannot equate that with this Constitution. That’s not an interpretation issue. It means that you did not read the Constitution, and indeed you are anti-American.”
I am very pro-American in the sense of a Constitutional America, and I’m very pro-American in terms of a diverse America and one where we do reach out and understand that to be too mono-cultural is to limit ourselves and create the insecurity that we’re currently facing.
For his part, Morgan sat there with a bewildered look on his face – almost pained – as he tried to make sense of this meandering, confused, and overtly ignorant rant. The only thing that emerges from the rubble of his fractured, backwards and mutilated sentences is the fact that he believes that Rick Santorum is anti-American.
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That’s almost more humorous than the stupidity of the rest of the statement. Here’s a guy who has rallied with Hugo Chavez in South America, and has stood in solidarity with some of the most committed anti-American dictators the world knows or has known. Yet he is going to condemn another for having no appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and for being anti-American.
(As a side note, his point about our strength being diversity is misplaced as well. Yes, diverse people are a blessing to any culture, but strength comes when those diverse people voluntarily unite behind ideas, principles and ideals. Our strength comes in unity. Read John Jay in the Federalist Papers to see that explained eloquently).
Once again I make the plea to Americans of all backgrounds, and political stripes: let’s please stop pretending that stupidity is intellectual, that mental rubbish is wise, that inanity is clever. It is not. Thanks to the anti-American liberal Sean Penn for providing yet another example of that.