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Redford: All-American Commie

by David Yeagley · January 28, 2005 · 12 Comments ·

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.

Posted by David Yeagley · January 28, 2005 · 2:54 pm CT · ·

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  • 1 desertrat77 // Jan 28, 2005 at 3:38 pm   

    Doc, I read your articles for the day, (Redfords a Commie and the Eskimo one). Just out of curiousity, since we are calling people’s ideologies into question. I am just curious as to what you think of Ol’Hatchetface Ann Coulter. She seems to me to be devolvoving into some weird cross bewteen a John Bircher and some McCarthyist wingnut as she slides into irrellevence. Just curious, I know that it doesnt have much to do with the topic at hand, I was just wondering what your opinion was on a fellow Conservative commentator?

  • 2 Bodvar // Jan 28, 2005 at 5:58 pm   

    I’m sure that Redford’s quite comfortable in Cuba. He likes the ideology: the medical care is free (what there is of it), there’re an abundance of feel-good social programs (or, as many as an imploded economy can support), so he feels good. State-sponsored charity makes him feel good. State-mandated social levelling makes him feel good.

    Then again, he can leave when he goes there. He is able to leave any time he wants. He lives well when he’s there (scuba diving, for example). He then can go home to a plush home in Utah, and live plushily where’er he might go.

    Now, one might ask the folks who used to live comfortably in Cuba pre-Castro how THEY feel about “the Revolution”. Ask observant Catholics what they think. Better yet, ask non-conformists, those who would produce really independent films in Cuba (those which might criticize the regime or El Lider) what they think.

    It’s easy to be a socialist egalitarian when you’re well set up. It’s really easy to preach wealth distribution when you’ve already got nice digs, and it’s some poor working stiff — your “market” if you’re a film maker — who’ll end up paying the freight.

    Communism was ALWAYS cushy for the few, the connected, the glitterati, the nomenclatura. It sucks for the regular Jane and Joe.

    — B

    PS, Rat…Ann Coulter’s a babe…like the way she writes, too. Afflict the comfortable, I say.

    — B

  • 3 Joe Peden // Jan 30, 2005 at 10:17 am   

    Dr. Yeagley, the Iraqi election is going so dissappointingly well, I thought I’d better to get over here and discuss what Redfordman’s Sundancers find the real issue of our troubled Liberal-Communist lives:

    “But it was love, not war that triumphed in the top dramatic grand jury competition, when “Forty shades of Blue,” Ira Sachs’ steamy tale of a forbidden tug-of-love between a father, his Russian immigrant girlfriend and his son, won the top prize.

    “The film tells the story of famous music producer Alan James, played by Rip Torn, who lives happily with a Laura, a woman 10 years his junior, until his estranged son comes to visit and begins a torrid affair with Laura.”

    Does it not seem sophisticatedly nuanced, yet born of Clarity Itself, that Chief Redfordman arranged to have this statement as to how the sweet pangs and subtle conflicts of our enlightened awarenesses reveal themselves as The Issue of our nihilistic and solipsistic existential beings, at the same time that Evil itself works its devious goals by means of the Iraqi elections, a malevolent and nefarious display of ways of our true Infidel Enemy, the Forces of Free Thought?

    Oh, I would that the True Tissue of our Brown-Streaked Beings now be discussed!

  • 4 Joe Peden // Jan 30, 2005 at 10:58 am   

    And I make a most solemn vow: Hear me my Chiefs! From where the sun now sets, and apparently having been beset by a got-damn full-blown conversion reaction, I have become impelled to nuance no more forever, but will henceforth Sundance into the true light of being, whose bright path is shown by Chief Redfordman, The Illuminatum. For He has deigned to come amongst us!

    Pardon my French, but you must see my necessity.

  • 5 Sioux // Jan 30, 2005 at 12:06 pm   

    There is a tie-in to communist-sympathizer Redford, and Ann Coulter, our own female Joe McCarthy. She is truthful, accurate, patriotic, and hyper-abrasive, just like Joe. McCarthy was criticized for his bulldog tactics and his aggressive personality, but for the most part he was right about the people he went after. Soviet documents have confirmed that the highest levels of our gov’t and entertainment industry were awash with communists and c-sympathizers. The Soviets had no problem impressing the “rebels without a cause” like Redford, who lead a blessed life in America and slam it at every possible opportunity. How they are so blind to the truth about the evilness of Castro and Communism throughout the world is beyond me. That is where Redford is smarter than others of his ilk. He does sympathetic All-American movies to haul in the big bucks, all of which funds his high lifestyle and massive propaganda machine. At least when I was a kid in the ’50s and ’60s, we could still see some pro-America anti-Communist flicks (Manchurian Candidate comes to mind). NOw it is all about tearing down my country and portraying aberrent behavior as acceptable. I think it is way too early to celebrate the supposed downfall of Communism. They lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want. They pretend to be dead like a sunbathing rattlesnake. Meanwhile, we pour more billions into their failed land and gov’ts. and they plot their takeover of the remaining freeworld with the help of regular guys like Redford, Soros, and their dupe apologists in the Media and Govt.

