by Robert John Stevens, July 10, 2016
Hollywood studios once promoted the U.S. Constitution, defended liberty, championed individual rights, and elevated the common man with great films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
In 1996 Matt Slovick of The Washington Post wrote:
But this film caused quite a stir in this town in 1939. The Washington Press Club sponsored a premiere at Constitution Hall that was attended by congressmen, Senators and Supreme Court justices. About halfway through the film, people started walking out. At another dinner, Capra was criticized for showing graft in the Senate. The Washington press corps, who didn’t like the way reporters were portrayed, joined in the attacks against Capra.1
But average Americans filled the theaters to see the film that helped make Stewart a star. The movie earned 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (it lost to “Gone With the Wind”).
One of my favorite movies, Sergeant York (1941), taught Americans that even religious pacifists were justified to defend freedom against aggressors.
The 1965 movie Shenandoah Shenandoah reminded Americans that individual and state rights not delegated to the Federal Government were superior to usurped federal laws, even in a time of war.
But then Hollywood sold out to the globalists and have since been on the warpath to destroy the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights, liberty, freedom and national sovereignty by destroying the moral foundation required to support their super structure.
By 2012, Neal Harmon, one of the smartest and most capable entrepreneurs in America today and now proven hands-on CEO, wanted to show his children some of his favorite Hollywood movies but didn’t want to introduce them to certain vulgar words and scenes in their youth.
Neal could have timed certain scenes and demanded his children close their eyes and ears while he fast-forwarded past them, exercising his moral and constitutional right to do so inside his own home but decided there must be a better way.
Having studied the secrets of YouTube from a programmer’s perspective while working at Orabrush, he realized he could create an overlay or filter on top of Hollywood videos without violating their copyright laws. Hollywood lawyers destroyed similar efforts by CleanFlicks and other companies.
After Orabrush was sold, Neal and his brothers started a company called VidAngel in Provo, Utah to stream videos that moral and ethical people wouldn’t be embarrassed to watch even if Jesus sat next to them.
Knowing the importance of abiding by laws that are constitutionally supported, Neal devised a simple, unique and legal solution: Let customers buy a video, stream it to them and then let them sell it back to VidAngel.
Leveraging crowd sourcing via Amazon Mechanical Turk, the Harmon brothers found hundreds of Americans who would gladly volunteer their time and expertise to create movie filters.
Although Hollywood won the battle declaring it illegal to physical modify movies even after they were purchased (a constitutional violation), VidAngel modifies no movies, buys them legally and stores them in their vault.
At some point in our nation’s history, Hollywood sold out to the globalist whose goal is to demoralize our free society, destroy ethics and usher in world government with them in control.
Because of the constitutional nature of VidAngel’s case, it could and should go to the Supreme Court. Despite Hollywood studio’s cunning arguments, the underlying justifications are unalienable property rights, the rights to acquire, possess and protect property, and the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions.
For VidAngel to win they must spend vast resources virally telling the public that it is their right to enjoy and defend their natural and constitutional freedoms. This is their opportunity to teach by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and to arm the public with reaffirmations from all 50 state constitutions.
If Hollywood studios wins and government grants it illegal for the public to filter their own videos then who will enforce it? Who will enforce the right of decent parents to pause videos and fast-forward past dirty scenes? Do we really want Hollywood surveillance in our own homes?
VidAngel won’t win with similar statements used by CleanFlicks and other companies who lost.
Neal Harmon is today’s Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)—the John Doe that represents moral and decent citizens who is being attacked by corrupt, corporate giants backed by unlimited power and money.
There is much more here at stake then just just videos: Inalienable rights, religion, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and right for parents to protect themselves against state intrusion are all under fire.
1 ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’, By Matt Slovick