5. Putney Swope
I had never heard of the bizarre Robert Downey, Sr. cult movie Putney Swope until 2010 when I read the following from DeWayne Wickham in USA Today: “Most black leaders, including Smiley, don’t expect Obama to behave like Putney Swope (the black character in a film by the same name who takes control of a white-run advertising agency and imposes his black agenda on the firm). They don’t want him to act like some fear a consciously black president might. They don’t expect loud pronouncements from Obama about what his administration is doing for blacks. But they also don’t want him to be insensitive to problems that have a disparate impact on black people.”
Suffice to say this 1969 movie wouldn’t get made in 2012, just like All in the Family would not. But the two remind us of how far we have come as a nation, or at least how far some of us think we have. It is vintage late 1960s, and is dated beyond description. Putney Swope is all about race – beginning to end. So if that isn’t your cup of tea, skip to #6, below.
In hindsight, Wickham forecast the disastrous economic carnage President Obama’s policies have unleashed on the minority community. Obama has created business and tax uncertainty that has devastated minority communities. Swope blew his shot, and so did the president. Beware: one should treasure the mood of the Mod Squad and the comedy of the Marx Brothers before popping this one in the DVD player.
If Obama loses the election, one reason will be because Catholics fought back against Obama’s attack on the free exercise of religion. All across America, Catholics have begun to receive packages in the mail with materials to hang in windows and on their cars calling for the defense of religious liberty. This has never happened before in this country. The Obama administration doesn’t understand what they are up against, what they have awakened by forcing religious institutions to violate their faith. But it is a story centuries old, and it usually ends the same way. The faithful refuse to submit. A century ago, leftists in Mexico attacked the Catholic Church. For Greater Glory is about how it is difficult and tricky to conquer the faithful. Even when the state thinks it has won, it sometimes hasn’t. It is about what the faithful will endure to oppose a government’s attack on religion.