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Steve Lunetta: We need a Demolition Man, not a nanny state

Posted: June 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In the 1993 film, “Demolition Man,” Sylvester Stallone plays a no-nonsense cop who is cryogenically frozen in 1996 and is awakened in 2032 to deal with an extremely violent criminal from his own time, played perfectly by Wesley Snipes.

I’ve had never seen this movie until recently, because the promos for it always looked lame. Also, I’ve never quite recovered from Stallone’s “Cobra” (“Crime is a disease. Meet the cure”). I never wanted to run screaming from a theater so badly.

That is, until I saw Barbra Streisand’s “Yentyl.” But that’s a story for another time.

Demolition Man has a good story line and fairly creative writing. It also helps to have a young Sandra Bullock and Rob Schneider hamming it up in their scenes. The cast know that this is a fun movie and don’t take themselves too seriously.

Except for Stallone. He is the perfect counterpoint to the tongue-in-cheek mayhem going on around him. Stallone’s character, John Spartan, is a rough and tough cop who tends to destroy things in his pursuit of the bad guys — hence the title of the movie.

The world in which Spartan awakens is populated by gentle and politically correct people, all of whom are afraid to say anything that may offend. If one utters a profanity, an alarm sounds, and a fine is immediately levied against the profane speaker.

The cops have all gone soft, depending on handheld computers that coach them through apprehending a criminal. One officer, after having a crook refuse a direct order, was told to firmly repeat the order and conclude it by saying “or else.”

Needless to say, a violent criminal would have a field day in such a world. Enter Wesley Snipes’ Simon Phoenix, a pathological murderer who stops at nothing to gain what he wants. No one in this age can stop him. Except the Demolition Man.

Unfortunately, we have a real-life equivalent situation in Sacramento right now. Our state Capitol is infested with weak and incapable leaders who seem more interested in political correctness than leading and managing our state.

The strength to say “no” to powerful special-interest groups, public-employee unions and uncontrolled spending simply does not exist. There are a couple of notable exceptions such as Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, and state Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, but they are lonely islands in a sea of wimpiness.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who appeared to be headed on the right track in balancing the state budget, has shown that he is no more than a puppet to the special interests that sent him to the Capitol in the first place.

Unable to cut benefits packages to public-employee unions to balance the budget, Brown has turned to the traditional-and-failed fall-back of all Democratic legislators: raise taxes. Brilliant. 

The state of Texas is now coming to California to lure businesses away with tax incentives, packages and promises of a business-friendly climate. 

How do the “girly-men” in the Capitol respond? Our legislature is processing legislation restricting the use of polystyrene foam containers for restaurant leftovers. Also, they are pushing a law banning cell phones in prison. Let me repeat that. They have to make a law banning cell phones in prison.

Excuse me, but can’t the warden just take them away? And, if the guards are giving them the phones (where else would they come from?), take the phones from them, too. Problem solved.

And I know who the Wesley Snipes character is. David Kieffer is the executive director of the Service Employees International Union, and essentially controls many politicians through the political contributions made by the SEIU.
Regarding the tax extensions proposed by Brown, Kieffer said Californians “would vote the taxes down” and “they don’t actually need to be involved in this decision.”

All Kieffer needs is a nifty haircut and a blonde dye-job.

Where is our John Spartan? We thought we had the Terminator, but he turned out to be nothing more than a movie actor with latent polygamist tendencies. He turned out to be more of a kindergarten cop.

No, we need someone who can go to Sacramento, blow everything up, save the kids, balance the budget, bring back a positive business climate, lower taxes and control the nanny-state mentality.

We’ve got three years to come up with a candidate. It’s hoped that there will be something left of our state to salvage by then. Anyone for Tom McClintock?

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and wants his hair just like Wesley Snipes’.


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