Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friends of Abe







A group of politically conservative and centrist Hollywood figures organized by actor Gary Sinise and others has been meeting quietly in restaurants and private homes, forming a loose-knit network of entertainers who share common beliefs like supporting U.S. troops and traditional American values.

Some of those involved are taking more public steps to counter the entertainment industry's tilt toward liberalism and Democratic politics, such as campaigning for Republican Sen. John McCain or crafting projects to portray America in a more positive light.

The group, whose members call themselves "Friends of Abe" after Abraham Lincoln, was organized as an underground movement because of fears that prominent industry titans with outspoken liberal views would retaliate, said participants. They often were reluctant to name members of the group in interviews for fear it would hurt their careers.

"It's a growing movement, and word is getting out that there's many of us in this business ...," said 1950s singer Pat Boone, one of the few conservatives to talk about the movement publicly. "If certain studio execs - hirers and firers - learn that this is a movement and growing, and that some of these people that they hire are of this inclination, these people could be unemployed."

Friends of Abe has functioned like a support group, organizing informal gatherings where actors, producers, screenwriters, key grips and other industry types can share common values or discuss concerns like anti-Americanism in Hollywood movies or the perception of industry bias against conservatives and Republicans.

The movement has grown over the past few years from gatherings of a few dozen to one last month that drew more than 600 to a billionaire's California estate, Mr. Boone said.

People familiar with the movement credited Mr. Sinise, whose roles range from the blockbuster movie "Forrest Gump" to the TV show "CSI: New York" for helping organize the movement.

Sinise spokeswoman Staci Wolfe said the actor was traveling with a band to entertain U.S. troops overseas and was unavailable for an interview. She would say only: "He is not registered with any political party."

Participants said Friends of Abe is not partisan, but rather functions as a support group where Republicans, Democrats and independents alike can discuss issues they care about. And the low-key gatherings at restaurants and homes have given conservatives a safe place to meet and express their views, they added.

"A Friend of Abe is someone who has reverence for those who serve in our military and believes that American liberal democracy is a unique success, different from others, and it's worthy of the respect of our popular culture ... of Hollywood in particular," said screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd, who helped organize Friends of Abe luncheons when they began four years ago.

Mr. Chetwynd said Friends of Abe generally find themselves at odds with the rhetoric of their hard-left colleagues in Hollywood.

Craig Haffner, a producer who also attended the gatherings, said Friends of Abe is "not a political action group; people are gravitating to it because they love their country."

While the group is not organizing any political activities, some of its members are taking action into their own hands.

Actor Jon Voight, Mr. Boone, Mr. Chetwynd and Mr. Haffner have stepped forward and actively campaigned for Mr. McCain's presidential bid. Mr. Boone said he talked to McCain campaign staffers last week about how he and other stars can help. Supporters now are assembling a formal organization for Mr. McCain in Hollywood, a few of the leaders said.

Meanwhile, many want to produce more movie and theater projects with a positive American message and stronger emphasis on positive cultural values instead of films that paint America as "the great Satan," Mr. Boone said. Mr. Chetwynd said such efforts have been under way for several years, well before the Friends of Abe luncheons began.

Actor Kelsey Grammer, a Republican, is aware of the group but won't comment further, his publicist said.

David Horowitz, another Hollywood conservative and founder of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture, said the group is serving a good purpose but he worries its members won't be aggressive enough.

"There's a kind of ... intellectual terror in this town. People are terrorized; they're afraid to say what they think. So what Gary is doing to provide aid and comfort to its victims is admirable, and I applaud him for it," he said. "But my concern is it's not going to be much more than that."
Hooray for Hollywood's right. Let's see more of it. You can encourage the right by supporting their creative efforts. And you can send a stiff message to the Left by ignoring their movies, music, plays, and associated products.

46 comments:

  1. Thank you, you are truly my heros!!!

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  2. IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT LEFTIST LIBERALS THAT RIGHTEOUS CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY CAN'T SPEAK THEIR MINDS WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING BLACKBALLED IN HOLLYWOOD AND LOSING THEIR CAREERS. GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR COURAGE. MAY THEY BE AN EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF US WHO WANT TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY FROM OBAMA AND HIS MARXIST MINIONS IN HOLLYWOOD AND ELSEWHERE. NOVEMBER OF 2012 CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH.

