THE DOMINO PRINCIPLE
D: Stanley Kramer C: Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Richard Widmark
Vietnam veteran and prison inmate Gene Hackman is approached by a mysterious organization and offered a new existence with his wife in return for a certain favor involving his skills as a sniper. Of course, it doesn’t take us long to realize that he’s going to kill the president, in a triangulated crossfire, no less (nudge, nudge). One cannot help wondering if these conspiracy theories aren’t really a way of distracting us from realizing the conspiracy shared by all of us – as when the doubts raised by the 2020 American presidential election suddenly became a conspiracy theory about satanic pedophiles in the Washington Post. You don’t kill presidents. You don’t have to. You just lie about the people threatening your financial interests in the media that you control (being all of them, including the social media). Donald Trump not very famously said: “No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other, and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry, and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.” This obviously didn’t sit well with the Democrats with their racial hatemongering and political violence. In the end, of course, this didn’t matter. Donald Trump is a racist, and if you don’t accept this “fact”, you are one as well, and we don’t hire racists (or commies, or nigger-lovers, or white Jews, as the case may be). That’s why you know that Putin must be stopped from taking over the world. The conspirators aren’t mysterious men in black. They’re you.