Jeff Daniels and the Arrogance of the Left

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By L. Brent Bozell III

The actor Jeff Daniels is now the toast of Broadway for his leading role in the Southern civil rights tale “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted for the stage by leftist screed-writer Aaron Sorkin. Harper Lee’s book has been recalibrated for the Trump era. Time magazine explains it’s allegedly less about racism than about white liberals and black people assembled against a resentful Southern power structure.

Daniels imagines the tale differently. He told Time that Attorney General William Barr’s press conference on the Mueller report is somehow “exactly” what the play is about now. “It’s about, where’s goodness and decency? It’s respect and honesty and truthfulness and ‘do unto others.’ Where is that? I didn’t see it this morning. I haven’t seen it for two years.”


In this play, the lawyer/hero Atticus Finch "gets into a physical tussle with a redneck, to cheers from the audience. Daniels sees the hunger every night." The hunger for violence? No, apparently the hunger for morality. "Remind us what's right again? What is ethical? Remind us what is honest, remind us what decency looks like, remind us what compassion looks like."

It's a little rich when the Hollywood left casts itself as the guardian of decency and respect and honesty. They all lined up with Bill Clinton in 1998, and nobody in their company rewrote a literary classic to lecture him on ethics, honesty and decency.

On May 20, Daniels brought his lecture to MSNBC's "Deadline: White House." In the play, "we pin the ears back of basically white America." Host Nicolle Wallace declared she's a big fan, saying she was "sobbing in the fourth row." Daniels talked about how Sorkin describes the values of Trump supporters. If you voted for him, this is you: "A mob acts on emotion absent facts, absent respect for others — absent contemplation and mostly absent responsibility."

Daniels sees that ugly mob at Trump's rallies. "That's when I see the lies spewing at these people and people going, 'I got to believe in something and he said he'd bring my manufacturing job back and she didn't, and I'm all in.' But at the end of the day, aside from, 'yeah, I don't want to pay taxes,' it's race. It's race."

They think Trump won by appealing to a mob of racists. Leftists believe they have the superpower to read every Trump voter's mind and soul. They can imagine that Trump voters wanted lower taxes, but they can't imagine Trump voters wanted a more muscular foreign policy and trade policy, or fewer abortions. Or that they were concerned about federal mandates spreading transgender insanity into every school.

And maybe they resented Manhattan and Hollywood elites telling them they better vote the "right way" or they'll be trashed as villainous racists.

Time magazine gushed that Daniels still plays guitar and writes his own songs, including one called "Hard to Hear the Angels Sing." He wrote it after reading a Kathleen Parker column in The Washington Post in November 2016, "lamenting a public sphere where people talk past one another."

What? Who is a better representative of people who "talk past one another" than an intolerant leftist who has no respect for the conservative "mob"? In her column, Parker lamented how people no longer listen to "a limited number of trusted news sources, which provided a basis for what we referred to as 'common knowledge.'" That's the old media.

The "mob" is listening instead to Fox News or Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin. She literally compares conservatives to insects. "Deafened by the dizzying din, it's hard to hear the angels sing." The arrogance of the left knows no bounds.

23 thoughts on “Jeff Daniels and the Arrogance of the Left”

  1. Jeff Dumbbell you have seen more the last two years then you did the previous 8 years , your like your buddy Jim dumber ,and dumb!

    1. This from a second rate actor who lives in a pretend world in which he pretends to be someone of importance. He has no idea what is going on in the real world.

  2. I was a fan of his movies, although I was often bored by his plays in Chelsea mich. We in Michigan were proud of Jeff and his accomplishments and thought he was above all that leftist Hollywood garbage. But now I see as a supporter of our President that, in Jeff’s eyes, I am some crude, stupid, uninformed cretin. I bet our Rotary Group will have second thoughts about going to Chelsea again. I won’t be watching anymore of his movies. He should be ashamed of his portrayal of us.

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  4. The great actors aren’t afraid to go it alone… DeNiro used to be a favorite of mine. I’ll always watch his movies because he is a great actor, but a terrible judge of American values.. He thinks that because of his acting credentials people should just jump up on his back and follow him into the Fuck Trump Zone… Real people (even actors like Jeff) wade through the false bravado of the DeNiros and Chers and don’t feel like they have to assimilate to Hollywood’s middle ground of mediocre thoughts – or I’ll follow the leader because I know I’m not that bright to create my own thoughts and/or I don’t have time to look at the truth.. and I don’t care.. I’M A FAMOUS ACTOR…so Fuck all you little people.. who makes the determination that Trump doesn’t act presidential?
    is it Woopi Goldberg or Oprah? And Obama who was a total political embarrassment to the rest of the world and did nothing but destroy the image of America is the epitome of presidential excellence? Our country is being invaded from the southern border and Pelosi and Shumer are stone walling Trump for spite because their crooked candidate lost the election.. and they don’t like Trump..but they sure can keep up trying to find dirt on him instead of doing what they were elected to do.. FIND DIRT ON PELOSI- SHUMER- AND-JUST WAIT TILL THEY FIND OUT THAT OBAMA WAS A TREASONOUS PIECE OF SHIT AND WAS PROBABLY GIVEN CASH FROM THE IRANIANS OUT OF THE BIG PILE OF CASH HE GAVE THEM.

    1. I always wondered how much of that cash really got on the plane to Iran. What a scam! All cash and in unregistered bills. The deep state must have held one hell of a victory party.

  5. just another useful tool of anti-american socialist left (nazi=national socialist) nazis bragged about being able to use msm & hollywood of their day they were sooo easy all you had to do was play to their ego/they also had no respect for these self important yes men they were among the 1st to go

  6. It’s race? Is that why black man Barack Obama won twice, but white woman Hillary Clinton lost?

  7. The left is simply delusional and from the looks of it, politically and philosophically in bred. Their only options are to rewrite history, or in this case a novel, to verify their national viewpoint. Their elitism is on full display when they assume all Trump supporters are non-thinking idiots joining in a mob-think. Sorry Jeffrey, but that is precisely what the liberals are all about and are doing. Liberals can no longer free think or they will be shunned; no longer have a reasonable counter thought or they will be booed or shouted down. Look at all the political violence we see now, and it’s libs or leftists doing the attacking. No, Jeffrey, the libs like you are the mindless mob.

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