Monday, March 16, 2009

RIP Ron Silver

As an example of what happens to conservatives in Hollyweird, Ron Silver lost work since 9/11 when he did a philosophical turnaround and supported President Bush and the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. Ron was a life-long liberal whose worldview was changed as a result of the attacks. He narrated the counter to the FatBastard's "Fahrenheit 911", "Fahrenhype 911", which systematically dismantled FatBastards arguments. He won an emmy for his portrayal of a Dimwitocrat strategist in the NBC hit "West Wing" and a Tony for his role in "Speed the Plow". He also played a great bad-guy in several movies such as

Ron died Sunday of esophogeal cancer at 62. Ron is a great example of what can happen to a mind that remains open to change based upon facts around him. When hit over the head by the attacks of 9/11, he came to the only conclusion someone with intellect can come to: That sometimes violence IS the way to ensure peace. It's not pretty, but it's reality.

Godspeed Ron, may the big-man enjoy your talents as much as we did.

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