I have talked a fair amount recently about ‘truth’ and how it seems to be challenged in the era of alternative facts. This whole area is becoming more weird as each day passes.
In the 1980’s, America had an average actor who managed to get elected twice to the White House because he could read a script off a teleprompter better than anyone in America. Now, the U.S. has a wealthy guy with the attention span of a gnat who has never gotten over hosting reality television. Thursday morning at a prayer breakfast, while concern was mounting over a renewal of Russian threats in Ukraine, the President couldn’t resist taking a shot as his successor on The Apprentice, another actor who tried playing Governor of California for a while.
It strikes me that we really need at a time like this is Gregory Peck. Leaving aside The Boys From Brazil where he played a Nazi, was there ever a movie star who portrayed integrity and fairness better than Greg? He died almost 14 years ago at the age of 87, but his face and voice will live forever as Atticus Finch and more than 50 other noble characters that he played during a career that spanned more than half a century.
What if a young and vital Gregory Peck could be packaged up and sold as a candidate for President in 2020? If I were an American, I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for him, especially if I could cast a ballot on my smartphone, or whatever the technology of the moment will be four years from now.
If you don’t believe any of this is possible, check out Rogue One, the Star Wars movie that hit theatres before Christmas. There’s a well-known British actor named Peter Cushing on the screen. I’m betting that more than half the audience has no idea that Peter, bless him, died in 1994.
If you don’t believe that truth may be disappearing in this world, why not join my effort to elect Gregory Peck next time. Would it not be an improvement, even if he were just a hologram?
I’m Roger Currie