Robert Redford and George Soros surely make one of the oddest couples in American pop culture. For most of us, Redford’s all-American good looks evoke images of the dashing outlaw Harry Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid. By contrast, Soros’ gaunt visage, thousand-yard stare, thick Central European accent, levitating gray hair and megalomaniacal pronouncements weirdly echo those of the “Dr. Strangelove” character in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War classic.
The differences between these two men are only skin deep, however. Both owe allegiance to the far left. And both work quietly, in a sinister partnership, to flood U.S. media with anti-American agit-prop in the tradition of Michael Moore.
Most of Redford’s fans know nothing of his radical politics. Redford has successfully appropriated some of America’s most beloved archetypes on the silver screen. Just as an earlier generation identified John Wayne with the manly spirit of the Wild West, baby boomers confuse Robert Redford with the American folk heroes he impersonated on celluloid, from the rugged frontiersman Jeremiah Johnson to the tough but good-hearted pistolero Harry Longabaugh.
But Redford is no John Wayne. The Duke loved America. Redford threatened to leave America for good if George W. Bush won the 2004 election.
Redford has been a major funder of leftwing filmmakers for decades. He provided seed money to help Michael Moore get started. His Sundance Institute, Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Cable Channel and Sundance Documentary Fund all specialize in promoting far-left films and programming.
That’s where the Soros connection comes in. On September 16, 2002, Robert Redford proudly announced at a press conference that he was launching a Sundance International Documentary Fund with $4.6 million in seed money from George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI). The new fund would underwrite films aimed at “promoting social justice and social change.”
Redford characterized his new relationship with OSI as a “partnership.” A press release from the Sundance Institute explains how the partnership works. It notes that “the OSI grant supports the transition of the Soros Documentary Fund, originally established in 1996, to the Sundance Institute …” In effect, the Soros Documentary Fund simply changed its name to the Sundance International Documentary Fund. Diane Weyermann, who had directed the “old” fund for Soros, stayed on to direct the “new” fund for Redford.
The deal helped both parties. Redford got access to Soros’ money. Soros got to camouflage his propaganda operation under the apple-pie image of Robert Redford and the respected Sundance label.
“With its… proven success in supporting projects that receive widespread public distribution and acclaim … Sundance Institute offers a compelling home and promising future for the [Soros Documentary] Fund,” commented Soros operative Diane Weyermann.
As a Comanche Indian and American patriot, George Soros’ appropriation of the Sundance label rubs a particularly raw wound in my soul. It’s that word “sundance” that irks me most.
Indian activists of the left have long made careers of attacking schools and professional sports teams for using Indian names, images and logos. However, Soros and Redford have received no such criticism, even though their project bears the name of the most sacred rite of the Lakota Sioux. Why the free pass?
The answer, of course, is that Soros and Redford are leftists. And so are most American Indian activists.
Take, for example, Ward Churchill, co-director of the American Indian Movement of Colorado and an associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado/Boulder. Churchill has written that the civilian victims of 9/11 were “little Eichmanns” – “technocrats of empire” – who got what they deserved. You will not hear such talk among real Indians on the reservations, most of whom are the staunchest patriots you’ll ever meet. But among the pampered, overpaid “tribe” of leftwing Indian academics, such crude America-bashing has earned Churchill a place of high honor.
These are the sort of leftwing Indians who pay homage to Soros and Redford. These are the Indian activists who gave them a free pass to use the name “Sundance.”
Just for the record, the outlaw Harry Longabaugh got his nickname “Sundance Kid” from Sundance, Wyoming – a town located in the sacred Black Hills. The town was named after the Lakota ritual.
So I must repeat: Why the free pass? Why do innocent high schools get sued for using the word “Warrior” on their school jerseys, while Soros and Redford flaunt the name “Sundance” with impunity?
Maybe it’s time to revoke that free pass. Maybe it’s time to give the left a taste of its own medicine.
Reprinted from FrontPage, February 7, 2005