(GRASSTOPSUSA) — In 1939, Hollywood gave us Henry Fonda in “Young Mr. Lincoln,” a gentle but compelling portrait of our 16th president as a frontier lawyer. The following year, Raymond Massey won an Oscar for his title role in “Abe Lincoln In Illinois.”
Now playing, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which presents the Great Emancipator as a cross between Professor Van Helsing and the Amazing Spiderman. Hollywood of the Golden Age was optimistic, reverent, patriotic and romantic. Hollywood of the Dross Age is nihilistic, cynical, violent, sex-saturated and anti-American.
Four things happened last week – the week before our country’s 236th birthday – that illustrate America’s rapid descent and call into question how many 4th of Julys we have left.