Mel Gibson deserves better / A few good Bush Admin policies

1) According to Human Events and the Dallas Morning News (subscription required), several Hollywood studio heads have decided to "blacklist" Mel Gibson. Refusing to work with him for producing "Passion."

I hope this isn't true, even though I don't think people should be *forced* to work with anyone they don't want to. Many Hollywood executives continually invoke freedom of expression to defend their works. I'd hate to see them deny that same freedom to Mel. They don't have to bankroll his Bibical blockbuster, but they shouldn't avoid casting him in Lethal Weapon #whatever if he's the best guy for the job.

Aside from the loss of integrity resulting from "blacklist attempts", any efforts to keep Mel Gibson from working can only result in the portrayal of him as a martyr for the Faith.

2) Since I stand with Gandhi in believing that opponents should be commended when they pursue commendable policies, here are a few kudos for the Bush Administration:
a) Quick dispatch of troops to Haiti. At one point, I had believed that the President would fiddle while a country not even 600 miles away burnt to the ground. Instead, several thousand Marines have been dispatched and are currently patrolling Port-au-Prince. This seemingly has brought quiet to Haiti with the apparent disbanding of rebel groups. I hope this early promise continues.

b) Acceptance of 15,000 Hmong refugees. This morning NPR reported that the United States had agreed to "15,000 Hmong refugees who have been living illegally on the grounds of Wat Tham Krabok, a famous Buddhist temple in Thailand. The decision was prompted by a sense of obligation to the Hmong -- originally from Laos -- who fought alongside Americans during the Vietnam War."

From what I've read, the Hmong were somewhat the Kurds of the Vietnam War. People who fought bravely at our side, then largely abandoned when their usefulness came to an end. I'm glad to see that President Bush is addressing this injustice.

Thanks for putting up with the double journal entry.

Comments

Thanks

I appreciate your fair-mindedness in this journal entry. It is (dare I say) gentlemanly. For what it's worth, I am a conservative who doesn't support everything the Bush administration has done, and I hope I can acknowledge the good done by those with different political views from mine.

Please keep writing and posting. Perhaps both (all?) sides in the political debate here will learn from your fair-mindedness.

Hmong in the USA

"From what I've read, the Hmong were somewhat the Kurds of the Vietnam War. People who fought bravely at our side, then largely abandoned when their usefulness came to an end. I'm glad to see that President Bush is addressing this injustice."

I wasn't aware of this story and am glad you posted it. After the end of the war, many churches sponsored Hmong families, and eventually many moved to California. The WSJ carried an article a few weeks back about Hmong families relocating in Arkansas, I think, to lease and buy chicken farms. It has been reposted here apparently because the story is indicative of the drive and ambition of many immigrants, which could put many Americans here for generations to shame. It shows the adaptability of this group hasn't been lost over the last 35 years.

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