There is a compelling argument to be made though for why the message that is delivered in music, movies and more importantly by our news media is important to be aware of. Our school systems have done a terrible job of teaching people our history. If you took a fifth grade text book and asked some basic questions to most adults you would find most of them would have no clue what the answer is.
In the absence of real knowledge people's opinions on matters of history are largely shaped by snippets of song lyrics and what they see in movies. I bet the average person learned more about World War 2 from Saving Private Ryan than they did in all of high school.
If the vast majority of people in the entertainment field have a strong leftist, socialist bias they will create songs and movies about historical events in a distorted series of half truths. People like Che Guevara and Mao are transformed into heroic revolutionaries by the misguided and largely uneducated entertainers who have become the unwitting tools of the progressive elite.
On my way into work I saw a car with a Che likeness sticker next to the college parking permit and Obama/Biden bumper sticker. Together these three pictures say a lot.
Che Guevara was a communist revolutionary, who helped overthrow a U.S. puppet dictator in Cuba, and tried to do the same thing in Africa (the Congo) and South America (Bolivia) before he was eventually captured and murdered by the C.I.A.
Barack Obama is our new revolutionary president who has just seized control of the entire student loan industry, nationalizing it as part of the health care bill.
This student is probably a supporter of Che, Obama and his University even though he's probably clue less about the politics and history of any of them. Pop culture and an adoring media have told him that Che is cool and Obama is hope. I'm sure he has no clue about the brutal murderous rampages of Che and how the Cuban government he helped create outlawed the music and movies he loves. All he knows is the Carlos Santana always wears a Che T-Shirt and Jay Z sings about being like Che in one of his songs.
Here's a great example of why this matters:
Annoying as the Che adulation is, a recent comment by a 14-year-old on an online movie message board was truly disturbing: "I just saw The Motorcycle Diaries, which further made me question: Why is communism bad? . . . Young people are told how bad communism is, but we are not told why. . . . The Motorcycle Diaries showed me how Ernesto Guevara wanted to help people. . . . But this did not explain why he was such a 'bad' person and apparently deserved to be murdered by the U.S."
Is this a legacy of dangerous ignorance that the makers of "Che" wish to continue? Might this teen be taught that the product of Guevara and Castro's "revolution" is a nation whose inhabitants still risk their lives to escape--and an estimated one-third die trying? A nation where neighbor spies on neighbor, where dissent lands one in the clink--or worse--and persecution is punishment for everything from religion to homosexuality?
For those who don't know why communism is bad let me sum it up for you. Communism always ends in mass starvation and bloodshed as resources become scarce and government control comes mainly from the barrel of a gun. Just open your browser and google Stalin and Mao and you will quickly learn why communism is bad.
Obama Heroes displayed on White House Christmas tree.
The result of the mass media's acceptance of communist revolutionaries as mainstream is those ideals have taken hold in our government.
an you imagine the media outrage that would have occurred had a Christmas ball with a Nazi symbol been put on the White House Christmas tree
when George W Bush was president?
The idea is almost unimaginable.
So why is it that the likeness of communist revolutionary who was responsible for the deaths of as many
as 70 million people found its way on to the Christmas tree of the Obama White House in 2009?
Chairman Mao seems to have a solid fan base in the Obama White house despite being one of the most brutal dictators in history.
What's nearly as sickening is another Christmas ball on that same tree showing Obama's face placed upon Mt.Rushmore.
None of the men carved into that mountain ever aspired to be worshipped the way our current leader does. After five years of
public service this man sees himself among the founders of our country despite the fact that more than half the country disapproves
of how he's doing his job. That type of arrogance will define his presidency although I doubt you will ever hear about any of this
watching CBS news or CNN.