The outrage from the Left about Donald Trump’s comments in 2005 is the highest level of hypocrisy. Of course it is. We all know this. It’s standard operating procedure among those on the Left. Rape accusations against Bill Clinton, well, that’s old news. Something that Trump said 11 years ago, it’s a rollicking scandal.
What group are the biggest supporters of Hillary Clinton? Those in the entertainment business. It’s hard to find a film to watch these days that is not filled with explicit sexual content, the objectification of women, drug use, bloody violence, rape scenes, sodomy, torture, and some of the filthiest language you will ever hear.
Of course, this is all “art.” Putting an “art” label on a film, song, or painting, statute, or other “art” work is all the justification a liberal needs to render it acceptable. Remember the “Piss Christ” exhibition, a “photograph of a crucifix submerged in a jar of Andres Serrano’s urine? Serrano had received a grant of $20,000 from the NEA”? Let’s not forget Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Perfect Moment” exhibition “which included five sadomasochistic portraits and two images of naked minors with graphic focus on the genitals.” Yes, it was art because liberals said it was. End of discussion.
By the way, the budget – money that was stolen at the behest of Congress from American taxpayers by Congress – of the National Endowment for the Arts is near $150 million.
Robert De Niro has denounced Donald Trump in graphic terms. The Left cheered! If you check the list of movies that use the F-word, you will see two of De Niro’s movies high on the list: Casino (442) and Goodfellas (300). The Wolf of Wall Street is number three on the list of films with the most occurrences of the F-word. Who’s its star and one of the co-producer? Leonardo DiCaprio who is a big Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter. “The word ‘f***’ and its numerous conjugations are said between 506 and 569 times, making this the film with the most uses of the word in a mainstream, non-documentary film.”
The so-called “righteous indignation” over Trump’s sex talk in 2005 is nothing more than political posturing. The Left’s policies and lifestyle choices and promotions have done more to harm the moral fabric of America than anything Donald Trump has said or done. The Left feigns outrage while the whole time it receives massive financial and media support from industries that peddle filth as art in the name of the First Amendment: Here’s how Rush Limbaugh put it:
“All these people on the left and the media running around outrageously offended? They’re not offended in the slightest by what Trump said! They’re capitalizing on it. They’re the ones that set up this permissive society! They’re the ones who have shred the boundaries…. These are the people that take money from people in Hollywood that produce some of the most depraved content we’ve seen!
“And they celebrate it and they applaud it and they call it great art. And it’s far, far more destructive in terms of how it’s portrayed than what Trump’s talking about on some bus in a studio lot at Access Hollywood. So the hypocrisy on this is tenfold. They get to act like they’re righteously indignant and like this is the greatest assault on morality and decency, and these people have presided over the destruction of decency!”
Tipper Gore, the former wife of Al Gore, took on the music industry in the 1980s because of songs that included lyrics about drugs, sex, pornography, objectification of women, suicide themes, violence, and Satanism. She described a meeting she had with “angry rock stars and other recording artists” at the New York Chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS):
“I never had a chance. The panel included record producer Bob Porter, jazz artist Mtume, and punk rock singer Wendy O. Williams, in a T-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Eat Your Honey.’1 The audience consisted of a business associate of the rock group Twisted Sister, punk rockers sporting purple Mohawk haircuts and T-shirts bearing the logo for the heavy metal band Venom, and a few quiet NARAS officials. Every question, for almost three hours, were aimed at me. Many were highly personal and insulting. No doubt about it—I had been set up.2
To her credit, at the time, Tipper took on the powerful music and film industries. She stood up to a barrage of criticism, especially from Frank Zappa, the self-appointed “anti-censorship” advocate, who called her a “cultural terrorist.”
The “highly personal and insulting” questions Tipper was asked cannot be reproduced here. This helps to explain the cautionary warning on the front cover of her book Raising PG Kids In An X-Rated Society: “EXPLICIT MATERIAL–PARENTAL ADVISORY.” Her book is filled with indictments of unbelievably raunchy and violence-laden song lyrics, including “lyrics dedicated to satanism,” which she describes as “the ultimate form of rebellion. It rejects Judeo-Christian religion, turns good and evil upside down, and rebels against life itself.”3
These were strangely prophetic words because the Gores took the path that has turned good and evil upside down and turned them into “rebels against life itself.” The once conservative Al Gore is now a Leftist of the highest order.
Raising PG Kids In An X-Rated Society was published in 1987. In 1988, Al Gore decided to run for President of the United States. He painted himself as a cultural conservative. Here’s how one observer saw it:
“The political experts agree that Mrs. Gore’s book promotion will have an imprint on her husband’s race, giving it a more moralistic tone, but they are divided over whether this will help or hurt Senator Gore.
“Some argue that it will help by charming the right wing of the Democratic Party, where the Senator is not particularly strong because of his youth, his moderate stands and his father’s liberal legacy as a member of Congress from Tennessee for more than three decades.
