“You’re An Unprincipled Man, Rick”

“Hud thrives,” the UnTexan wrote or or about 9.20.10, following the death of screenwriter Irving Ravetch, who co-wrote Hud with his wife, Harriet Frank. “His offspring litter their shit in McMansion-sized heaps across the landscape. They’re everywhere and they go by various names. Texas Governor Rick Perry is a hardcore Hud-ite. Wasn’t Jesse Jackson just warning President Obama to beware of Hud-ism and its many charms?

“Now Texas is all over the place. Hud’s world is our world. It’s the world of the minor character writ large. That makes it a scary place. See the movie. It’s a good movie. And think about Irving Ravetch, the man who saw Hud coming down the road, and tried to warn the rest of us what was headed our way.

“Ravetch found a relatively minor character in Larry McMurtry‘s novel, “Horseman, Pass By“. He was called Hud Bannon and Ravetch recognized him for what he was, and pumped him full of bullshit and hot air and turned him into the unprincipled, greedy, Bible-thumpin’, money-grubbin’, land-grabbin’, stripmall-buildin’, queer-baitin’, Mexican-cheatin’, black man-draggin’, prisoner-executin’, sleaze-baggin’, fuel-suckin’, George W. Bush-electin’ (a minor character writ large if ever there was one), aw-shucks-dumbass-from-Dumas shit kickin’ good ol’ boy we all have come to recognize as the charming Texan next door.

“Ravetch saw Texas for what it was and called it Hud.

“Here’s what Hud’s old daddy Homer Bannon says in the movie: ‘You don’t care about people, Hud. You don’t give a damn about ‘em. Oh, you got all that charm goin’ for ya. And it makes the youngsters want to be like ya. That’s the shame of it because you don’t value anything. You don’t respect nothin’. You keep no check on your appetites at all. You live just for yourself. And that makes you not fit to live with.’

“Or as Hud himself puts it: ‘This country is run on epidemics, where you been? Price fixing, crooked TV shows, inflated expense accounts. How many honest men you know? Why you separate the saints from the sinners, you’re lucky to wind up with Abraham Lincoln….I say let us dip our bread into some of that gravy while it is still hot.’

“To which Hud’s daddy replies: ‘You’re an unprincipled man, Hud.’ To which Hud answers: ‘Don’t let that worry you none. You got enough for both of us.’

“It’s ‘The Hud-ite Creed.’ It’s as American as Obama and apple pie. And it’s a pretty good description of the Republicans (official motto: ‘We don’t care about you’) and the way they do their business in Texas and everywhere else. In fact, it’s a pretty good description of the world we’ve let ourselves get cozy with whether we’re Republicans or not.”

27 thoughts on ““You’re An Unprincipled Man, Rick”

  1. bluetide on said:

    Who would have thought that Hud would become one of the more prescient political films of the era?

  2. Wells, don’t you think you should pace yourself?

    We understand you don’t like Perry, or ANY Republican for that matter, but it’s a LONG time until the election.

    If you get all of your good anti-Perry propaganda out of the way now, what are you going to do next year?

  3. Wells to Lubert Das: And you, I take it, like no-neck Rick Perry? A guy who has said that “evolution is a theory out there”? Who recently equated the ’60s Civl Rights movement with the struggle that righties are going through all the time for the “freedom” to pay less taxes?

  4. My favorite Paul Newman line from the film. “My Mama loved me, but she died.”

    There’s a clownish quality to Perry that doesn’t resemble the film character at all. Nevertheless, these are noteworthy and alarming comparisons.

  5. Good parlor game Wells. A liitle too partisan – I have two nominees: John Edwards is HUD. Sarah Palin is both HUD and Dusty Rhoades.

  6. Sorry for the ignorant question, but from here in Switzerland Bush seems to have been a disaster — a complete failure. How can Americans vote Republican after Bush? Do they think he wasn’t so bad or do they pretend he wasn’t really Republican?

    Perry seems worse by the way. I’d rather have Hud or his dad. Hud’s dad was alright.

