Charlton Heston: the unwilling hero

So I guess that by now everybody knows that Charlton Heston passed away last weekend.

I could never agree with the political activism of his later years, nevertheless I aknowledge the fact that he was a giant as an actor, a member of a generation of Hollywood icons the likes of whom we will probably never witness again.

Thinking about his career legacy, I suddenly realized that what attracted me most about his films, was the fact that he always played the part of the unwilling hero. A character that initially was content with his place in the world and had no great ambitions, but that suddenly due to changes that were outside his power, finds his life making a dramatic turn; and suddenly he has to struggle against the status quo to regain what has been taking from him. In doing so the character becomes a hero.

That's exactly what happens with Taylor in "Planet of the Apes", with detective Robert Thorn in "Soylent Green", with Judah Ben-Hur and even with Moses, the most recognizable of his roles and the one people remember the most.

I suppose all these characters appeal to us because they remind us that any underdog can become a hero, if he finds the courage to fight.

Charlton Heston, thank you for making us feel that WE too can become heroes, if we just heed the words of the burning bush.

Rest In Peace.

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Hi Red,
I agree with this. Hated his politics but loved the actor. And yes, he did always seem to play the Hero 'archetype'. Maybe because they made the most epic stories. And he had the voice for an epic, and craggy face of the past.

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Generally Speaking, I didn't like all of his politics, especially his opposition to gun control. But, let's not forget that he protested for civil right in the 1960's. Furthermore, he was a conservative who knew that there was more than one side to an issue, and he was sincere in his respect for the opinions of others!

Since I'm really not into Hollywood, I won't comment on his acting! But, given the acclaim that he received, I'm certain that he must have been a great actor!

What do you think?

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He along with Ronald Reagan were two of a kind. They maintained their morality and beliefs while most of us became fools of the Progressive Hype. They did not become easy and did not give in to the daily broadcast from most of the major networks and New York Newspapers. They were the generation of my father and those folks were good to the core and expressed the character of Heros in their daily lives. I wish I were as good as they were and I still see them as examples of how life should be lived rather than go along with the crowd that is mostly just out to have fun no mater what the cost to future generations. They represented what we were as a nation before we got caught up in this silly game.

God Bless Charlton Heston...

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Thanks for the comments, you guys.

Enigmni, your comment reminds of a recent discussion I participated in, that dealt with a documentary about Al Capp, the cartoonist who drew the much acclaimed 'Lil Abner' comic strip. By the end of his life Al Capp devoted himself to speaking in public forums and television talk shows to denounce the excesses and hipocrisy of the peace student movement of the 60's, and apparently to rant about the youth culture in general, criticizing John and Yoko for their nude photographs for example.

There were a lot of people who thought Capp had gone from idealistic liberal to bitter conservative in his senior years, however I decided to write this as my opinion:

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"I don’t think Capp changed his politics. I think we perceive him as a liberal-turned-conservative simply because he reamined static in the same position he stood for all his life, while failing to address the rest of the world was moving forward without him. But that is the fate and folly of ALL generations.

That said, I consider myself to be a very liberal individual, against the war in Vietnam and the present war in Iraq, and yet I couldn’t help agreeing with him in some points. Truly, a student movement that fought for peace and yet resorted to violence should have had a long look in the mirror. And in the end, the “flower power” was defeated by itself amid a thick cloud of LSD and marijuana."

I wrote this because immediately after seeing the clips and reading the comments, the dialogue from the movie 'Inherit the wind' popped in my head —I love those movies BTW, both the old b&w flick aswell as the newer version with Jack Lemmon and Geroge C. Scott— when Bryan asks Darrow why he had turned away from him, his former friend and political ally; Darrow replies that according to Einstein ALL movement is relative, and that perhaps Bryan had turned away from everyone else... by standing still.

So, in my humble opinion, I think that perhaps what happened with Capp in the 60s happened to Heston aswell. If you turn too entrenched into your own old views and ideas, you risk being left behind by the rest of the world. You need to dare put your ideas into question, and see if they are still valid in the world you live in.

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Liberalism might be a sickness or it might be that we are all sick...I have gone through both stages and now I am almost done. Anyway this is something we wrote back about 7 years ago after I met with about 30 media types. This came out of our discussion.
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For over fifty years, America has existed, until the war on terror, within the advancing influence of dark issues held in an unholy alliance not unlike the evil shepherds of ancient witchery. These flippant and wicked forces work within the broadcastors of today’s pop-culture to conjure lies for political power-gains to control the uneducated and uninformed masses (80%of the population). Much of America’s Media is culpable in the perpetuation of this liberally controlled alliance.

