The funny thing about propaganda…
You don’t realize you’re under its sway…until you’re no longer under its sway 🙂
Like that great song by the Stones.
Just what ARE those lyrics???
But never mind.
Let’s back to the point.
JUST WHAT KIND of propaganda would this be?
It is with every bone of logic in my body that I soberly assess National Treasure to be Masonic propaganda.
Prove me wrong.
Especially from the beginning.
Near the top of the film.
This is OVER THE TOP endorsement of Freemasonry AND of the Knights Templar.
It’s STILL a good film.
A REALLY ENJOYABLE FILM!
And we’re gonna get down to the nuts and bolts of it…
But I just want to point out another thing which had previously escaped me about this flick.
Nicolas Cage is effectively channeling Alex Jones throughout the entirety of this motion picture.
I can’t believe I never caught this!!!
So there you have it.
The protagonist (not at all an “anti-hero” in the context of this film) is a “conspiracy theorist”.
The protagonist also emanates from a clear lineage in thrall to Freemasonry.
You think I’m kidding?
Watch this flick and observe the clear propagandistic tone* re: George Washington and the rest of America’s “founding fathers”.
“At least nine…”
Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
But I fucking love this movie.
Let me get to a very important component right off: Diane Kruger.
Though she seriously sullied her career by appearing in what might be the worst film ever made (Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds), Kruger is a goddess of IQ herein.
And her chemistry with Cage is palpable.
Not least, Justin Bartha makes this whole thing quasi-believable.
On its own merits, National Treasure “works”.
Bartha is a lot like Ben Whishaw in the recent Bond films.
A computer geek cast in a very sympathetic light.
And Jon Turteltaub made a pretty fucking great film here.
A lot like a 007 flick!
Witness Cage as he shucks his janitor uniform for a tux.
Straight out of the opening from Goldfinger.
But Benjamin Franklin Gates [Nicolas Cage] is more a “workingman’s” Bond.
A nut job.
Although Gates tries to use his “Submariner” as collateral to get his $100 bill back, we don’t really believe it.
We don’t for a second believe that Gates wears a Rolex.
Cage yes, Gates no.
Which is one of the ways this film goes off the rails.
For all of Cage’s acting prowess, he comes off more as a “star” than a true nerd.
Unfortunately, that is damaging for the narrative of this picture.
But all-in-all, National Treasure is a film I want to return to time and again.
The story seduces.
For God and country.
The Freemasonry stuff is a little weird.
[ok, a LOT weird]
But it makes us face the facts re: George Washington, et al.
And brings up a tangential and potentially-timely question:
“Is President Trump a Mason?”
I must admit: I have seen Trump make this hand gesture ABOUT A MILLION FUCKING TIMES!
In fact…there is AT LEAST another possibility.
Is Trump’s ostentatious display of “Freemason” hand signals a PRETENSE?
In other words, is Trump PRETENDING to be a Freemason??
But who the fuck really cares???
If George Washington was a Freemason (and he was), then that kinda serves as a cornerstone of expectations (to say the least).
I’m not a Freemason.
I could care less.
But there is an important caveat.
Was the secrecy of Freemason lodges an essential aspect of communications security leading to victory in the American Revolution?
And what about the French Revolution??
Again, these possibilities seduce.
Suffice it to say, National Treasure can be a strangely enthralling work if viewed through the lens of theory on propaganda films as well as through the kaleidoscopic peephole of current events.
Something certainly seems afoot in the USA.
I am even reluctant to utter its name.
Mostly because I know not what it is.
This new era of the republic.
Trump as President.
Hard-pressed on all sides.
The winner, fair and square.
Elected by the rules of the country.
The Electoral College.
Which rewards the residual “statehood” of lands which chose to join the USA.
At any rate, things seem far from settled.
Indeed, there is a war going on in the United States.
And it is mostly being waged in the realm of “the spectacle”.
President Trump has an OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of the mass media AGAINST HIM.
It is almost comical 🙂
I would liken it to rats having been driven from a burning ship.
Or termites running for cover during a house fire.
Something is off.
Clearly, the media “darling” (that repulsive shell of a human being, Hillary Clinton) did not ascend the throne.
And the owners of the corporate mass media continue to take her defeat VERY POORLY 🙂
Indeed, Trump is positively “mature” compared to the childish response of the U.S mass media.
Which begs the question: WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF???
And further: did an “outsider” REALLY win the White House 12 months ago?
Judging from media reaction, Trump must be a fucking Messiah.
And further judging from the bungling media info warfare, the psychological operations techniques being employed IN CONCERT by the U.S. mass media ARE HOPELESSLY DAFT 🙂
Every time Jim Acosta tries to rip Trump, it just adds fuel to the #MAGA fire.
Every time the White House press corps comes off as a Mormon Tabernacle Choir of homogeneity (anti-Trump in tenor), the “deplorables” who voted Trump in are proven right.
To be quite frank, I would hate to be on the other side.
The U.S. Democratic Party appears to be trying to reinvent the wheel…AND FAILING BADLY 🙂
But let us leave the chisel of disingenuous chiselers behind for the time being.
May you know joy.
May the Lord Jesus Christ shine upon you today.
May that grace which surpasses all understanding soothe your heart and uplift your spirit.
May a twinkle of love float lightly into your life tonight.
And may it bloom into charity and generosity forevermore.
Thank you, Paul. I’m going to have to watch this film. I’ve had it on my shelf for a couple of years.
Great opening quote about propaganda.
Hi Paul, I’m just checking to see if I can post on your blog in Edge. Any comments I leave in Chrome are disappearing!