By Shane Krauser
Hollywood is at it again, and producer Aaron Sorkin has utilized his talent and resources to bash America. More than that, conservatives are unknowingly engulfed in the rhetoric.
By now, we’ve all seen it. It is a video clip from the Newsroom, an HBO series where three individuals with varying political philosophies take the stage in a college auditorium. The clip has gone viral, and many have declared it “the most honest three and half minutes of television.” Sorry to break it you, but it was nothing of the sort.
In one memorable scene, one young college student rises to ask the question, “Why is America the greatest country in the world?” In typical Hollywood fashion, where it is understood that he who owns the media owns the culture, the liberal and conservative give shallow, rote answers like “freedom” and “diversity.” The moderate, framed as the voice of reason and voiced by the character Will McAvoy, comes out swinging. His words:
“There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports.”
After catching his breath, he unabashedly tells us that America leads the world in only three categories.
- The number of people who believe angels are real.
- The number of incarcerated individuals per capita.
- The amount of money allocated for national defense.
After his unmitigated rant, Sorkin ensures that the moderate voice offers the saving grace of saying that we used to be exceptional and we can certainly work towards that goal.
Sadly, many Americans have jumped on the bandwagon and have been fooled by Sorkin’s lies. To see what is going on is to understand the liberal’s rules of engagement and their agenda, and that agenda is certainly not the truth or encouraging a love for a country that has provided more prosperity, opportunity, and freedom than any other country in the history of the world.
In the midst of the lies spewed in this clip, Sorkin was able to move a narrative that is so important for the liberal contingent. It goes something like this: America used to be and could be exceptional, but it’s not right now. And because it’s not, you’re a fool for even suggesting it. If you believe America is unique now, you’re just an unintelligent “sorority girl” whom we hope doesn’t show up at the ballot box or a right-wing wacko who is irrelevant in the political discussion.
The fast-talking, rapid-fire engagement is straight from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, namely keep the pressure on, never let up, and don’t give the enemy a chance to breathe. Conservatives are slowly catching on, and it’s time to hit back.
So, what is so disingenuous about all of this? Well, first, it begins with Sorkin finding categories where America is substandard and then concluding that those are the only categories relevant to the analysis of exceptionalism.
Oddly enough, America ranks very high compared to the rest of the world even with the categories mentioned in the clip. But what about the categories where America leads the world – real categories that speak to its constitutional system of government that revolves around liberty?
You wouldn’t know it by listening to Hollywood, but America leads the world in several areas. Yes, that’s right. Sorkin lied when he produced an episode that mentioned that we only lead the world in three categories.
Let’s take a look.
Size of the economy – America has 5% of the world’s population but produces 25% of the world’s wealth. Our GDP sits at almost $18 trillion. Is this just coincidence or the product of a unique country built from scratch by founders who pledged everything to secure an idea?
Charitable contributions – In 2013, Americans gave more to charity through time and money than any other country. Why?
Quality of higher education – Using several calibrated indicators, eight of the top ten universities in the world are found right here in America. While Sorkin rips our educational system, he fails to mention what is going on in the realm of real scholarship.
Millionaires – America provides an environment that creates more millionaires than anywhere else in the world, most of whom did not inherit their wealth, but rather worked hard to earn it. Opportunity in the land of the free?
Contributions to scientific research – America produces more scientific citations than any other country, more than the next five countries combined. Why did Sorkin fail to mention that America leads the world in cutting-edge thinking in science? This is undeniably the place the world looks to.
Innovation – America consistently has more patents in force than any other country. Has anyone taken a look at Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution lately? We have a system in place that protects ideas.
Net migration – Last time I checked, people weren’t boarding boats off of the coast of Florida to leave this country in droves. Perhaps we ought to take a second look as to who is going where. Apparently, everyone but Americans recognizes her exceptionalism.
American exceptionalism speaks to the results that are produced by adherence and fidelity to the rule of law, freedom that revolves around her creed, and a people who seek to take advantage of her abundance. Sorkin would do well to begin speaking the truth, and conservatives are encouraged to wake up and counter the liberal agenda – aggressively. America has a message that needs to be heard desperately, and Hollywood insists on improvising on the edge of disaster.
Shane Krauser is a partner with the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, a radio talk show host in Arizona, the chief contributor at www.freedomfires.com, and a highly sought-after speaker throughout the United States.
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