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  •  I think that another one of Clancy's "failings" (16+ / 0-)

    if one could call it that when talking about his fiction, is the idea that despite all the nonsense we see on TV, our country is ultimately led by decent, righteous, honorable men and women who usually find a way to cut through the crap and do the right thing. I.e. there are all these unsung and unknown Jack and Jane Ryans out there, saving us from disaster and always doing the right thing, who only very rarely become known to us, e.g. The Man Called Petraeus.

    We are, after all, The United States of America, land of the virtuous and free. We stand tall and proud and always do right.

    Would that it were so. Surely even he didn't believe that. But dumber than doorknobs "GO USA!" fake patriots like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly do believe it, or want to believe it, and they, like Clancy, have millions of followers. Most are probably teabaggers, or sympathize with teabaggers, basing their views on very childish, simplistic and jingoistic views of the US and world.

    As escapist entertainment, Clancy was superb. As chronicler of reality, he was way out of his element, projecting an ideal view of government and the people who ran it that unfortunately fell far, far short of the truth. But a lot of people bought into this mythos, especially people on the right. Without it, it would have been much harder for Bush to take us to war. Bush, much like his father and Reagan, were Tom Clancy presidents, Righteous Leaders Who Do Right.

    As if.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 05:44:42 AM PDT

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