Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

Tom Gilroy, Indie Actor-Director, Slams Bush Cabal in Blog

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik November 6, 2005 at 8:15AM

Tom Gilroy, Indie Actor-Director, Slams Bush Cabal in Blog
2

Try as best I can to keep these missives tied to the film industry, a recent blog from Tom Gilroy, actor, director and writer ("Spring Forward") on The Huffington Post titled "White House in Chaos' & Other Utter Horseshit" has fueled a fire inside me, and judging from the comments on his post, has also struck a chord in a lot of other people, as well.

Gilroy eloquently and angrily blasts the prevailing mainstream media notion that the Bush Administration, after several setbacks, is somehow in trouble. "The problem with these snappy doomsday pronouncements—collective wishes really—is that they bear no relationship to reality," Gilroy writes. "You really have to wonder what kind of bloated house-bound moron could think slumping polls and plummeting approval ratings would worry a gang of fanatics who stole two elections in a row, invaded a country they knew couldn’t defend itself, and gave a male hustler White House security clearance."

Gilroy takes note of several Administration moves, post-"Plamegate," that show just how little any of the so-called crises have affected the Bush/Cheney gang's bid to steal your money and legalize torture.

Watching the protests in Latin America and France over the weekend, I'm starting to think these sorts of actions are really what it's coming down to: violent protest may be the only way to gain these criminals' attention. Where is the public outrage at the recent news of America's network of secret prisons -- called "black sites" -- where suspected -- I repeat suspected -- terrorists are held indefinitely without due process, and in no uncertain terms, are being brutally tortured by the agents of the great U.S. of A.?

Gilroy seems to have given up hope. His blog shows frustration and fury over what seems like a hopeless cause. And I share this frustration. Creature comforts have made Americans complacent. Why rock the boat, when we can still go down to the corner and get our Starbucks and return home to television sitcoms, our lives fundamentally unchanged by the immoral acts committed by our countrymen? Why risk going to prison, because we have so much to live for back in our Brookyn studio apartments or our small Silverlake cottages? Well, guess what, it's all in jeopardy. For no other reason than our own selfish, materialistic needs, we have to fight back. Because the way the G.O.P. is gutting domestic policies like healthcare, destroying the environment and fueling anti-American sentiment around the world, the U.S. and our nice, comfy lives are being threatened bigtime.

What's it going to take, people? Gilroy and I can blog to the end of time, but there's a major blowback on the horizon and if we all don't take to the streets and demand moral action (an end to torture, an end to corporate givebacks, an end to Israel's occuptation of the Palestinian territories, an end to unilateral force and a call for a multi-national, Arab-led peacekeeping force in Iraq), it's all going to shit.

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Abdul Majid: President Nasheed is our only hope for democracy in my country. This country cannot go forward with him in jail. Please help secure his…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 7:46am

By imran: As a maldivian myself I call upon the international community to fight against the fabricated accusations Against president nasheed.the real…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 5:12am

By Ahmed Aslam: I support president Nasheed! He has been jailed and tortured several times over the last 25 years fighting for democracy and human rights

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 4:38am

By Ahmed Iyaz: President Mohamed Nasheed is the only President who gave Maldivians freedom of expression. I'm totally against of unlawful arrest of him and…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 3:58am

By Eugene Jarecki: I lend my voice passionately to this cause. It is of the utmost importance.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 3:03am

By Ahmed: Former President Nasheeds regime was a disaster to Maldives. A real dictator. Forcefuly arrested the Chief Judge at midnight while sleeping…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 2:06am

By Mohamed Salih Hassan: Former President Mohamed Nasheed should get fair trial. Call current govt of Maldives to hear majority of people's voice.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 2:01am

By Mohamed Shareef: my Dear HEP Yamin. Please Release Ex- HEP Mohamed Nasheed from Custody, Because PG& You create & Make This case Against him He…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:27pm

By Umar Fairooz: From the very beginning President Nasheed's court case appears to be one of farcical in nature, too many gloomy, shady happenings behind clos…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:21pm

By Eena Naseem: Calling for the release of my President Mohamed Nasheed, calling the current govt. of Maldives to hear the majority's voice.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:17pm