Ben Stein comments on the Oscars

(via Snopes)

Ben Stein is great.  He is entertaining and intelligent.  When he has something to say, it’s usually worth reading.  So tonight, I’m posting a link back to an article he wrote on the faux patriotism of the Hollywood “elite” at the Oscars.  A brief snippet follows:

I did not see every second of it, but my wife did, and she joins me in noting that there was not one word of tribute, not one breath, to our fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan or to their families or their widows or orphans. There were pitifully dishonest calls for peace — as if the people we are fighting were interested in any peace for us but the peace of the grave. But not one word for the hundreds of thousands who have served and are serving, not one prayer or moment of silence for the dead and maimed.

Basically, the sad truth is that Hollywood does not think of itself as part of America, and so, to Hollywood, the war to save freedom from Islamic terrorists is happening to someone else. It does not concern them except insofar as it offers occasion to mock or criticize George Bush. They live in dreamland and cannot be gracious enough to thank the men and women who pay with their lives for the stars’ ability to live in dreamland. This is shameful.

[tags]Ben Stein, Hollywood[/tags]