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    1. How much does "Blackballing" cost in Hollywoood??

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    2. Don't writ in caps, damn it!

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  3. Thanks for comments! Keep them coming

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  4. What baffles me the most is that 'Hollywood Types' are the ones who will be hurt the most if Marxist/Socialist/Communist win in the end. They will destroy their way of life. They aren't even bright enough to think beyond their most immediate gains. It will be short lived folks.

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    1. Aboslutely correct,these dumbass democrats for some strange reason cannot see the true colors of the Democratic Left Wing socialism that looks them right in the eyes.If Obama wins re-election evryone will pay the price, even those in Hoyylwood who now support him.

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    2. Kuhn Loeb,Rothchild(57%US FEDERAL RESERVE)Warburg,and still all in business backed up the Marxists Jews to over turn Russia... Communism was a Jew Bankers racket to take over formally Gentile Societies.. When that no longer work they move NEOCONSERVATIVE RIGHT,and promote flag waving...The Jews tun Hollywood 100%.. This is all just a cover t keep both sides... SEE THE END OF SOVEREIGN AMERICA.BROTHER NATHANAEL KAPTNER.COM.. THE UGLY TRUTH.COM... RENSE.COM.

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    3. WOW! What the HELL did your parents do to YOU .... to make you such an angry, intolerant, hateful MORON???!!!! You can take your anti-semitic remarks and shove them up your .........

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  5. Great site - yes, you are heros... thank you!

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  6. I wish more Hollywood conservatives would 'come out', maybe even as a larger group at the same time, then maybe more would gain the courage and not be singled out by the hateful left.

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  7. Great Point! As we continue to investigate we are finding more and more conservative celebrities. They still hide in the shadows but they are beginning to find their courage. We here at Hollywood’s Conservative Underground continues to enlighten our viewers on just that point.

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  8. It would be great to be able to watch a film or relax in front of a TV program without being inundated with some underlying liberal message. I'm just looking for entertainment and I'm trying to relax. If I'm going to pay to see a movie or even pay my cable bill, I'd like to think that I can enjoy the experience rather than be disgusted by the preachings from the socialist ministers.

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    1. Watched FOX lately……..nothing but an arm of the GOP…you should love that.

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  9. The quickest way to destroy a society is to destroy the family unit… and we can see with our own eyes that is true. Would you not agree.

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  10. Thanks Annonymous. I could not agree more!!

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    1. don't you ever up date this site? It is great.....

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    2. How can we join your cause or do we have to be celebrities?

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    3. Bravo You guys are my hero's Its about time we started speaking out For liberty and start protecting our Freedoms and Liberty before their gone yes can normal people join and contribute. To the cause and rebuild a Strong America that is respected around the world and protects our Liberties at home This so call men has no respect for the country and its prinicpals He need to be removed from office and eplaced with a patriot! Before its too late

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  11. http://tunnelwall.blogspot.com/2013/06/springsteen-writes-for-wrong-generation.html
    Please permit me to share my article, "Springsteen writes for the wrong generation". The upshot of my article is that it takes no courage to be a liberal and little intelligence. That being a liberal is where the money lies and they get rich while condemning the Blacklists of the Cold War.

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  13. There are conservative gays as well......like Conan Dunham...who wrote this queer don't run...about this administration and standing your ground...wonderful..

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  14. Liberals get very upset because you don't think like they do.
    Conservatives only ask that you think.

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  15. (n upper case for emphasis, not yells ) : ROCK ON !!!! NO WORRIES !!! IF ANYONE THINK LEFT BEHIND SERIES IS FICTION, DO READ !!!! THERE IS NO PLAN B ! THE BOOK OF REVELATION WILL COME TRUE ! WHEN JESUS'S FEET HIT THIS EARTH, IT IS ON !!!! GOD KNOWS THOSE WHO R N DO FOLLOW HIS WORD ! IF U ALL NOT HAVE CHECKED OUT JESSE DUPLANTIS ( www.jdm.org) YOU SHOULD !!! :-) HE WILL HAVE U ROLLIN OUT YA CHAIR !
    GOD DOES NOT IMPOSE HIMSELF ON ANYONE, THAT IS WHY FREE WILL EXISTS . THO 2 + 2 = 4.... n MARRIAGE IS BTWEEN A MAN N WOMAN ! SO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO 'FLAME' N NOT GET MESSAGE NOW, WILL HAVE CHOICE.... N IF NOT JESUS< THEN THEY WILLL 'FLAME' FOR ETERNITY !
    ANYTHING DONE BY ALL THOSE DOO GOODERS OUT THERE N THAT PERSON NOT HAVE JOHN 3 :16 n JOHN 14:6 , ALL THEIR 'CONTRIBUTIONS' TO SOCIETY NOT BARE ANY MEANING TO GOD. GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS, HE RESPECTOR OF FAITH !!!!

