The above 1943 Donald Duck cartoon, The Spirit of ’43, was funded by the Department of the Treasury in 1943. Prior to World War II very few Americans paid any income tax and there was no withholding. With the increased taxes to pay for World War II, most full time non-agricultural American workers were going to be paying income tax and few were saving to pay the tax bill when it came due. (more…)
“They can’t make that (Blazing Saddles) movie today because everybody’s so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word,” says Brooks. “You’ve got to really examine these things and see what’s right and what’s wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom of thought. I’m so lucky that they weren’t so strong then and that the people that let things happen on the screen weren’t so powerful then. I was very lucky.”
Mel Brooks, 2014
(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the culture mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it)
To back up the words of Mr. Brooks:
Olney Theatre’s production of Mel Brooks’s 2001 musical The Producers only has three more performances, but it’s not going to close without a bit of manufactured controversy. Audience members at Montgomery County playhouse are going to have to walk past a small coterie protesting the show’s play-within-the-play, because, the demonstrators say, it makes light of Adolf Hitler and the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany.
“I understand the intent is satire,” says Jeffrey Imm, who is organizing the demonstration through his anti-discrimination group, Responsible for Equality And Liberty. “This is the point of morality: some things we have to recognize as absolute evil. When 6 million people are murdered, we don’t view it with knee-slapping, we view it with reverence.”
Go here to read the rest. Mr. Imm’s group is completely wrong-headed. Too often Hitler, murderous little jumped up thug, is elevated into being some sort of grand demonic personification of evil. This is precisely the wrong way to remember the psychopath and the movement he led. Far better to make him into a clownish figure and condemn him throughout history with laughter and ridicule. (more…)