Oct 14, 2008

What Tom Cruise got right

by Tim Mattingly

Liberals have George W. Bush. As president, Bush has provided this bunch with a wellspring of jokes. The only time liberals stop laughing at his presidential antics is to wag a disapproving finger in his general direction. The recent opening of “W” only furthers the left-flung jokes at Bush’s expense.

I, on the other hand, have Tom Cruise. It is curious that this Hollywood icon zealously follows the teachings of a noted science-fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard. But I am not here to argue whether or not my body is, in fact, home to alien spirits.
Back in August, Newsweek went against the liberal-media grain and published an article entitled, “What Bush Got Right.” If liberal media can set aside their differences, then so can I.

In 2005, Cruise blasted his “friend” Brooke Shields for taking medication to treat postpartum depression, according to hollywood.com. Cruise’s attack echoed Scientology’s standpoint that prescription drugs, especially psychiatric, are harmful to the body. He stated that “you can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.”

Before criticizing Cruise, consider the value of his words. It is hard to imagine Flintstone vitamins as a cure-all, however, it certainly is better than throwing medication at every problem. On average, prescription drugs kill 100,000 Americans a year, with adverse side effects seriously injuring an additional 2.1 million, according to a 1998 Associate Press article.

The statistic was 10 years ago — today, the quick-fix prescription is more common than ever. Cruise recognized this and reacted the best way he knew how: attacking a vulnerable woman suffering from depression after childbirth. Yes, it is a bit unorthodox, but top predators, such as lions, do the exact same thing when they single out the weak gazelle in the herd.

True, Cruise may have crossed the fine line between killing to survive and pushing religious ideals upon society. But his attacks did not completely lack justification, as there is no denying that society has a prescription-popping problem. To do so is almost as crazy as denying Cruise’s shining cinematic moment — the 1986 classic, “Top Gun.”

Nothing is more American than engaging in aerial dogfights against communists. “Top Gun” inspired impressionable youth everywhere, instilling a desire to battle the evils of this world, whether they are communist, terrorist or the playground bully. Cruise’s role in this film is nothing short of a majestic metaphor for the United States of America — even the best get knocked down some times, but they get back up and knock right back. The movie was pure red, white and blue.

Also, despite Cruise’s alien aspirations (courtesy of Scientology) and high-flying antics, he is pretty down to earth with the charities he is involved with.

Cruise supports organizations such as Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition, H.E.L.P. and the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation. He also donates to Mentor LA, a group dedicated to “improving schools and empowering neighborhoods.” Mentor LA honored Cruise in March 2007 for his “philanthropic actions.”

Additionally, Cruise showed his patriotism when he co-founded the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. The program is dedicated to removing harmful toxins from the bodies of Sept. 11 rescue workers with natural, medication-free means.

Putting aside Cruise’s constant Scientological babblings, he has done some good for this world. His dedication to get prescription medication off the street and his patriotism on and off camera is truly heartwarming. His belief that 75 million years ago our planet’s true name was Teegeeack and overseen by the galactic ruler Xenu — not so much.


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