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Scorsese Throws A Little Left-Wing Political Indoctrination Into “Shutter Island”

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Posted on April 11 2010 11:24 pm
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.
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I’m always behind the pop culture learning curve.  Last night my daughter and her fellow took me out to a nice dinner, then treated me to a movie – Martin Sorsese’s “Shutter Island”.  I’m still recovering from the shock – just took some over-the-counter medication a little while ago to ease the tension headache hangover.  It’s a very disturbing psycho-drama about a veteran U.S. Marshall (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who is dispatched alongside a partner (Mark Ruffalo) he’s never worked with to investigate the mysterious disappearance of one of the criminally insane inmates from the island’s asylum.

 I won’t reveal the surprise ending, in case you haven’t seen it.  However I will tell you that I could not help noticing a healthy injection of Leftist political indoctrination into the script.  At one point DiCaprio’s partner launches into an intense postulation that the villains who are running the asylum and engineering a horrific conspiracy replete with lobotomies, are connected to the remnants of the late 1940s to early 1950s House Un-American Activities Committe (HUAC).  The late Senator Joseph McCarthy, who tactlessly investigated numerous Soviet agents within the U.S. Government, immediately came to my memory.

 Here’s the trailer:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAZXtB80p1I

 Ann Coulter devoted a considerable portion of her book “Treason” to the work that the HUAC and McCarthy did, which included exposing numerous radical Leftists who were Hollywood heavy-weights.  Soviet agents were employed in the U.S. State Department and in the highest levels of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.  FDR had one at his side during the 1945 Yalta Conference – Alger Hiss – whom history has revealed as a top Soviet agent during and after WWII.

McCarthy, while not a personable man and rather bombastic (even my mother did not like his style) has been smeared relentlessly by the American Press Corps.  His name is used to this day as a pejorative, as in “McCarthyism”, to describe the irrational persecution of innocent people by deranged right-wing zealots.

 So, I once again found myself listening last night to some indoctrination by the Left during a major Hollywood smash hit movie.  I was sure to inform my daughter what Ruffo was ranting about during the movie as he slammed into the HUAC.  She smiled.  Kelly has become a pretty savvy conservative, despite her years of indoctrination in the public schools of Colorado.

 In the meantime, isn’t it ironic that we elected a Leftist who actually came out of the communist movement to be President of The United States?  I suppose Alger Hiss would like that.

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