Monday, February 24, 2014

R.I.P. Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis passed today.  Included in his epic body of a work as a writer, director, producer and actor is "Animal House," which in my view is the funniest movie ever made ("Trading Places" may share that spot for me).

"Animal House" ignited the re-birth and proliferation of frat house participation and culture on college campuses across the country, which had started to die out during the "counter-culture/social revolution" movement that swept the nation starting in the mid-1960's.

The 1970's are an important period of time for me not only because that was the period of my teen years, but also because - upon reflecting back - it was probably the last window of opportunity for the citizens and progressive politicians (Gary Hart and Tim Wirth, for instance) to save our system.

After the revelations of Watergate, there was a chance to burn the system down and rebuild it from the ground up and make the adjustments to the legal structure required to prevent the build-up of the systemic rot and decay which had accumulated over the previous 200 years.

But instead, Nixon was pardoned and the elites seized and began to implement the extreme power and control that accompanied the possession of the world's reserve currency in pure fiat form.  This enabled the business and political elites to hasten the erosion of The Bill of Rights and obliterate the check and balance system of power separation that was fundamental to our democracy. 

Notwithstanding the appalling failures of every post-Nixon President leading up to the present, currently we are stuck with a man who promised hope and change - to do his best to restore Rule of Law.   Instead, we have a President who has dedicated his first six years to advancing the despotic powers that have accumulated into the Executive Branch of Government and has shepherded our county further down the path of systemic destruction and totalitarianism.

"Animal House" is symbolic of both the rebellious spirit that had proliferated American culture during the 1970's but also of this country's transition into a system of pathological social order and behavioral control.

Gone forever is the "question authority" spirit upon which this country was founded.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis and R.I.P.  USA:


  1. This article is BS! The funniest two movies were Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Tommy Boy.


  2. Moe Green on the early SCTV episodes. Brilliant!

  3. You left out the most telling Animal House connection metaphor to our present situation-- Kevin Bacon lost most of his life savings to Madoff, around $50 million if u believe the number.
    u can find clips of interviews all over the place with him talking about it.
    He's 56 or so (JULY/58), so that is out of primetime even for a male actor, i doubt he can make it up.

  4. Sorry to disagree but dumb and dumber tops all of that!

  5. Sorry everyone, but the funniest move ever made was the 1963 classic "Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" followed closely by "Blazing Saddles" in 1974; a film only the inimitable Mel Brooks could get away with making.
    Carl from Kalispell, MT

  6. Harlem Nights and Don't Mess With the Zohan. The rest are all contending for 3rd place.

  7. Very sad indeed. "Stripes" will always be my enduring memory of him, over Ghostbusters.

  8. The two best things about growing up north of Detroit were Canadian TV and The funk station WJLB. Hockey, SCTV and commercial free funk.

    Dave, you are the best journalist/artist/human in the blogisphere.

    This is my salute to you.

    1. lol - you're too kind shakealeg. i'm definitely not worthy of that Bobby Weir performance! Love that tune!

  9. Dave I came across something about the fed on about a vacancy for a fit individual to lift gold bars????

  10. Our founding fathers will never let this country "rest in peace".

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