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Han Shot First!

By the end of 2004, Hollywood had been having collective paroxysms over just about each of the preceding years' big events. “For activist and professional Democrats, the most ignominious day in their collective political lives” wasn’t 9/11, but an event that occurred in the previous year, Daniel Henninger wrote in the Wall Street Journal last September: the Florida presidential recount. “The 2000 election ended only when the Supreme Court resolved it in favor of George Bush. Republican and independent voters moved on, but many Democrats never did; they were now being governed by an illegitimate president.”

Add that to their freakouts over Iraq and the War on Terror, and President Bush winning reelection in 2004, and you had a movie industry that was now essentially making movies for themselves, rather than trying please the box office. And the audience -- or the lack there of -- knew it.

Which brings us to Bill Whittle's new video above: yes, Han shot first. And yes, he was absolutely right to do so. But as George Orwell once said:

Actually, however, the avoidance of reality is much the same everywhere, and has much the same consequences. The Russian people were taught for years that they were better off than everybody else, and propaganda posters showed Russian families sitting down to abundant meal while the proletariat of other countries starved in the gutter. Meanwhile the workers in the western countries were so much better off than those of the U.S.S.R. that non-contact between Soviet citizens and outsiders had to be a guiding principle of policy. Then, as a result of the war, millions of ordinary Russians penetrated far into Europe, and when they return home the original avoidance of reality will inevitably be paid for in frictions of various kinds. The Germans and the Japanese lost the war quite largely because their rulers were unable to see facts which were plain to any dispassionate eye.

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

And to add to what Bill reminds his viewers of near the end of his video, Lucas considers an ally of the Soviet Union to be the good guys in Star Wars, and America the baddies. Just ask him.