  7. Eddie Mars, Sadly the simple answer is that Americans are stupid. They like to vote against their own interests because they refuse to admit they ARE the poor or they believe they will somehow ascend into the ruling class at some point. Americans also think they themselves are capable of being president, therefore like to vote for people like them, stupid people or people they want to have a beer with. This isn’t all americans, but sadly enough to sway elections to embarassing canidates.

  8. You’re way off-base here, Jeff. Republicans aren’t unprincipled. Republicans are pure-principle. Meaning that they stick to their principles even in the face of massive evidence that their principles are wrong and damaging to people.

    Like the way they stick to the principle of trickle-down/voodoo economics, which have been proven to not accomplish what they want.

    Like the way they stick to the principle of abstinence-only, even though it’s been proven to accomplish nothing but more STDs and pregnancies (which they also claim to be against in principle, though they won’t do anything to stop them).

    Like the way they see themselves as “protecting marriage” instead of “stomping on civil rights”.

    This is what happens when a culture fosters beliefs based on “faith” instead of “facts”; they continue to believe what they’re told to believe long after rational thought would suggest they do otherwise. Rather than being unprincipled, they CLING to principles that any logical person would have abandoned already.

  9. @eddie mars,

    The second one, actually. It’s the way we do things here – as the Tea Party and they’ll tell you that Bush wasn’t a “real conservative” because of various programs he signed off on, and that they new crop is the “real deal.”

    Running for office in the U.S. is all about relying on voters to have short-term memories – which means that unless one’s predecessor is some untouchangle FDR/JFK-level demigod one must assure people they are as “different” from him as the other party’s challenger. Hillary Clinton isn’t president right now because she was the ONLY Democrat running who couldn’t convince people that she wouldn’t just be Bill Clinton again.

  10. “Here’s what Hud’s old daddy Homer Bannon says in the movie: ‘You don’t care about people, Hud. You don’t give a damn about ‘em. Oh, you got all that charm goin’ for ya. And it makes the youngsters want to be like ya. That’s the shame of it because you don’t value anything. You don’t respect nothin’. You keep no check on your appetites at all. You live just for yourself. And that makes you not fit to live with.’

    Sounds an awful lot like John Edwards.

    Wells to Lubert Das: And you, I take it, like no-neck Rick Perry? A guy who has said that “evolution is a theory out there”? Who recently equated the ’60s Civl Rights movement with the struggle that righties are going through all the time for the “freedom” to pay less taxes?

    Typical dumb-ass, binary “you must love him or hate him” thinking. It’s perfectly possible to dislike– even strongly, and for good reasons– a presidential contender (or president, or whomever) without agreeing with every stupid hateful comment made about him/her.

  11. It must also be noted that Republicans don’t win elections; Democrats lose them, largely by staying home. On Election Night 2010, Chuck Todd of NBC picked 25 random congressional districts that went fron blue to red, and found that in all 25 cases if Dems had voted in the same number that they had in 2006, those 25 districts would have remained in the Democrats’ column. One could easily surmise that the house might have stayed Democratic–or at the very least, the GOP’s margin of victory would have been much smaller–had they gotten off their lazy asses and voted.

    Turnout. It’s always abiut turnout. It’s the right wing’s hole card.

  12. “It must also be noted that Republicans don’t win elections; Democrats lose them, largely by staying home.”

    Oh. Okay. I see.

  13. Hollis: I think you meant Lonesome Rhodes. Dusty Rhodes was either a pivotal Cincinnati DJ or a Georgia Championship Wrestling star with a Cajun speech impediment.

    Which, I suppose could also be applied to Palin because she’s got a silver tongue but always adheres to a scripted reality. BOOM! (“Hey Mr. Smith! Hey Mr. Jones…”)

  14. Conservatives win elections because they’re old and religious. Old religious people are used to dragging their asses out of the house to do things they don’t want to do, be it a doctor’s appointment, going to church the morning after a night of drinking, or finding the public school they never knew existed so they can vote for whatever candidate promises to lower their taxes and keep the teenagers off their yard.

