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The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015

joemessinamug“American Sniper” is breaking box office records. Those who have seen the movie have great things to say about it. The realities of war and what these guys go through comes through loud and clear, except for a few Hollywood elitists.

The same groups of people who have no problem making movies glorifying hit men, prostitutes, mafia and “shoot ‘em up, bang-bang” movies seem to have a big problem with “American Sniper.” It just shows you how full of themselves they really are.

But the guy who really takes the cake in showing the hatred some people have for America is Ed Schultz. Ed believes that if you don’t think like he does as to what American patriotism is, then basically you’re a moron, because he is the all-knowing, all-seeing all – well, he’s god. At least in his own mind.

Where are these cowards – guys like Michael Moore, Seth Rogan and our buddy, Ed Schultz – when it comes to investigating what is truly taking place in the Middle East? Why aren’t they talking about the stories where, because of us, kids can play in streets again and businesses can actually operate safely and women can go to school again? Where were they when thousands of Christian kids were being slaughtered? When the Boko Haram crew took (and continues to take) kids from schools and sell them as slaves? We hear nothing from these cowards.


Ed Schultz

However, it’s easy for them to criticize our military. Our military won’t hunt you down and kill you for criticizing them.

Ed’s recent rant about how bad “American Sniper” was began with the tired, old, worn-out “Bush lied, people died” routine, even though we know Bush acted on the same information President Clinton had but didn’t act on because he was acting on someone else. Since then, we have proof of WMDs found a few years back, but mainstream media refused to cover it.

Ed accuses the media of depicting the Iraqi people in a negative way. That statement is a little broad. Are they depicting Iraqi thugs and murderers in a negative way? Yes. The general Iraqi population? No.

He also says Americans are hungry for a hero from the war in Iraq. Well, Ed is only half right. America is hungry for a leader here at home, and they don’t have to be a hero, but they do have to love America, love its people, and all that America stands for. Not someone who continually holds up our enemy as if we owe them so much, or one who treats our allies as red-headed stepchildren (it’s an old saying; you get the point).

He claims the movie’s hero, Chris Kyle, is basically a cold-blooded killer, using many lines from his book taken totally out of context. For instance, Ed reads: “Kyle’s only regret is that he didn’t kill more.” Yes, Kyle said that, and then he went on to say that by killing more of the enemy, he would have saved more of the people who were being beheaded and stoned to death by the savages. But Ed was offended that Kyle called them “savages” and “evil.” Kyle was correct, and once again, you are wrong, Ed. What would you have us call them? Misguided and angry? Maybe instead of sending over soldiers, we can send over a boatload of physiatrists? Maybe they have mommy issues? Or daddy blew himself up by accident and little Abdulla never got to say goodbye?

Why do you speak about these cold-blooded, murderous thugs with compassion and use the feelings of our soldiers for toilet paper to wipe your potty mouth with? Do you really hate America that much, or are you just afraid?

Screenshot from "American Sniper"

Screenshot from “American Sniper”

Ed has made all kinds of creative translations for the president’s actions, from why he went golfing right after an American journalist was beheaded, to what he really means by spreading the wealth. But when Kyle says he likes killing and it was fun, Ed couldn’t even attempt to figure out the joy Kyle got from taking the life of a murderous thug. The joy of knowing that he had just taken out someone who would have killed more innocent Americans and beheaded more people who didn’t believe like they did. Yes, taking out the savage enemy, Ed. I know you’re confused, but in the immortal words of Martha Stewart, “that’s a good thing.”

Ed, you even stoop so low as to make blatant lies. You said Kyle dehumanizes the Iraqis because he seems to take joy in killing them, saying, “Kyle takes joy in killing them because they weren’t Americans.” That’s a stretch even for you, Ed.

Kyle never implies or says that Iraqis are bad and Americans are good. In interviews, he repeatedly states that not all Iraqis are bad, and many are scared of retribution or simply afraid by what they have heard about Americans.

Additionally, Ed actually believes the movie encourages Islamophobia because they are killing Iraqi thugs and murderers who happen to be Islamic. Really? Ed, you need to look up what a phobia is. If I use your terms, then I am abortaphobic, Mafiaphobic and cartelaphobic.

The comment that really sent me through the roof, and the one that wins Ed the Darwin Award is: “We (America) ruined a lot of lives.” Really? The 3,000-plus people who died in the World Trade Center weren’t ruined? Their families’ hopes and dreams and the kids left parentless weren’t ruined? Who do you care about? Do you have a right and wrong compass? Does it have “innocent American” on it anywhere?

Ed, it’s actually people like you who have sent this country into the state it is in. Think about it. Conservatives have always been the way we are. We stand for morality and freedom and the American dream to prosper by your own hard work. Your kind has risen up and with the help of the Obamas and Holders, you’ve been given powers and license that are ruining this country.

One example is freedom of speech. We, conservatives, have never liked what guys like you have to say. But we never tried to stifle you with Internet, radio, TV or media laws that would slow you down in any way. But your tribe is all over it, introducing bills that would limit free speech on all of the above.

You might think that makes us stupid. I think it makes us fair.

I suggest if you really dislike America the way you say you do in word and in deed, you might want to move to Russia. You and the bear fighter seem to have a lot in common.




Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.


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  1. Bob Norg says:

    Joe Messina sounds like a junior Beck! Somehow his nose is still stuck in the Republicans’ assess, and he can’ stand anyone who tells the truth. Like in that old movie, ‘You can’t handle the truth! When hacks start lambasting Schultz we know that he is doing a good job.

    • Bill says:

      Opinion pieces like this really prove why Joe is just a small market media wannabe. Nothing is ever well written and you really have to be uninformed to buy into his commentary, most of which is very easily disproved by facts. He draws conclusions like any 13 year old might. Jr Beck ? No, the big names, agree with or disagree with can present an argument that might seem plausible, Joe is just grasping.

  2. Scott Ervin Scott Ervin says:

    Just as a matter of course, I don’t think Joe gets to use the “Darwin Award” as a headpiece for an article. I mean, does he even “believe” in Darwin’s theories?

  3. Bill says:

    Schultz is just a Marxist girly boy to criticize the works of Clint Eastwood, which is about American as apple pie.

    Clint Eastwood never fails to make money with his movies, is extremely loyal to cast and crew that he uses over and over again, and he always brings his movies in on time and under budget.

    Schultz has an alternative motive which is to support the anti gun policies of the progressives. If he is so passionate about his cause, let him put his money where his mouth is and produce a movie. Which will tank faster than a lead ballon

  4. Joe believes in the Jaguar, and its handling capabilities.

  5. Dena says:

    What sources do you people use the most for fact checking I am wondering? I’ll venture a guess… Is it Jon Stewart, am I right? ;) That is just as bad as attempting to acquire logic from the ever tanking, fact editing, MSNBC freak show.

    I’m sorry to have to inform you, but ignorance isn’t really bliss, no matter what Schultz tries to coat your brains with. Really…

    Hey Joe, don’t worry, there are still some people in this state that can actually reach out and touch reality.

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