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  16. How does one join FOA?

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  17. So I am wrong in calling all Hollywood actors liberal idiots (putting it mildly) :)., Thank God for that/you.

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  18. Thank you for your support of Scott Walker.. Look how well he did this last year in WI.

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    1. You need to thank the KOCHS…….for keeping this asshole alive.

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  19. I'm a young up and coming actor and have been blacklisted by many casting offices when I told someone I thought I could trust that I did NOT vote for Obama. The left claims to so tolerant -- only the case if you believe everything they believe. I'd love to start attending with other like-minded people. How can i become a member of FOA?

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  20. I am not ashamed of who I am and that I am conservative and I love Gary Sinise who is a wonderful actor and a man of action when it comes to are military and those who serve who I really respect all those who serve are country I and my Father also served are country and know a young lady who is going to go into the army I have much respect for her and what she is doing. Thank you Gary its great to see that you are doing good at what you do...

    David

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  21. That which is exsposed which is evil like hitler on two fronts like hitler will be destroyed.

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  22. I just heard about Friends of Abe on Fox News last night. How sad that Hollywood conservatives have to hide in the shadows. Where are John Wayne and Charlton Heston when we need them? I don't blame today's Hollywood conservatives. They would be black balled by the "tolerant" liberals and never work again. Liberals are only tolerant if you believe as they do!!!

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  23. I support you entertainers who support our great country and our constitution. A lot of entertainment industry people follow the left wing crowd for fear of not working again but some of you have the courage of our founders and those who have defended our country since it's birth. Keep up the good work and God bless you.

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  24. The 1st Amendment is not a loophole in campaign laws. Campaign laws are abrigements of our 1st Amendment rights.

    From 1791 to 1886 1st Amendment freedoms of speech, press and assembly were the sole rights of flesh and blood citizens. The New York Times had the right to print because it employed people.

    Then, after Watergate, campaign laws were passed to protect the public from the appearance of corruption.

    • Media corporations were exempted from campaign laws. This created a royal, State approved press. Is it any wonder news media are among the biggest promoters of campaign law?

    • Regulations limited how much citizens can donate to politicians and made it less likely challengers, who would benefit more from large sums from a few, can defeat incumbents with established war chests and support networks.

    • Lawyers benefited from a new branch of law. They are currently getting rich demanding conservative non-profits not be more restricted or vetted than liberal non-profits.

    So it is no wonder elected Senators and Congressmen, news media and attorneys have not attempted to restore the electorates 1st Amendment rights.

    But freedoms of speech, press and assembly are inalienable rights not privileges government may lawfully license and restrict. The first amendment denies congress authority to dictate how people associate, pool money or organize to pay the cost of communicating their shared political opinions.

    The 1st Amendment is not a loophole in campaign law. Campaign laws are abridgements of 1st Amendment rights!

    Taxes should exist only for funding the legitimate cost of government not manipulating the politics of people or business.

    Our focus should be restoring first amendment rights rather than defending 501 c or 527 privileges or equal restrictions on conservatives and liberals.

    A “free press” is the right to use a printing press to communicate political ideas without a license from government.

    Other than who pays for it, there is no difference between an editorial, slanted news story and a political ad? They are all expressions of opinion and it should be left to the citizens to decide.

    We should insist that congress recognize and restore our First Amendment rights. Start by calling your Senators and Congressmen and demanding they amend 2 U.S.C. 431 (9) (B) (i) to include every citizen and group of Citizens in the "press exemption"!

