So a little while back I unveiled the first ever Punching the Left Top Twelve Celebrity Liberal Countdown, and believe me, having to select and rank the cream of the self-obsessed Hollywood crop was no Martha Vineyard’s picnic. We’re talking a knock down, drag out battle among the nations’s finest millionaire malcontents and at times I wondered if true discernment between such far-left royalty was even possible?
However, after the carbon free smoke cleared and twelve through two found their proud places, the man standing on top of the ivory tower of tinsel town was the same
bullying brave soul I knew deep down would be there all along. The star of Beetlejuice, and Saturday Night Live’s best politically active friend, Alec Baldwin.
Now, I’m not totally sure when the next edition of the Top Twelve will be out, but it’s coming and in the meanwhile, thanks to Alec’s celebrity liberal supremacy, I now find myself thinking about something else concerning the bad boy of credit card endorsements. The enigma that is the Baldwin brothers. To be honest, at the time I created the rankings, I didn’t know much about the other Baldwin boys. William (the one who looks like a handsome kangaroo) had a pretty good run in the early to mid nineties with movies like Flatliners, Back Draft, and Sliver before tapering out of the limelight, Daniel (the huskiest Baldwin), was in a pretty decent direct to HBO movie called Phoenix (I think it was direct to HBO but I don’t really feel like looking it up) and I’ll just assume he did some other movies too, and then there’s the youngest Baldwin, Stephen, who although probably never made it beyond the “B” list, did star in the best movie out of any of the Baldwin brothers, The Usual Suspects, and strung together a number of goofy roles in goofy movies throughout the nineties and into the 2000s.
However, it’s not the movie careers of the brothers that interests me, its their general demeanor and politics, and in Stephen’s case when compared to biggest brother Alec, things get very interesting.
Genetics is an amazing thing. One of my best friends is a staunch conservative/libertarian and his sister is a complete off-the-rails liberal wacko (his words). Why do I mention this? Because after turning on Hannity one day to find Sean engaged in an anti-Obama conversation with -of all people- Stephen Baldwin, I discovered that the silliest of the brothers was, one, a really pleasant, earnest guy, and two, a political conservative.
To me this was like finding out Rocky and Ivan Drago were separated at birth. Punching the Left’s #1 ranked celebrity liberal has an outspoken conservative brother?! Impossible! Yet impossibly true.
There are two fascinating components to the Alec/Stephen dichatomy:
1) The DNA implications of what makes one conservative versus liberal
2) This is another shining example of how conservatives tend to be genuine, good natured, salt of the Earth types, while liberals are often…well…not so wonderful to be around.
Now, the neurological aspect of this alone deserves its own article. There have been studies showing the vast differences in how conservative and liberals view themselves and the world, linking a significantly higher rate of depression among liberals than conservative, and in the recent book by Dr. Lyle Rossiter, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, Rossiter paints a picture of the liberal psyche which can only be described as a very close parallel to Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
Sound like any current American president’s we know?
To say the least, genetic design plays a colossal part in human behavior, and in this case, the two brothers effectively symbolize the conservative versus liberal personality gap that can amazingly exist on opposite sides of the same sibling coin.
Alec is a bore and a blowhard. His juvenile escapades on Twitter, deranged obsession with Sean Hannity, and infamously imbecilic American Airlines temper tantrum, are just a few sparkling examples of a narcissistic, delusional mind at work. And yet, despite all this, Alec continues to enjoy a high level of success in acting as the star of NBC’s 30 Rock and lead roles in premier movies including the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit, Rock of Ages.
Tells you a lot about the industry.
By contrast, I’ve never once heard of Stephen -although he did suffer through substance abuse issues before reclaiming his life- acting out in the abusive way Alec does. Hannity speaks highly of him and every time I see or hear him now he always seems to be in a pretty cheery yet sincere mood. His acting career isn’t at nearly the level of his brother’s but in 2008 he put together a conservative talk radio show called Baldwin/McCullough *Live* which now airs on over 300 affiliates to an audience of about 3,000,000. And in addition, created the successful multi-media company XtreMEDIA which organized the conservative political event Xpac.
Now what’s interesting here is that while Alec has continued to provide us with useless liberal outbursts from the cocoon of the acting industry, Stephen has actually put something thoughtful and meaningful together in the real world. This leads to an overall self-awareness theme in the distinction between those on the Left and the Right. For all their planet saving rhetoric, indignant desire for “fairness and equality”, and hatred for the ‘most evil man in the history of the universe’, George W. Bush, liberals continuously fail to make any sort of constructive difference. Simply put, those who claim to care about everyone in actuality care about no one.
You see, liberals don’t discern between their imaginary altruism and reality. This is what allows Alec to behave the way he does. After all, when you believe you’re the most righteous man on the planet, why not demand society conform to your every infantile need?
To take this a couple of steps further and go from the micro Baldwinia example to a macro national example, all one has to do is glance over at the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd -or any of the other ‘Occupy’ get togethers- and then take a look at our very own Tea Party rallies to see the shocking difference in both behavior and appearance. With a rap sheet that reads about as long as Obama’s hundred rounds of golf, the OWS gang showed what kind of city wrecking degeneracy can be accomplished when you take thousands of unwashed, self-appointed people’s heroes and throw them together to shriek about something called the 1% for a few mocha latte, hate fueled days.
By comparison, the only thing Tea Partiers can be legitamately accused of is not doing anything that would allow the media to make them look like the monsters the Obama propagandists desperately wish they were. Thus, the lamestream has to revert back to writing and broadcasting their usual dark fantasies about those who don’t kneel at Obama’s alter-and that unfortunately takes a lot more work.
So, basic math:
But here’s the rub for the Left. As problematic as liberals are, the one good thing about their dim bulb perspective is that they have no idea how much trouble their beloved ruler is in. Like angry Alec, their mental wiring blocks them from grasping the fact that their antics only make Democrats appear like the kind of drunken, belligerent neighbor who instantly compels you to put your house up for sale while making Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, look exactly like the guy you’d want living next door to you. A figurative reality which will become most tangible in the voting booths on November 6th.
And as for the tale of Alec and Stephen, well, I’d take Stephen moving to my street over his big brother any day.
Copyright 2012 Spencer Wolfe
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