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The Attack of the 50 Foot Candidates

The Attack of the 50 Foot Candidates
June 18
15:19 2019

As is my habit, I generally relax my thought process by watching an unchallenging – or even bizarre –movie as I head into the arms of Morpheus.  This Saturday, it was “The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” —   one of those 1950s cult classic low-cost sci-fi productions.

Cult classic movies come in two varieties, those of excellence, even genius – such as “Citizen Kane,” “It’s a Wonderful life,” “Gone with the Wind” and “Star Trek.”  Then there are those that gain cult-hood being iconically bad.  These dubious award classics are characterized by a shallow plot concept, poor scripting, bad acting, and laughably amateurish special effects.

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One need go no further than the title of the 50 Foot Woman film to know in which category it would be placed – and it incorporated all the aforementioned attributes.

Without having previously seen the movie, I assumed the title character would be either from outer space or the mutant creature probably the result of atomic radiation – a reoccurring theme in those days.  It was all of that, too.

Before getting to the point, a brief synopsis of the movie would be beneficial.  A wealthy young woman with a philandering husband comes across a space orb in the middle of the road and is confronted by an assumedly 50-foot space man – although she looked much larger than him in later scenes.  Of course, no one believed her.  As a result of her contact, she gets a dose of radiation that cause her to grow to the title size.  In the end, she kills both her husband and his floosy lover, and is subsequently electrocuted by a high-tension wire.  Cheesy sci-fi movies always seem to have high-tension wire pyrotechnics.

As I awoke – suspended in the twilight zone between unconscious sleep and full cognizance of reality –my mind was already contemplating this commentary, with the movie as a metaphor for our current political environment.  I assume such a stretch was the result of having my mind being addled by the movie as I slept.

I was struck by the fact that the movie hit the silver screens about the same time when our three leading presidential contenders for 2020 – Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and, yes, Donald Trump – were all reaching what psychologists and theologians refer to as “the age of reason” – that stage in human development when a person can grasp complex information and articulate it with more than an incomplete sentence.

Seeing the movie as analogous to our current political situation did not seem so completely outrageous when I thought about it.  Today’s politics is conceptually shallow, poorly scripted, badly acted and with laughably amateurish special effects in the form of staged events, rallies, and so-called townhall meetings.

With those figurative 50-foot, puffed-up, walking-tall, larger-than-life public images they try to project, I would advise them to stay clear of high-tension wires.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Phil in TX
    Phil in TX June 19, 19:52

    Good one, Larry!

    Phil in TX

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