Issues once held “hallowed” have been “positioned” by liberals into fallacies that corrupt American strategy against terrorism and human freedom. Aid and comfort to the enemy has been the apparent result of such positioning. It seems their (liberals) selfishness is more important than a nation's security or its individual freedoms. To maintain a national will is counter to their strategy to perpetrate division and fragmentation for selfish gain to their “power” desires.

Frequently, their rhetoric borders on sedition or treason rather than patriotism…and all of this is amplifying today, in this critical time of a war against terror brought on by September 11, 2001 or 9/11. With friends like this, who needs enemies? All of America needs to stand in unison behind a war against our national interests and the perpetuation of our revered freedom from fear.

Psychological warfare is the reality of the methodology used by liberals associated with the Democratic Party. It represents a wealth of brainpower designed to create discourse in our nation for their power needs. With insurmountable ties to academic professionals, the party has access to some of the best practitioners of propaganda expertise. Their system is to break down moral fiber and amplify self-indulgent behavior in the electorate. These researchers who profess knowledge of sophisticated propaganda techniques, target audiences preoccupied with their own hardened narcissistic pursuits. Hedonistic music and visual amplification of such can be found within all they purvey and strive to create points of civil contention.

Liberal Feminism is the human leveraging tool of the Democratic Party's strategists. This shallow mindset represents an impertinence against serious issues that were once part of our national founding principles. Their mission seems pointed at a tendency of human preoccupation with the self rather than an understanding of our national well being for the long term. Domestic issues are reinforced and touted over national security to drive a wedge into our societal makeup. Many in this audience, stir away from any immersion into the political reality until a “sound-bite-moment” prior to the election and then pen their future on false hype.

This barefaced liberality is birthed and sheathed within the womb of the Democratic Party and then unleashed for any campaign against its vested interests. Its focus and appeal is to our more feminine side and has lately penetrated and metastasized within the mentality of our insecurities and fears as never before. It has recently burgeoned into public acceptance through advertising, marketing strategy and reiteration of the same dismissive slogans and messages broadcast by a one-sided media seeking to change America psychologically if not morally and sexually. If this can be accomplished, they will create a nation "wussed" beyond the pale – one weak and acquiescent.

Many are unknowing participants in the spread of this selfish mentality, having been emotionally blackmailed via human leveraging methods built on amplification or allaying feelings of guilt not in line with our traditional moral existence. Such morality was once the base from which our nation issued forth set by our forefathers. Now honest citizens are being hyped by a strategy that impacts the selfish needs of individual wants rather than the future welfare of the many. It is high in self-oriented fulfillment not unlike the attitude of a spoiled and recalcitrant child.

Its appeal is through "soft-entry" slogans and diatribe of the "play nice" politically-correct paradigm of social engineering centered on appeasement or a permissive attitude. It suggests tolerance by its foe, but never shows such in return. It is liberalism's tool to attack and maintain the human psyche for "their" programmed manipulation. Once in this cauldron, escape is uncertain. Its calling is reiterated constantly through the media of major networks and newspapers via the liberal collective and their agenda, thus reinforcing their manipulative points. This strategy represents a co-opting of the human will designed to create a nation of easily milked cows.

Strategically placed federal practitioners (read liberal bureaucrats) have done the rest of the social engineering in collusion with their litigious bureaucrats emanating from the beltway of Washington D.C. This liberal attitude has amplified over the last 50 years via their politically emplaced media pundits developed via their strong hold in academic circles. Many of the aforementioned professionals are their own children. Almost as a "Coven of the Wussery", they have prepared our minds during those years of influence to be politically inept and patriotically dense. We are expected to be more concerned with the more feminine side of existence (showbiz existence) rather than the nation's security, which is positioned as a moot point and not very much fun.

The Coven’s messages have been and currently are, couched in singular emotional truths such as “for the children” or “for the environment”—slogans for the bandwagon-effect of Informal Fallacy (lies clothed in tiny truths). These messages are usually found to be outright lies, upon critical dissection, but the sound bites are left in the Information-float (media) that we Americans swim in daily. As an example: Nationally, we have thrown money and programs into education, “for the children,” but the end product produces an adult population reading at less than an eighth grade level and getting dumber as our schools become administratively rich and teacher poor. Support by the liberal NEA provides another control point for the social engineering of our children and their mindsets. Other associations are also culpable in this one-sided manipulation that reaches into the mentality of many parents.

