It’s not Penance, It’s Power!

by Datechguy | January 10th, 2013

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It's not Penance, It's Power!

“The Empire grew quickly, nobody likes to have their planet blow up beneath them.”

DC Comics Presents 36 1981

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse

The God­fa­ther 1972

Yes­ter­day Vic­tor Davis Han­son wrote a bit about lib­er­al­ism do as I say lib­er­als, men­tion­ing Hollywood

The pub­lic won­ders why Hol­ly­wood is so lib­eral — is it the Bohemian cul­ture sur­round­ing the arts? The nat­ural cre­ative tem­pera­ment of actors? The Lotus-​land surf and sun of the southern-​California beach milieu? Per­haps. But penance plays a role as well. For the over­paid and pam­pered Hol­ly­wood movie star, call­ing for rais­ing taxes, ban­ning guns, end­ing global warm­ing, and legal­iz­ing gay mar­riage means never hav­ing to feel too bad about liv­ing on the beach and mak­ing, under our cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem, more money in a month than do many Amer­i­cans in a lifetime.

His point is well taken but this is the car­rot that he’s talk­ing about, he is ignor­ing the stick.

It is the stick that makes all the difference.

It is the stick that says, if you don’t give lip ser­vice to the lib­eral cause you won’t get that first job.

It is the stick that says if you are pub­licly con­ser­v­a­tive you won’t be con­sid­ered for that guest role.

It is the stick that says if you are out cam­paign­ing for con­ser­v­a­tives you won’t get that series.

It is the stick that says if you aren’t push­ing our causes will will not get the face time on the talk shows, you will not be sit­ting on the late night shows and you will not find your­self passed over in a mil­lion dif­fer­ent ways.

The pat­tern is not unique to Hol­ly­wood. I’m sure many Demo­c­rat pols who were brought up good Catholics were asked kindly to be silent on their city coun­cils and select­man posi­tions on cer­tain issues out of party loy­alty, but when they decided they wanted to advance beyond that coun­sel seat or that select­man posi­tion they are shown the stick and if they don’t give in, they don’t advance.

Never for­get while the car­rot is a moti­va­tor it is the stick that really makes the difference.

“The Empire grew quickly, nobody likes to have their planet blow up beneath them.”

DC Comics Presents 36 1981

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse

The Godfather 1972

Yesterday Victor Davis Hanson wrote a bit about liberalism do as I say liberals, mentioning Hollywood

The public wonders why Hollywood is so liberal — is it the Bohemian culture surrounding the arts? The natural creative temperament of actors? The Lotus-land surf and sun of the southern-California beach milieu? Perhaps. But penance plays a role as well. For the overpaid and pampered Hollywood movie star, calling for raising taxes, banning guns, ending global warming, and legalizing gay marriage means never having to feel too bad about living on the beach and making, under our capitalist system, more money in a month than do many Americans in a lifetime.

His point is well taken but this is the carrot that he’s talking about, he is ignoring the stick.

It is the stick that makes all the difference.

It is the stick that says, if you don’t give lip service to the liberal cause you won’t get that first job.

It is the stick that says if you are publicly conservative you won’t be considered for that guest role.

It is the stick that says if you are out campaigning for conservatives you won’t get that series.

It is the stick that says if you aren’t pushing our causes will will not get the face time on the talk shows, you will not be sitting on the late night shows and you will not find yourself passed over in a million different ways.

The pattern is not unique to Hollywood. I’m sure many Democrat pols who were brought up good Catholics were asked kindly to be silent on their city councils and selectman positions on certain issues out of party loyalty, but when they decided they wanted to advance beyond that counsel seat or that selectman position they are shown the stick and if they don’t give in, they don’t advance.

Never forget while the carrot is a motivator it is the stick that really makes the difference.

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