“But others disagree, privately singing a tune called ‘Tipper Don’t Preach,’ a takeoff on the hit song ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ by Madonna, one of the artists Mrs. Gore has criticized.
“Geoffrey Garin, a Democratic pollster, said Mrs. Gore could alienate many young professionals who should be her husband’s natural constituency.”4
As time went on, Tipper changed her tune for obvious political and fundraising reasons. In an October 1987 meeting between the Gores and entertainment luminaries, she claimed the 1985 Senate hearings on X-rated music lyrics, on which her husband served, were a “mistake.” Al Gore claimed he “was not in favor of the hearings.” Of course, this was a lie. The transcripts show Gore as a willing participant. He thanked the Chairman and commended him for calling the hearing. Soon Tipper was holding behind-closed-door meetings with big names in the entertainment business in order to “mend fences.”
Why the change? Needing additional money to run a campaign, Gore turned to the usual liberal suspects: the entertainment industry. He got the cold shoulder because his wife “was viewed as a dangerous advocate of censorship by many in Hollywood.”5 By 1992, Tipper had “backed off” from her work with the Parents Music Resource Center, “a group that successfully pressured the record industry to place labels on albums and tapes to warn purchasers of sexually explicit or violent lyrics.”6 But she was still viewed as a “threat.” In fact, when Bill Clinton picked Gore as his running mate, some leftist rockers were shocked. Joey Ramone of the punk band “The Ramones,” who penned Censtorsh**, planned to vote for Clinton in the 1992 election, “but when he brought Gore in, I felt betrayed and alienated. He goes for the MTV generation which is fueled by music, then he turns his back on the music populace.”7
To show you how much things had changed, Irving Azoff, Norman Lear, Don Henley, contributed nothing to Gore=s 1988 campaign. However, all three gave the maximum $1,000 to the 2000 Gore presidential campaign, and Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa, children of the late Frank Zappa, also each gave $1,000 to Gore 2000.
“In 2000 the Gores will not be making the mistake of antagonizing the left wing of the Democrat Party. Crusading against explicit music lyrics is no longer as high on Tipper=s list as fund-raising with former members of the Grateful Dead is. These days Tipper does not think twice about getting on stage and performing with former members of the Grateful Dead, a band who lost three members to drug induced deaths, all the while producing explicit drug-related music.”8
The transformation does not stop with catering to the liberal entertainment industry. Al Gore repudiated his once pro-life record. In fact, he has gone so far as to deny that he ever supported pro-life initiatives. In fact, he and Bill Bradley were out abortioning one another in the primaries. Bradley, once a professing Christian who spoke for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is proud of the fact that he supports abortion on demand, even calling for taxpayers to fund the grizzly procedure.
In several letters to constituents, early in his political career, Gore made it clear that he opposed abortion. He stated in a September 15, 1983, letter, “It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong.” He goes on to state, “Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected and I have an open mind on how to further this goal.”
In a letter dated August 22, 1984, Gore stated, “I have strongly opposed federal funding of abortion.”
He even supported the Hyde Amendment, which denied federal funds for abortions except to save the life of the mother. “As late as 1987, as a U.S. Senator, Gore wrote, ‘During my 11 years in Congress, I have consistently opposed federal funding of abortions. In my opinion, it is wrong to spend federal funds for what is arguably9 the taking of a human life.’” Gore went so far as to vote in 1984 to amend the federal civil rights law to re-define the term “person” to “include unborn children from the moment of conception.”
But when national politics was on the line, Al Gore became an ardent supporter of abortion. He has stated that he “has always supported a woman’s right to choose” regarding abortion. Based on his voting record, this is a lie.
Al Gore=s transformation from a pro-life advocate to a pro-abortion point man began in 1987, the same year he announced his candidacy for president. In fact, immediately after his narrow win over the very pro-abortionist Bradley in the New Hampshire primary on February 1, 2000, Gore headed back to Washington for an abortion rights vote. As his spokesman was quick to point out, “Al Gore has time and again stood up for a woman’s right to choose and this is another example of it.”
The Left’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. Liberals pump their sewage into our homes, schools, and popular culture then like Captain Renault who is “shocked” to find that gambling is going on in Rick’s place, Liberals feign the same shock when people actually act out what they’ve been consuming.
A euphemism for oral sex. ↩
Tipper Gore, Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1987), 15-16 ↩
Gore, Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society, 121. ↩
Maureen Dowd, “Tipper Changes Her Tune,” The New York Times (April 28, 1987). ↩
“Hollywood changes tune on Mrs. Gore,” Atlanta Journal/Constitution (September 6, 1992), A2. ↩
“Hollywood changes tune on Mrs. Gore,” A2. ↩
Quoted in Edna Gundersen, “Tipper Gore faces the Music,” USA Today (July 22, 1992), 1D. ↩
I believe that he meant “unarguably,” otherwise the sentence does not make sense with what follows: “the taking of a human life.” ↩