Sunday, June 05, 2005

Cinderella Man Delivers Uplifting Message

I normally don't write movie reviews here, but I saw Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger yesterday and I just have to say that I highly recommend this film.

I am not going to tell you much about the movie itself, but I will tell you three distinct things about it:

1. It is not just another boxing movie

2. It's an outstanding personal story of James J. Braddock.

3. It depicts how life was lived during the Depression.

As always, you have to credit Director Ron Howard. Kudos also go to the cast for their acting performances. But the story itself, is great and well worth the price of admission.

Keep in mind that, the unemployment rate in this country was 25%, back then. People lost everything, many were reduced to squalor compared to what they were used to. And, watching this movie made me think of how irritated I became, when the Dems used jobslessness and poverty, as a pillar of their failed campaign. I mean think about it, twenty-five percent, as opposed to five? That is nowhere near the magnitude of the Great Depression.

Then, most of those severely affected were at one time hard-working and productive workers. They just fell on hard times and most did not have a choice.

Today, of the five percent (or so) that are unemployed, there is a certain percentage that can't work or have not been able to replace the job they had, with a new one. They would work, if they could. And they will. They will look hard and find one. That's the way they are, you cannot keep them down for long. They didn't have a choice about what got them there, but they are choosing to not wallow in self-pity and are choosing to do something about it.

But with that, there is also a certain percentage that does not want to work, and they don't. They won't and they make up every excuse imaginable, find every loop hole possible, to keep from it. It's their "back" or they are "depressed", or whatever. They do have a choice and they are choosing to lay around and whine about not getting enough assistance, while the government takes hard workers' hard earned money (by force) and pays them to sit on their lazy derrieres.

You can credit Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society sales campaign, for raising a generation of government dependent people. This was nothing more than a calculated effort by LBJ and the Dems of that time, to buy votes. Keep the poor, poor and the dependent, dependent. And then when election time rolls around, they'll vote for you. And while you are at it, make more people poor, so future generations will vote Democratic too. Do that by attacking wealth, instead of poverty.

Anyway, go see the movie. You will not regret it. It is a feel good movie that will uplift you and motivate you, if you choose to let it.

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