  • 6 David Yeagley // Jan 30, 2005 at 4:47 pm   

    Gentlemen, my computer is still under repair, so I’m at the local university library. I found this info about the 2005 Sundance Institute awards:


    Dramatic Grand Jury Prize 40 Shades of Blue

    Documentary Grand Jury Prize Why We Fight

    World Dramatic Grand Jury Prize The Hero

    World Documentary Grand Jury Prize Shape of the Moon

    Dramatic Directing Prize
    The Squid and the Whale

    Documentary Directing Prize The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    Dramatic Cinematography Prize Hustle & Flow

    Documentary Cinematography Prize The Education of Shelby Knox

    Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
    The Squid and the Whale

    Special Documentary Jury Prize for Editing

    Special Jury Prize — Documentary After Innocence

    Special Dramatic Jury Prize for Acting Amy Adams for Junebug

    Lou Pucci for Thumbsucker

    Special Dramatic Jury Prize Me and You and Everyone We Know

    for Originality of Vision Brick

    Special Jury Prize — World Documentary Liberace of Baghdad


    Special Jury Prize — World Dramatic Forest for the Trees

    Live-In Maid

    Alfred P. Sloan Prize Grizzly Man

    Dramatic Audience Award Hustle & Flow

    Documentary Audience Award Murderball

    World Dramatic Audience Award Brothers

    World Documentary Audience Award Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire

    Shorts Award Jury Prizes American Winner: Family Portrait

    International Winner: Wasp

    Special Jury Recognition:

    Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

    Shorts Honorable Mentions: Tama Tu, Victoria Para Chino, One Weekend a Month, Ryan, Small Town Secrets

    This is a cut and paste. No time to correct. Library closing!!

  • 7 yeagleyisathivo // Jan 30, 2005 at 8:40 pm   

    your an idiot. can’t you think of other more productive things other than wasting your time spewing right wing propaganda. do you think redford gives a rats ass what you think?

    your seriously deluded dude.

  • 8 just pete // Jan 30, 2005 at 11:09 pm   

    Speaking to a Cuban makes one a communist? Criticizing the blatant fascism of traitors like Bush is somehow wrong? What a bunch of moronic drivel. Are you drinking when you write this shit? You don’t believe that environmentalism is right?


  • 9 Wendy Johnson // Jan 31, 2005 at 9:35 am   

    Good morning,

    Just so I can fully appreciate what’s being said here, having looked up everything else: what in the world is a Brown-Streaked Being? Sounds like a marbled human. Please, do tell.

  • 10 David Yeagley // Jan 31, 2005 at 11:49 am   

    JP, I found this comment on an earlier blog:
    “Conservatives are by definition not true patriots.”

    You and the pretender before you using my name, must understand: to make a point, you have to do more than just make a superficial contradiction. That’s called trolling. I don’t know where you post, but, if you haven’t found that out by now, let me inform you. Intelligence is about discussion, not contradiction. I see no evidence here that either of you are interested in discussion.

    I usually give people a chance. I’m not afraid of discussion.

  • 11 DAvid Yeagley // Jan 31, 2005 at 11:52 am   

    Environmentalism needs to be defined. If you mean preserving the environment, even THAT needs definition. Nature is a living entity, not some static political idea. Nature has to be managed, as long as man lives with it.

    Redford as his type I don’t think care so much about the environment as they do who controls it. Of course, I already said that. JP or YIAT, you haven’t shown the willingness or ability to discuss that.

  • 12 LAblaugrana // Feb 10, 2006 at 8:08 am   

    i stumbled across this site by mistake, so mr. yeagley if you have some kind of web counter subtract one, I certainly didn’t read your drivel on purpose. to claim that one ideology is anti-american is undemocratic and by extension anti-american. liberalism isn’t evil just because you don’t like it. grow up

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