The characteristic methodology used by the Wussery is "soft entry” hype – designed to hook feminists, soccer-mom audiences or left-leaning kooks. Usually these short messages were powerful, emotional slogans designed to reinforce political correctness or an issue-oriented special interest group like the environmentalists. It always is pabulum for the pop-culture of the “thoroughly modern Madonnas” who pass it on via their “networked” cell phone collective.

The American public is completely saturated in liberal sound bites and to say that our nation is over 50 percent wussed-out by the feminist fallacy is an understatement. Though many of us are men, we feel like women. We have become emotional neurotics due to an overly sold pop-culture that is hell-bent on selfish-esteem and pandering. We have been made to play the game of politics as if deference and fawning were the watchwords that built our great culture in the past. But we are wrong. Reality was 9/11.

But, sweet, precocious little girls did not build this nation. It has been built by hardy ladies and gentlemen who were fearless of other nations and feared God’s fulfillment over potential immoral consequences. The Establishing Generations long ago had moral character and staying power that is now co-opted by the social engineering of the politically correct practitioners. An example of what we once were is reinforced by the recent funeral of Ronald Reagan. He was one in a billion. One we all should emulate.

Liberal Feminism springs from the shallows of precocious innocence that hides a most evil devil willing to strike an unsuspecting soul from underneath and within. Its smile is a grimace pasted on like smirks flashed by the high-kick chorus line. Smiling faces of the clown and pats on the back have become the "false tools" of the Coven. Playing false is the coven’s means to our end and its persona of innocence is a misrepresentation to our unsuspecting senses couched on “easy” street. It is just one big gay-old (the old version) time. This attitude continues to decay America's youth.

Men, who are preoccupied with the mundane, have become too comfortable to recognize the craft of the Wussery or the politically correct. They have been shunted out of the social mix as major players in a liberalized media focused on the female psyche and its perpetuation of eternal security. What women want is the focus and spearhead of the liberal charge at America’s mindset.

The tenets of emotional blackmail and informal fallacy have saturated every political and social issue presented by the liberal feminists. When faced with truth many liberals become loud and ranting – methods to co-opt another's defense via controlled chaos. Conversely, they routinely try to make a joke of an issue to tease away the pressure with a "soft-entry" method of cajole – isn’t life funny? Tears are not beyond the techniques of empowerment. These sly practitioners continue to cloud a patriot's convictions with the dictates of informal fallacy or lie positioned as truths. The selfishness of the temptress has become hard to defray now that it is part of their perceived persona via psychological hardening – "I'm worth it."

Because their numbers are astronomical when it comes to support from media, advertising, entertainment and litigation, they have had the clout in all the right places to persuade and perpetuate their case. Compared to the population, the liberal femininists are small in numbers but their methods stress humanity’s overpowering desire for gratification, narcissism and nesting. Selfishness is their over powering trait. The left’s methods are sound-looped into the soft and complacent masses, where they are positioned, leveraged and sold as outright lies positioned as truths or the reality.

The factions that compose this escalating “coven of the wussery” are easily identified. They are those who would do anything to usurp power from any organization that seeks to conserve America’s foundations or our way of existence. If you are not part of their collective, you are their target and must be subsumed (see Rush Limbaugh). Abject evil is at the root of this wussing of America due to the ferocity evident in its attacks on George W. Bush, a president who tried to reach out to the opposition and had a war to buttress it to the people. Where is the union?

If the primary methodology is a lie presented as a truth, in persuading our humanity, then negative results always follow. If one were to analyze each and every means used to manipulate our freedoms away from us, the “Lie” is always found within the method. The use of Informal fallacy (see Aristotle’s list of fallacies) using a truth to conceal a lie is their touchstone. Lies can only be maintained by willing experts seeking to leverage an agenda through corrupt information hidden in a singular truth. Once their bandwagon begins to roll, the embedded media emplacements just fall into line in a roaring chorus.

