I’m 35 minutes into the movie Deepwater Horizon on DVD.
Here are some lines spoken by the character of a lead engineer played by Mark Wahlberg speaking to the company executive who’s pressuring the rig workers to proceed with the next phase of the work faster than they feel comfortable with.
“I think you all tryin’ to run out of fuel as the wheels touch down.
Runnin’ out a gasoline as the plane lands is not smart.
It’s flawed thinking.
It’s hope as a tactic.
Hope ain’t a tactic.”
Dang. Tru dat.
Liberalism is hope as a tactic.
That’s the difference between left and right.
Hope as a tactic vs facing reality head on.
Dreaming about things that never were and asking why not vs dealing with what actually exists in the real world.
The reason those things never were is because that’s not the way the world actually works.
I like what Mark Wahlberg is doing with his movies.
He’s depicting everyday people just doing their jobs.
Finding themselves in difficult situations.
Continuing to do their jobs.
And ending up being the real heroes.
There’s dignity, even heroism, in just doing your job.
You know who those people are?
They’re the inhabitants of flyover country. The “red state wasteland” that is looked down upon with revulsion by the coastal bubbles; by the 78% in NYC who voted for Hillary.
They’re the cops, the roughnecks, the soldiers.
They are, in fact, the true strength of America. Its spine.
They’re Trump voters.
All this talk about nationalism and populism and authoritarianism completely misses what’s going on right in front of us.
It passes right over the head of basic humanity and human spirit to latch onto academic theory and self-congratulatory intellectualism.
It’s why Hillary lost.
It’s why, if the left keeps it up, Republicans will have 8 years, if not more, in the White House.