Cameron’s “Monumental,” hitting theaters next month, mourns a nation in decline and looks to the past for a brighter future. The actor turned activist told CPAC attendees why he made the film:
As I look around I get this sinking feeling that we’re off track, that there’s something sick in the soul of our country,” Cameron told those gathered at the conservative conference in Washington on Thursday. “I examine the fruit that’s hanging on the tree of America and I can see that it’s rotting. And that concerns me deeply.”http://bighollywood....tion-off-track/
The actor went on to list what worries him most: the economy, decreased spirituality and what he sees as a nationwide moral decline.
“The family is falling apart. Divorce is at an all-time high,” he said. “Teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol – things that used to be shameful 50 years are now normalized in public school and celebrated on television.
Cameron regards the 1960's as the "good old days" but he's looking back through rose colored glasses:
Like Cameron today, the conservatives of fifty years ago were similarly incapable of handling the changes in their society. These are a few of the things they were observing in those days:
- the sexual revolution
- turn on tune in drop out
- sit ins
- be ins
- God is dead
- President Kennedy advises all "prudent families" to have a bomb shelter.
- The Vietnam War officially begins
- Cuban Missile Crisis - threat of nuclear war
- President Kennedy is assasinated
- Watts ghetto riot
- they had a sinking feeling
- they felt the country had gone off track
- there was something sick in the soul of their country
- the fruit that's hanging on the tree of America is rotting
- they were deeply concerned
- there was decreased spirituality
- and a nationwide moral decline
- the family was falling apart
- things that used to be shameful 50 years earlier are now normalized
The conservatives in every generation always have the same reaction to whatever is currently happening - they pine for the "good old days". It's a knee-jerk reaction based solely upon emotion and not even slightly reinforced by facts and figures.