When one knows the power of self-sustenance and rugged individualism driven by merit, the wussed alternative of victimization, narcissism and false-play seems like a no-brainer. But no—Liberalism created a passion for this alternative life-style positioned as a better power-vehicle for gays, women and politicians seeking to buy their votes. They have created the modern Stepford Wives Syndrome in their own image. Add the skills of the victim’s ploy, to divide and conquer, and a nation is ripe for the terrorism of September 11, 2001. We were too busy being liberally hyped to see it coming. Now we must be aware of the enemy within.

The war has been prolonged by the rhetoric of the left. Had they kept their mouths shut, we probably would have never emboldened the Terrorists to continue to fight using our own weaknesses...Our Wusses are the problem in winning this war.

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"All of America needs to stand in unison behind a war against our national interests and the perpetuation of our revered freedom from fear."

I don't know if I can agree with this. I understand that this was written prior to 9/11, when the need of solidarity was imperative. Yet regardless, I believe that the right to dissent is paramount in any democracy. If someone tells me that I need to quell my worries and questions by appealing to my sense of patriotism, well...

All I'm saying is that before everybody goes jumping off the ledge, we should be very damn sure we're doing the right thing. Actually that is exactly what conservatives that are not convinced about anthropogenic global warming posit; yet I'm well aware of the conundrum of waiting too long that by the time you take action is already too late.

Although I agree that we should always be suspicious of both the right and the left extremists.

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During World War II those who stood for anything counter to our national mindset was put down by the Democratic President FDR. It worked to finally give our nation victory over Germany, Italy and Japan. If we had been divided then, we may still have been fighting that mean war.

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However, it was because of that sense of not questioning the need to stand together no matter what, that despicable actions such as the prisioner camps for japanese-american were condoned, don't you think?

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My guess is that Charlton Heston was actually a sincere and honest man. He started making movies before I was born, and I don't know all his political history.

Of course, he usually portrayed the sincere and honest guy in movies. It was a role that he played well, often as the victim of larger powers.

We should not judge his personal or political character on a any particular issue, that we agree or disagree with.

What I know of him looks like he was consistent and honest. You knew what his opinions were. There is something to be said for that.

He was a great actor in his time.

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Yep, he was honest and consitent. A rarity in the times we live in.

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He was also a great patriot who stood and delivered his views on what this nation should be. He stood like a giant in the Republican Party and told it like it was to the world. I am proud of his politics and wish we had more like him. He was a strong man who believed in the things our founding fathers brought forth on this continent. To over look his politics would be a missed step in his overall accomplishments. He stood in a storm that is sweeping our great nation and I will not let it pass without giving him his due credit.

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So what's your favorite Heston movie, Engigmni?

"Planet of the Apes" is at the top of my list, of course; aswell as "Soylent". But I think that in the end my top Heston movie is "Agony & Ecstasy" in which he portrayed Michelangelo. Very powerful movie, it always moves me to tears.

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Will Smith tried to touch his Omega Man...but BTDT.

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I liked Smith's "I am Legend" —except the part where he kills his dog :-(

But after that I was curious to se both Heston's version, aswell as the other flick made by Vincent Price.

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Guess you don't like gun rights.

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No indeed.

And I would even go as far as stating thta I don't like guns period. But I do have to admit that eventhough I would like to consider myself a pacifist, I nevertheless have a predilection for FPS videogames. Contradiction is a part of being human, right?

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There is the gun control where only government agents, government sanctioned agents, and of course criminals can have guns. Not innocent civilians.

Then there is the kind of gun control where you hit what you aim at. Not random stuff and random people.

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Then there is the kind of gun control where you hit what you aim at. Not random stuff and random people.

Like hitting your wife because you meant it, instead of the poor cat, right? ;-)
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Fair enough. I think most people would love to live in a world where guns didn't exist.

My simple stance on guns is this: In a world full of tyrants controlling armed mindless armies. And in a world full of criminals armed to the teeth regardless of gun law. And in a world full of uncertainty around every corner that could be armed.....

Given the choice, I'd rather be one of the dudes with a gun, than not.

But, I respect those that wish to fight all of the above with pacifism too.

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Suppose we went back to a world with no guns.

Then we would go back to a world dominated by people with the best swords. Or the biggest guys with clubs. Or just the biggest guys.

How would that be better for the small people? The ones who cannot fight the big guys, and can't even run away?

I prefer to live in a world where people are able to defend themselves. It lowers the murder rate.

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Well, it's interestin to note that, in the famous Columbine shootout, the murderers were kids who were constantly bullied by bigger students. As you put it, they weren't able to defend themselves, so instead of learning how to box they realized the solution to get the upper hand against the pople they perceived as the culprits of teir angs, was acquiring a fire arm.

