Mel Gibson is one of my favorite actors. He still is. I tend to separate the entertainers I enjoy to watch or listen to from their personal lives, beliefs, or unfortunate events in which they’re willingly caught up. If we only listened to, watched or read those with whom we share 100% political or philosophical kinship, we’d be marooned on an emotional island — alone, together.

Seriously, does it really matter what an actor says to a police officer on the side of a highway?

What is of macrocosmic concern, over and above the Mel Gibson situation, is that fits of idiocy (or unwanted honesty) being waved away by deflecting it to a third-party, animate or inanimate, are certainly nothing new, but it seems to be catching on even more than ever. Look at Mark Foley. The reason he was hitting on boys? He was abused by a clergyman in his younger days, and he’s gay, and he’s an alcoholic. A triple-play in the blame game.

Now even Mel Gibson’s kick-saving some blame from being shot into his net. Did you know that Don Nacho is anti-Semitic? Me neither. But then, some people have also discovered the hard way that Sam Adams likes to kick the dog, Old Grand Dad can’t drive very well, Jack Herer won’t get his ass off the couch to get a job, Gilbey sends instant messages to underage boys, and that the Grey Goose doesn’t like black people.

Mel Gibson sat down for an interview with Diane Sawyer recently. What he said was that he didn’t believe that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world, but they did tick him off with their criticism of The Passion of the Christ and that could have been the reason he went off on the now famous tirade after being pulled over. Ultimately for Gibson, the booze is to blame.

Gibson’s mistake during all this is that he started dancing around and acting like a politician. Mel’s been called “conservative” over the years by many people, but he’s proving that this isn’t the case. I like to believe that we conservatives don’t play the blame game. It’s one of the reasons I’m proud to be one, and that’s just not the beer talking.

As conservatives, we preach personal responsibility and accountability. When we screw up, there’s nobody to blame it on, and we’re automatically hypocrites for not practicing what we preach, as it should be.

It takes guts to be a conservative, because we know going in that nobody’s perfect, including ourselves. It would be so easy to do otherwise. When we got into trouble we could just blame the stress of the times or the fact that we’re suffering from, for example, the “disease” of alcoholism.

Mel Gibson is a talented actor and director, and seems like a nice guy, so I hope everybody can forgive him for the insults — everybody including Jose Cuervo.


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