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Ron Howard: Happy Days are (almost) here again

By Doug Powers  •  April 11, 2009 02:35 PM

If you’re into military cuts and the Eurothenasia of America, it’s a good time to be alive. Just ask director Ron Howard — who’s happy with the direction America is headed, but thinks that we have to put the “progressive” pedal to the metal if we’re to reach Shangri-La by sundown.

From Real Time with Bill Maher via Newsbusters:

Film director Ron Howard is “very optimistic” about the future of America, so long as the nation makes an “adjustment,” to fulfill his hope a “more progressive” nation will mean “at a certain point I don’t think we’ll be so consumed with being the pre-eminent super-power and, you know, driven by sort of militarism and this need to export, you know, democracy.”

Howard’s reasoning, on Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, came in response to Maher’s formulation that America has “seen better days. We’re sort of in place that has made a lot of people nervous. Some people would say this country has jumped the shark.”

Is it too much to hope for that part of the “progressive adjustment” Howard envisions includes giving me some of his money?

Howard seems to be not only fooling himself but also threatening his own career (as do the majority of his Hollywood colleagues) with the assumption that a weaker America with a dramatically scaled-back military won’t have a negative effect on his “artistic freedom,” but I don’t expect Hollywood to catch on to this fact because they’re always so preoccupied with feverishly sawing off the same branch they’re sitting on.

What other kind of logic are we to expect from people who live their lives in a town that built its fortune on fiction? The whiffle-brainers in Hollywood will only appreciate the existence and necessity of a powerful U.S. military the day there are “progressive” Chinese tanks turning the Universal Studios lot into Tiananmen Square West. By then it might be too late to save Hollywood. And even if it isn’t, eh, whatever.

The problem with celluloid-dwelling liberals is that they come from a world where, if you make a mistake, you can just yell “cut” and keep doing re-takes until you get it right. In real life, there is no such luxury, which someday they may find out the hard way. Lucky for them, disaster flicks do great box office.

In closing, I thought it was particularly rude of Bill Maher to reference the term “jump the shark” right in front of the person who starred in the show that inserted the phrase into the American lexicon.

(Video of Howard’s appearance is here)

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