    Liberals, on the other hand, get all fired up about voting rich, old whitey out of office, until they realize the election is on the same night as Game Of Thrones, or located in an area of town it takes more than one bus transfer to get to.

    If they had voting booths in Starbucks or delivered ballots with pizzas, no Republican would ever be elected again.

  15. Conservatives win elections because they’re old and religious. Old religious people are used to dragging their asses out of the house to do things they don’t want to do, be it a doctor’s appointment, going to church the morning after a night of drinking, or finding the public school they never knew existed so they can vote for whatever candidate promises to lower their taxes and keep the teenagers off their yard.

    Liberals, on the other hand, get all fired up about voting rich, old whitey out of office, until they realize the election is on the same night as Game Of Thrones, or located in an area of town it takes more than one bus transfer to get to.

    If they had voting booths in Starbucks or delivered ballots with pizzas, no Republican would ever be elected again.

  16. Here’s another way to approach the politics of Jeff’s invocation of “Hud:” “Hud” was a Hollywood Studio picture. It was a dramatic portrait of an American shitheel, directed by guy who almost got taken down by the Blacklist. That was so then.

    I look forward to seeing the next Hollywood film with similarly-sized cojones.

  17. coach factory outlet uses graceful accessories to match the classical logo of coach, which is the best combination of coach. The handmade coach products?can make you more charming and graceful.customers are not only interested in handbags and purses, but also fond of?shoes and jewelry which is sold at the coach outlet.coach factory outlet store marketed properly all greater compared to earth and earn cozy praise from customers. They are made from the finest leather and fabric.coach factory outlet online featured with stylish leather bags and signature materials, and carry this bag, it can designate people seem to be captivatingly feminine and good-looking. Why not to buy one when it is at an affordable price?

    Remember the coach outlet provide coach bags which won’t be deteriorated into its overall styles by any means. It will maintain its looks, colors, and uniqueness for long time.coach factory outlet has a big heart and a healthy appetite, and a wicked swing with a chainsaw. After a knee injury ended his career as a defensive lineman in college, Coach salvaged his Physical Education degree(barely)and landed a job teaching health at the local high school in his hometown of Savannah.coach factory outlet online using a range of quality fabrics and materials and offer beautiful and high-quality items such as bags, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes and so on.Just order.go to enjoyment.

    As long as you open our coach factory outlet webpage, you will view various Coach New Arrivals which are the most popular also the most fashionable in this year.You know, Coach items are so perfect and fascinating. Now I grow up, and find coach outlet on the Internet offering affordable products with reliable quality.coach factory Online is developing at a fast pace internationally due to the increased popularity of Coach brand.Haven’t you possessed your own Coach Bags? If you really thirst for having the newest Coach arrivals, click the coach factory outlet online.

    coach factory outlet is really sizzling kinds of shopping way for you. With the usage of the replica designer coach bags, you can surely be able to change your individual looks in a stunning manner.Almost everyone has identified effectively about this, below, among the best to make sure you will get much more information about coach outlet.coach factory are leading the international market all the time, because men and women choose to buy these Coach Products to use for leisure,work or travel than any other designer brands.Each and every woman wants to possess a coach bag. coach factory outlet online This brand of handbags will not price you a great deal of cash.

    Coach Kristin Leather Tote in coach outlet online is feature with top leather which is durable. Classic color is easy to match any clothes and different with other Coach bags. The bag with a large inside pocket and two outside pockets which are very convenient, you can take this bag in any occasions.coach outlet has a zippered closure and buckles for extra security. Shiny brass hardware, rounded leather handle, and an interior pocket. It also includes a limited edition Hawaii luggage tag and lock.coach factory outlet has a big heart and a healthy appetite, and a wicked swing with a chainsaw. After a knee injury ended his career as a defensive lineman in college, Coach salvaged his Physical Education degree(barely)and landed a job teaching health at the local high school in his hometown of Savannah.Several days ago, my friends recommended coach factory online to me, which provides women with cheaper Coach goods, better service and faster delivery.