    Please note what Senator Mitch McConnell said in his letter http://amendment10.tripod.com/mitch4.htm

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  25. I find that having an organization such as this encouraging with all the negativity coming out of Hollywood about conservatism. I and my family believe in those conservative ideals. We have kids that are both veterans and currently still in the service and are angry at Hollywood personalities that speak negatively about the military and promote the decline of our military forces. This not only puts our children but our country in danger. Keep up the good work, we can only hope for real positive change in 2014 and 2016 elections.

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  26. Hurray for Friends of Abe!

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  27. The Hollywood left is not just made up of undereducated people like Streisand, there are also those who too afraid to show the world how conservative they truly are for fear it will ruin their careers.

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  28. The liberalization of America by thoughtless people who can't think outside the vacuum of the left has done irreparable damage to the country. They have infiltrated the minds of the young, turned liberals against conservative, and have used the goodness of America against itself. Yes, I'm speaking to you, Bill Maher. You use politics to justify a lifestyle that borders on the ill and then you convince silly followers that you are right. Jerry Brown was right when he admitted you don't want the whole country stoned. But the left has now gone into the drug business, which is inexcusable.

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    1. How about getting Bill Maher to be one of the speakers I suggested for
      a debate at UCSB - Arlington - Granada Theatre - It would show him
      for who he is. Sadly, there is a goodness I see in him and an intellegence,
      but a huge ego...

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  29. I first heard about Friends of Abe from the Blaze TV.
    I commend you for standing with our country. instead of turning a blinds eye.
    Perhaps one day, other celebrities (with half a brain) will want to join your group.
    God bless you, one and all.

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  30. Hello! I support you! I would like to get in touch with someone from your group
    who likes my idea of having a Formal Debate at UCSB - Arlington Theatre or
    Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. There are many Veterans in Santa Barbara...
    retired and Generals as well...PLUS, conservatives. My idea is based on a Boston University Model that I watched on TV. Wonderful way to Democracy in action. We would need well known speakers from both sides...that are Nationally known (2 speakers for each side of issue), speakers from students (Young Republican Club who speak well), and I'm suggesting we need this in the early part of 2016.
    My background is Mktg.,Public Relations and I currently sell adv. for Granada Theatre and I'm a Community Liason for State Street Ballet...Yes! I have an artistic bent...
    I would like to see clean debates on ISSUES...not on demeaning a person or their
    ideas....(people only hurt our side by throwing out "Barbs" for what they disagree with...it shows ...well stupidity on our side.)...and being uncouth/rude is not cool!
    I grew up in the U.S. Air Force. My father was in the Army Air Corps and retired
    in 1960 as a Col. He flew recon for FOTO JOES in Burma/China..P-38's & P-51's ...near the Flying Tigers...Burma/China Campaign. (which I wish there was a more in depth movie about...(40 Sec. over Toykyo is great, but doesn't cover the depth of this campaign.
    I am deeply committed to my country and we are in deep trouble now...and
    we need to get televised debates,i.e....
    Dennis Miller lives in Santa Barbara...except he seems resigned now to "hide out" - if we could get O'Reilley we would have a national audience. I think with your membership you could get him to be one of the speakers at a NATIONAL DEBATE FORUM - SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA
    and perhaps Gary Sinise (great heart). This form of debate is the best I've ever seen.
    they get feed back from each speaker...and at the end each speaker can add to what he's said or answer a particular question that was asked...At the end the audience
    lines up to who they think won. It's more complicatedl...but you get the idea.
    Please contact me if someone from "Friends of Abe" is interested. I know it would be great! We need to do this!

    One thing I find interesting...Do Hollywood types not see this rejection as a form of "black Listing?" am I missing something here?
    My good friends are liberals...and when it comes down to reality they are sometimes
    different in what they say and what they do...but I love them anyway.

    I am well-connected in Santa Barbara and could get religious people to speak to
    forum questions as well...i.e., Old Mission Santa Barbara Franciscans.
    I look forward to a reply.
    Topics to Consider: Apportion: What is it? Why Abortion? - Why Adoption?
    What is Civil Discussion: What happened to it! What is it?
    WHAT IS A JUST WAR? WE ALL WANT PEACE - RIGHT? WHY DO YOU HAVE WAR?

    OPEN TO OTHER TOPICS...JUST A FEW TO WET YOUR APPETITE

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  31. I was given your name by a screenwriter that I met with yesterday regarding a series of films that my son is being considered for, but he didn't know how to connect with you. Can someone tell me how to connect?

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