By Abraham H. Miller Originally published in Hollywood in Toto
“American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, is not just a movie; it is an awakening of integrative symbols vital to our existence as a nation state. Indeed, every nation state needs heroes, people whose lives symbolize a desire to ask, as President John F. Kennedy put it, what they can do for their country.
Of course, the political left hates it. It challenges everything they have done to unravel this country: a multiculturalism that holds this culture on a par with all others; an immigration policy that will change the political and economic foundations of the society; and a manufactured disrespect of institutions, like the military, that are critical to the nation’s existence.
“American Sniper’s” smashing box office success is a challenge to the left’s agenda. As Americans vote with their pocketbooks, continue to stand and sometimes to applaud as the credits roll on, a statement is being made.