    Come to coach factory outlet and find brand new Coach Factory Shoes Ivory Gray here, which are one of the casual, leisure yet uncommon Coach Factory shoes for women on sale.The coach shoulder bags win a lot of grace and market share. It can be said that the coach is a legend in history bags at coach outlet.coach factory outlet online is a fashion brand to ensure its quality. With designer coach shoulder bags, you will always attract people’s attention. The bags will emphasize your personal style and taste.Here you can find the latest products in different kinds of coach factory outlet store making best materials.They are leisure practical products in the new generations.

    Mainly because products are rattling straight forward, locomotion, to see our own elements connected with coach factory outlet you can actually just make an effort to accomplish without this.The choices are likely to be basically countless seeing that coach outlet occurs with the help of completely new and also incredible concepts once in a while.coach factory outlet store marketed properly all greater compared to earth and earn cozy praise from customers. They are made from the finest leather and fabric.Coach Black bag with smooth and fine material makes you feel more attracting and outstanding. Come and get some distinctive bags for yourself from the coach factory outlet online.

  18. louis vuitton outlet online just like a person who want to show himself in front of other people, because he is confident enough, he can attain the respect of other people.At this moment, louis vuitton online have utilized a variety of various fabrics in addition to fabrics, nevertheless Louis vuitton remains the conventional hand-dyed leather may be a must-have item.

    Offering quality LV products with favorable prices, louis vuitton outlet store is at your service. Hurry up, or you can not seize the chance.This louis vuitton purses for sale belongs to the sounding just what are termed as Louis vuitton vintage best sellers, many other products and services for the reason that range appearing companies the actual Louis vuitton Galliera, plus the louis vuitton outlet monogram selection.

    Here is a world of louis vuitton outlet where you can find all kinds of new style and fashion Louis Vuitton bags. We really want to lead the trend and let our customer in the pursuit of luxury and fashion, satisfied the needs of customers.That experts claim louis vuitton online shopping is in the changes they are available in, which can make it well suited for benefit from to be a ‘luggage’bag.the first Louis Vuitton bag was created in the year 1888, this is the so-called Damier Canvas style. At louis-vuitton-outlet-online.Welcome you can all chicing fashional louis vuitton outlet online handbags.

    LV bags in the louis vuitton outlet are a feminine update on an urban classic. With plenty of room for all of your essentials this covetable carryall will take you through the weekend in style.This morning, I was looking for a suitable birthday gift for my mother’s birthday on the Internet.Suddenly, louis vuitton outlet online burst into my view. Soon I was fascinated by the beauty of its products.louis vuitton online always sells good-looking LV bags for women. The bags are verified with only revolutionary craftsmanship. Come and enjoy.

    Almost no one can resist the temptation of LV Bags.There established many online louis vuitton outlet recently with the aim of making people’s shopping more convenient.LV has been the symbol of fashion and nobility for quite a long time. The louis vuitton online shop has become so famous all around the world recently.

    This collection focus more on color selection compared with other LV handbags. Cute and sunshine design style increases its charm. louis vuitton outlet online provides you the very famous luxury worldwide brand.Looking for a louis vuitton outlet and don’t know where they are? The easiest way is to enter here. That simple and you definitely will never be disappointed.louis vuitton online have the variety are various Purses, Wallets, Woman Hand Bags, Tote Clutch Handbag and LV Louis Vuitton Handbags.

  19. Another feature of these loans is that of its no credit check approval. Phone ports are also included for faxing and an optional external headset. But, it is advisable to do some research and compare quotes before applying for these loans, so that you can get the best deal for yourself. Telephone Windows 7 Impressions: the first 24 hours It detects the type of call received, playing a personalized welcome message to voice calls, and then acts like an answering machine. You also don’t need a dedicated fax line. It’s a clich to claim that a fax service pays for itself, but that’s precisely what it does; monthly costs are low, and it works over existing internet lines, with very little setup involved and no down time. How much do extra pages cost? These can range from 3 cents to 10 cents per page. Free Fax Gate

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>