You have to admit that, even if you are an advocate of the right to own a gun, the current regulations and screening processes of people who go to a gun store leaves much to be desired. How can a mentally unstable person be able to acquire a fire arm so easily in America?

Own one pistol to defend your home? sure. Own a collection of semi-automatics, magnums and high-caliber rifles that you proudly display in a cabinet at your living room? That's kind of over-reacting, isn't it?

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Ok, let's clear up some misconceptions.

The classic (and best) weapon for grandma to defend herself, in a large house, is not a pistol. It is a shotgun. Grandma can't aim too good, with the bad eyes and shaky hands, so a shotgun is the best solution. Even grandma can't miss, and the knock-down effect is maximized. So that is the best thing for home defense.

As for the recent Columbine-style events, here are some thoughts.

First, these are not "shootouts". A shootout involves someone shooting back.

Second, other events like this have happened in places where guns are not readily available. Try buying a gun in Germany.

Third, guns have been much more available in the past than now. Gun laws are more strict than 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, I think pretty much anywhere.

Ok, fourth, there are better guns today than in the past.

But I don't think that anything gun related explains these school shooting events. There is something else. I am not sure what it is.

The personal problems, bullies with a bad attitude, just having fun because they are bigger, that has been with us for all of humanity and longer. Guns have been here for a few hundred years. But just recently we had this revenge factor, that leads to some people shooting non-participants.

I say that this has nothing to do with guns. I say it has to do with extreme frustration, or something like that. Some factors in how we live now.

If we don't find out what those factors are, we can't fix it. Gun control won't help. You can kill lots of people with home made explosives. Or poison them in the cafeteria. Should we stop chemistry class?

So no, guns are not the problem. Taking away guns is not the solution.

Too many angry people, that is the problem. Perhaps too many bullies, making more people angry, that could be part of the problem too.

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Very good points thee earthling.

I think you are right, the best solution would be to find a wa to erradicate anger —although not in a Kubrickian kind of approach, mind you— and teach kids how to deal with frustration.

But until that happens, making guns more difficult to attain would be a short term solution.

Another problem for the easy availability of guns that you fail to adress is that drug cartels in Mexico prefer to cross the border and buy their weapons in the US. So the gun laws of the US affect its neighbours indirectly.

We could argue that trafficking and gun control are two separate problems emanating from different cause, which is true, but that doesn't deny the fact that for a "narco" it's very easy to buy all the fire power he wants in America, and they end up better armed than the mexican army.

I remember reading the comment of the owner of the gun store that sold the pistol to that corean kid who killed lots of students a year ago. His solution to this killings was that "everybody should go armed to school". I was baffled. t would be like studying at the O.K. Corral University or something.

PS: And I don't think that Granny, with her bad eye-sight and arthritis,should be handling guns anyway. There should be other methods to defend herself. Maybe a really noisy alarm which shouldn't bother her much case she's almost deaf anyway :-)

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I think the question to ask is not why grandma should have a shotgun to defend herself. It should be, why she should not be allowed to defend herself, any way she sees fit.

I don't know to what extent guns bought legally in the US contribute to crime in Mexico. I suspect that the large market for drugs in the US contributes to crime involved in drug transportation in Mexico. They money is addictive.

I have a heory why people in Texas bars are so friendly - you never know who carries a gun :)

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It is a sad reflection on today's society that people, all too often, have the need to defend themselves at all in any way.

Taking the guns off honest citizens in Oz still left guns in the hands of criminals, and those who didn't have any have simply resorted to using knives or cricket bats instead. Violence against others has simply become violence perpetrated in a different way.

In many instances, defending yourself only leads to charges of assault against the defender by the offender, so you can't win anyway.

Instead of restricting the ownership of guns, knives or whatever, I feel it would be more to the point if it could be ascertained why people wish to use them against others.

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I have a theory why people in Texas bars are so friendly - you never know who carries a gun :)

But isn't it that a WWIII mentality?: If everybody has nukes, then everybody is safe from nuclear war?

Another thing occurred to me the other day: If you think about it, car accidents claim way more lives than gun incidents, but you still have to renew your license periodically to see if you are still fit to drive. Do they do the same with guns? I'm not sure

I only wish they could come up with truly effective denseive mechanism that are non-lethal, that's all.
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