Maybe the idea of Pre-Obama America never existed, just another myth created by an advertising agency trying to sell nostalgic paraphernalia at Cracker Barrel; A golden age fabricated in the mind of a Madison Avenue executive in an all-out-effort to maximize the exposure of some product, carefully marketed with a hint of Mayberry and a sly wink provided by the immensely likable Jimmy Stewart.
Michael Bay has long attempted to infuse into his films this particular slice of Americana pie, as exemplified with the idea of Pre-Obama America. The iconography noticeable in his films from Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Rock and even The Island, requires an astute viewer to understand that Bay has swallowed the idea of Pre-Obama America completely and exploited this imagery successfully.
Perhaps no finer scene of Bay’s reliance on Pre-Obama America in film can be found here. Made in 1998, Armageddon already looks incredibly outdated already considering the awesome demographic changes America has undergone since the film’s release.
No, these movies and stories must have an antecedent in truth and this idea that seems so distant did indeed exist. But like The Greatest Generation, Pre-Obama America is fading from memory and replaced with a more palatable notion, best described as Omar Thornton America.
Children born into the world in 2010 would scarcely believe Pre-Obama America ever was, even though so-called “period films” offer a glimpse into what that world was actually like.
In an attempt to find the one scene from a movie that perfectly encapsulates what Pre-Obama America was and will always represent, the ending of The Natural came to mind.
As an outreach to readers, we encourage you (thanks to the power of YouTube) to post in the comment section and include your favorite scene that helps summarize what exactly Pre-Obama America was for those who might lack the credulity to believe it ever existed.
The fact that this nation (POA) once existed is a thought so frightening to those in power: to think, a nation that once had jobs Americans would do instead of relying on importing a new underclass to perform jobs that the already existing underclass won’t do.
We’ll return to normal posts tomorrow, but we find inspiration in film. The Natural is a movie that appears frozen in time, a snapshot of what made Pre-Obama America such a wonderful place in which to live and an enduring of symbol of why that particular nation had to be demographically crushed through ethnic cleansing by attrition. White people abandoned California, just as Black people have been viciously pushed aside there in the early stages of a racial conflagration they have no chance of winning. Once a Little to Beaver city for Black people, Compton is now firmly in the hands of those that would have been barred from this nation by immigration reform.
SBPDL is of the opinion that those who comprise the fabled “Talented Tenth” also long for a return to days similar to what The Natural depicts for reasons that can be found in archives of this website.
We try to mix humor with some serious posts here and have failed at this recently. Understanding that sports don’t strike everyone as a worthy subject matter, we’ll get back to the bread and butter of SBPDL starting tomorrow.
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Conversely, if one scene can accurately embody Pre-Obama America, one scene from a film must beautifully summarize life in the nation we currently inhabit. The opening of Idiocracy fits that bill perfectly, though the adjective beautiful is one hardly found in the same discussion of the current affairs of the world.
Notice, though, that Idiocracy still relies on white people (a Disingenuous White Liberal couple and a Joe Six-Pack couple) to showcase the problems in reproduction. In reality, Black sports stars serve that role much better.
There can be no going back to the world that the characters of the film The Natural existed in, but the terrifying world of Idiocracy grows more apparent and inevitable each day.
Pre and Post Obama America on Display: The Natural vs. Idiocracy. Which do you choose?