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THE ABYSS BETWEEN THE LIBERAL ELITE AND NORMAL AMERICANS

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Little illustrates more clearly the large and expanding gulf between ordinary Americans and liberal elitists than their responses to two movies out this month.

"American Sniper," the Clint Eastwood film based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who is credited with more confirmed kills (160) than any other sniper in U.S. history, was a box office smash when it opened last weekend.

Mr. Kyle left the Navy in 2009. A month after his autobiography was published in 2012, he was murdered at a firing range in Texas by a former Marine he’d befriended, who apparently was suffering from PTSD.

Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s widow, said actor Bradley Cooper and the film’s writers and producers have portrayed him accurately.

NRO’s David French explains why the movie is a  cultural game-changer that millions of normal Americans are flocking to see.  Chris Kyle is the true American war hero of our day, as Alvin York was for WWI and Audie Murphy for WWII.

And that’s why liberal elitists hate it.

It’s a "Republican platform movie," said David Edelstein in his snarky review for New York magazine.

The movie reminded him of the fake Nazi propaganda film in the movie "Inglorious Basterds," said actor Seth Rogen.

"The real ‘American Sniper’ had no remorse about the Iraqis he killed," wrote Penn State Prof. Dennis Jett, who admitted in his review for The New Republic that he hadn’t actually seen the film.

Chris Kyle "was a racist who took pleasure in dehumanising and killing brown people," said author Lindy West in his review for the Guardian.  He hadn’t seen the movie either, Mr. West acknowledged.

Max Blumenthal, who writes for Alternet, compared Mr. Kyle to Beltway sniper John Lee Malvo, who with John Allen Muhammad murdered at least 10 people in the Washington D.C. metro area in 2002. They’d planned to kill six white people a day for a month, Mr. Malvo admitted in his confession.

He was a "hate-filled killer," said Laura Miller in Salon.

"We were taught snipers were cowards," tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore, which is cheeky for a guy with nine bodyguards who never served to say about a Navy SEAL who was wounded during four tours in Iraq, was awarded the Silver Star medal, the nation’s 3rd highest decoration for bravery, twice, the Bronze Star five times.

Meanwhile "Selma," Oprah Winfrey’s shall we say "imaginative" reconstruction of the landmark 1965 civil rights march is bombing at the box office.

Martin Luther King Jr. is, understandably and appropriately, the hero in "Selma." But President Lyndon Baines Johnson is portrayed as a villain who was hostile to King’s decision to march, which is the opposite of the truth.

LBJ is depicted in the movie as "devoid of any palpable conviction on voting rights," wrote the director of Johnson’s presidential library. "Vainglorious and power hungry, he unleashes his zealous pit bull, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, on King."

The truth is LBJ and MLK plotted strategy for the march together. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 wouldn’t have passed were it not for the president’s vigorous support.

Despite – or perhaps because of –  "Selma’s" dishonest rewrite of history, the film drew rave reviews from liberals.

"One of the year’s best," said Roger Ebert. A "politically astute, psychologically acute" MLK biopic," said Variety. It "stings with relevance for the here and now," said Rolling Stone. "The year’s first five star film," said the BBC.

Selma is the new Oscar frontrunner, Variety said in November. Selma was nominated for Best Picture (as was American Sniper). But all 20 acting nominees were white, which prompted race hustler Al Sharpton to call an "emergency meeting" of his "diversity task force."

The head of the Motion Picture Academy is black. Last year the Oscar for Best Picture was awarded to "12 Years a Slave." Over the last five years, 10 percent of Oscar nominations have gone to blacks, equivalent to their proportion of the U.S. population.

In this instance, the judgment of the Motion Picture Academy gibes with that ordinary Americans, who aren’t rushing to see a movie which falsely accuses them of racism.

 "No one wants to say it but ‘Selma’ just isn’t a very good movie," said John Nolte of Breitbart.com.

Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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