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GI Joe – Going International – More Hollywood Idiocy

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Lately, it has become increasingly unpopular for Americans to revel in the greatness of America.

What the heck is wrong in our country these days?

I grew up watching GI Joe on TV, playing with the toys, and celebrating with each make-believe battle that the US military was the one force in the world that was second-to-none, a sworn defender of the principles of the greatness of America.  And I knew that someday, that would be my destiny as well – perhaps not in the coolness that was GI Joe, but at least I’d be part of the greatest military on the face of the planet.

But something happened in the last couple years which is showcased in the launch of the latest GI Joe movie, designed to take 80’s phenomena, which, back then was a remake of a 60’s thing, and turn them into something new for this generation (because for some reason, there’s a general lack of creative storytelling coming out of Hollywood.

"Hollywood now proposes that in a new live-action movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line, Joe’s — well, "G.I." — identity needs to be replaced by membership in an "international force based in Brussels." The IGN Entertainment news site reports Paramount is considering replacing our "real American hero" with "Action Man," member of an "international operations team."

Paramount will simply turn Joe’s name into an acronym.

The show biz newspaper Variety reports: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer."

Somewhere along the line, GI Joe was no longer known as the Great American Hero that I remember,  Instead, they’ve become a global special operations force – an international one, as it were.  No longer is GI Joe’s mission to protect American interests specifically, but rather, it’s become one with the entire planet.  Heck, it’s not even based in America, but rather, in Brussels.  Sheesh, what the heck are these pinheads in Hollywood thinking?

Now this shift in dynamic can be taken one of two ways:

  1. Because America’s problems with terror are everyone’s problems, GI Joe now is the Real Terran Hero, out to destroy Cobra who seeks to wreak havoc all over the planet.  Because terror knows no boundary anymore, GI Joe is now part of the international peacekeeping initiatives that are supported by organizations like the UN.  But since groups like Amnesty International would grossly frown on assassin-like mercenaries going from country to country, taking out the world’s most dangerous adversaries, they do so in secret, pulling themselves off the grid, because we all know, wanton destruction of those that do evil simply isn’t as black and white as the Sunbow Productions features of GI Joe would depict.
  2. Because American interference in world affairs has become increasingly unpopular, regardless of who we opt to fight at the time, GI Joe’s presence as the best of the best of the best of the American military no longer of interest or glory to the rest of the world.  But because the American military can still rock any nation’s military, bar none, there is a great degree of awesomeness that just cannot be denied.  So, GI Joe no longer retains its American identity, but retains the awesomeness that made GI Joe the think the young boys idolized and the stuff of many make-believe secret missions into Old Man Johnson’s barn to steal Cobra’s secret plans.  In other words, its cool to be a kick-butt special forces operative, just not cool to be an American one.

Maybe I’m off of my hinges here, but I tend to think the issue is the latter.  Lately, it has become increasingly unpopular for Americans to revel in the greatness of America.  From the very founding of our nation, and the imaginations of being George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Abe Lincoln, the rise to superpower status as the result of the Spanish-American War, to the celebrated victors in two world wars, America’s fighting spirit has been unparalleled, even in less popular confrontations like Korea and Vietnam.  We got some of it back in Desert Storm, but lost it over the last few years by America’s continued mission in the Middle East.  Lately, it would seem that the more popular thing to do as of late is to put away Lee Greenwood’s timeless classic God Bless the USA.

It would seem that with the release of GI Joe – The Rise of Cobra, that Hollywood is no longer interested in American greatness as it once was.  I remember a number of movies that came out of Hollywood back in the 40’s and 50’s that told stories of American greatness.  Now a days, it’s becoming more and more popular to succumb to the liberal need to “get along with everyone in the world” and deny the very greatness that made GI Joe the thing that inspired our kids.  Instead of the pride instilled from being a soldier, sailor, marine or airman, now it’s only cool if you are a non-affiliated special operative, working for Planet Earth.  What a sham.

But I’m not yet ready to give up on my American heritage.  I’m not yet ready to give up speaking my mind, thumping my bible, or carrying my gun.  I’m not yet ready to lay down in sorrowful and silent obedience while I watch my country pull its own roots out to reinvent and reform America, as our President has said he wishes to do.  I like my country the way the Founding Fathers made it.  I’m not willing to give up on it, because I know as long as I don’t give up on America and those precious freedoms and promises of individual liberty from within the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, America will never give up on me. 

And the ones that keep that greatness alive are the real GI Joes – the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, of whom I am a brother in arms and remember that, no matter how many special effects are applied to Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow, they will never compare to the awesomeness of the lowly Private out on guard duty, the Army Specialist who gets torn asunder by a cowardly terrorist’s IED, the Marine Sergeant who refuses to leave a man behind, the Air Force Captain who flies sortie after sortie of UAV over the mountains of Afghanistan, or the Navy Skipper who commands his boat across pirate-infested waters to keep ship lanes open and safe.

God Bless our Military – and God Bless the USA.

(Oh, and Hollywood, you can keep your stupid sham of a liberal persuasion movie – because if you can’t understand what GI Joe was truly meant to represent, then it’s not worth the ten bucks to go see it)  I would rather watch Army Strong commercials for 120 minutes, listen to John Phillips Sousa, and remember what America truly is, not what you slime would have it be.)


Written by The Rabid Conservative

August 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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