Remember the Academy Award winning movie “The Godfather?” Marlon Brando played his part to the hilt. The film is about organized crime in America. The Carleone family, for all of its appearance of respectability, was simply an odd assortment of crooks. The most memorable line in the movie was, “We made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”
The Godfather provides a metaphorical insight into contemporary American politics. President Trump is Don Carleone. He is the head of a crime family, which is made up of Congressional Republicans. The family has two goals: to collect as much money as possible and to stay in power as long as possible. To accomplish these goals, they collect tribute from billionaires and big corporations. The job of seeing that the family stays in power as long as possible has been assigned to Mitch McConnell—the enforcer who keeps all the “made-men” voting the way they are supposed to vote. No mob family would be complete without its legal “mouth-piece,” Alan Dershowitz.
The Godfather requires absolute loyalty. Anyone who fails to show proper patronage will be cast to the wolves at the next election. The Godfather is a very jealous and vindictive person. Thought crimes are viewed as being particularly heinous. Look at what happen to James Comey! Getting on CNN and spill your guts is considered to be an act of treason. Everyone must love what the Godfather loves and hate what the Godfather hates. To show independents of thought and action like those recently displayed by Mitt Romney will get your name placed on the political hit list.
If you wish to know why the Republican dominated Senate refused to allow witness testimony at Trump’s impeachment trial, dust off your video of The Godfather and run it one more time.
Stanley D. Ivie