Robert Redford has been critical of the American government for a long time. That it itself doesn’t associate one with communism. However, Redford’s repeated espousal of blatantly communist themes, ideologies, and personalities, force the conclusion that, for all his American glory movies, his personality takes “independence” beyond the pale of patriotism, and into the vale of Communist tyranny.
Last year,, (January, 2004), Redford paid a visit to Cuba, to give a private viewing of his new Motocycle Diaries, a ‘documentary’ about Che Guevera, the Argentinian Communist revolutionary and Cuban guerilla. Ostensibly, the trip was to show the film to Guevera’s widow, son, and two daughters. (She had provided Redford with the diaries on which the film is based.) But seems Casto paid a personal visit to Redford in his Havana hotel. Castro and Guevera, of course, were comrads in arms in the late ’50’s. And Redford apparently went suba diving with Castro back in 1988. No biggie. Just friends. “Im very happy to be in Cuba,” Redford said, again.
The all-American Redford is ‘just friends’ with the most pugnacious, pestilential purpetrators of communist tyranny in the western hemphisphere, Fidel Castro. The all-American “Sundance Kid” likes to make ‘documentaries’ honoring the great communist revolutionaries of the western hemisphere.
Even closer to home, Redford is directing The Company You Keep, a story based on the novel by “Chomskian anarchist” Neil Gordon. The book involves the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a great anti-war movement of the ’60’s. The murderous Weathermen group sprang from the SDS in the ’70’s. Of course, Redford’s film is about an innocent man, caught up in volatile associations. Considering who Redford hangs out with, though, it is quite clear that he isn’t concerned about the company he keeps.
Redford has ironically made a number of “American apple pie” movies, such as The Horse Whisperer (1998), The Natural (1984), and of course, The Sundance Kid (1969). How “American” can you make a guy? We’ve already noted his famous ‘Indian-killer’ movie, Jeremiah Johnson (1972), which makes Redford a personal, individual hero, at the expense of Indians. He’s a lover of horses, a great baseball player, an economic individualist (i.e., outlaw), and an Indian fighter. How is it that he can create such publicly lauded American image, and yet work so feverishly for anti-American causees? It is as if he has used his “American” image to subtly, and even not-so-subtly advocate the most condemnatory posture toward the United States government.
In Redford’s version of patriotism, to be the true American means to be the anti-American. He who loves the trees more than the government is the true patriot. Preserving the environment is true patriotism, for Redford. A rather devilish usurpation of words and meaning here.
This is only more subtlety. It’s not a matter of preserving the environment at all. It’s a matter of who controls it. Redford seems like just a left-over ’60’s radical, copping that overgrown adolescent attitude of rebellion against authority. He may have a notion for the environment, but his political position is wholly anti-American. That should be obvious to anyone acquainted with his work. His protest is a power struggle. The environment issue is just a means to an end.
Redford vowed to move to Ireland if Bush was re-elected. Well, he changed his mind. “I’m not leaving just because of some barking dog on TV,” he said. Redford should definitely think about leaving, however. I suggest to North Korea. Let Redford see how his beloved Communism manages the environment there. He should take some extra rations along. The farms aren’t so productive these days.