While being interviewed in Europe, James Cromwell, aka Farmer Hoggett in Babe and Jack Bauer’s father on 24, started going off on America.
In an interview with the Times of London, Cromwell said
“I can’t handle living in the United States of America when I know the last two elections were rigged, and that we were denied our right to vote, where we live in a country where 32 percent of the people vote and even those people’s votes don’t count, and the people who should really have a stake, kids, don’t have any say at all – people of color, very little to say, unions, practically nothing any more … we’re losing our jobs. …”
Where does this twaddle duck get off with this? “We were denied our right to vote” ? ?
Excuse me, sir, but how were you denied your right to vote? And who is “we” ? ?
“32 percent of the people vote” and their “votes don’t count” ?
Mr. Cromwell, I don’t recall seeing any mass of people preventing the other lazy, ignorant, and/or apathetic 68% from heading down to their friendly local ballot box.
Their votes don’t count? HOW? If you’re implying the process of the electoral college, we ARE a constitutional republic, not a democracy, Mr. Cromwell. The electoral college, as you are well aware, was set up to protect smaller states from being run over by the larger states. If this slips you’re mind, perhaps you’ve forgotten it and need a refresher course.
“…the people who should really have a stake, kids, don’t have any say at all…”
Again, Mr. Cromwell, this makes no sense. KIDS don’t have a say? I’m sure you’re aware that 18 year olds can vote. And I’m having a hard time believing that you think a 16-year old or a 14-year old or a 12-year old (who knows where you definition of “kid” begins and ends) will understand the consequences of electing one person over another. The only issues they understand are music, clothes, text messaging, and the opposite sex.
Could you have make an intelligent voting choice at 16, Mr. Cromwell? Does ANYONE sincerely think that? Or would it be fair to say that such a vote would be influenced by hormones or peer pressure?
I could go on analyzing your “position,” but I want to get to my main observation. I saved the best for last.
When you were asked in this interview why, if you feel this way, that you participate in a show that defends American values, your answer was most curious. You said:
“I am on the horns of a dilemma – I can walk away if I think it’s really bad. It’s hard to explain. It’s a job.”
The dilemma is that you love all the money you get being in that series, but you hate what the work stands for. It’s like being a prostitute, Mr. Cromwell. That’s what’s hard to explain. “It’s a job”?? You’re selling your values for money.
Picture yourself trying to talk a prostitute out of that lifestyle, and she responds, “I can walk away if I think it’s really bad. It’s hard to explain. It’s a job.”
It’s really not hard to explain, Mr. Cromwell – you’re simply a whore.