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Philip Seymour HoffmanWith the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, America has lost another genius; or so we are told.

I disagree.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a drug addict who could act. His acting was wonderful. I’m not being heartless about the death of a 46 year old man, who obviously didn’t take very good care of himself. It’s no surprise to me that Hoffman is dead, though we never know for whom the bell tolls.

But let’s keep it real. Aside from Hoffman’s obvious avoidance of the gym, this genius of the Left was found dead with 75 bags of heroin along with assorted other drugs. The unintended consequences of genius?

The Left love their conveniences. Hoffman had them all. Who doesn’t wish to make a living doing what we love? Yet, even doing what he loved, Hoffman was unable to deal with reality, and overdosed.

I’d like to know from what reality a Liberal, doing exactly what he wanted to do in life and making crazy money doing it, would want to escape.

“LEARN from Hoffman,” we are told.

Exactly what is the lesson of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the tortured genius? That heroin addicts can act?

Hollywood and politics seem to be among the very few places where drug use or abuse are props in their stage plays and warped sensibilities. In fact, I contend that these Leftist geniuses see drugs as steroids.

While the rest of us are fighting against Leftism unmedicated — and they might contend, crippled — the Left is toking up, shooting up, sniffing up all this so-called genius they can find in drugs.

Jimmy Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and many others supposedly used heroin, and people credit their creativity and abilities to the drug. Far too many “geniuses” in the entertainment industry indulge in drug use of one sort or another.

The Left can’t hack it without some medication for the most part. Without medication, they are forced to deal with their ugly realities, so they medicate to chase away their demons.

I  admire Hoffman’s talent, though it was likely drug-induced. But don’t try to convince me that he is something he is not.

“But Kevin, Hoffman was nominated for an Emmy!”

BS awards given by his self-indulgent, drugged out peers? I’m sure that nomination went a long way, as Hoffman was tying off his arm to find a vein for that last hit.

Who dies in their bathroom with a needle sticking in his arm, while his 3 children play in the park?

The headlines are less about Hoffman, the genius, as they have evolved into derivatives around some bad form of heroin that perhaps Hoffman used. Heroin kills. Sometimes slowly, and sometimes more quickly. But you’re pretty much dead once you begin using the drug.

Despite what the Left wants America to believe, drugs kill. If they don’t kill you fast, they kill you slowly. Alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, cocaine…all slow deaths, that detach you from reality, so you can be brilliant…a genius if only for a little while.

You want to know what I find brilliant?

I find young men willing to go through the most brutal of combat training to protect this nation. THAT, my friends is brilliant!

I find the millions of conservative women who choose to home school their children brilliant. I find the MILLIONS of entrepreneurs who chase that God-inspired thought, and decide against all stumbling blocks that the government throws in their way, to start a business…brilliant.

Brilliant is the father who faces his life without drugs, and who takes the man’s responsibility of providing for his family, protecting them.

Brilliance is not the man who runs from reality, as in the case of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but the man who runs toward reality.

 
 
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  • wired2comment

    I am still sad that this man died the way he did. I have to wonder where were his friends, family, and doctors. It could not have gone undetected that he had slipped back in to addiction. That said, I agree with the point that we are attaching value to the wrong people and activities. Media has a huge hand in why we paying homage to the wrong people. America needs to re-evaluate the men and women we choose as role models and heroes. Parents don’t let your children grow up thinking what they see on TV is real or that the fame, is the measure of a person. The unsung heroes that defend our country from harm or toil in the mundane jobs that must be done, so they can support their family, these mother fathers, sons and daughters are heroes. Stand up against the nonsense that is sold in sitcoms and reality TV and liberal press- lead by example. Lets celebrate the hardworking middle class who slug it out everyday.

    • Alexxthegreat

      Well stated.
      Hoffman killed himself while his children play in a school yard not too far away.
      Three young kids are fatherless….how sad.

    • docjohndenver

      Don’t know where his friends and family are, but I can guess where his doctor was, AT WORK! I have taken care of at least 1000 addicts over the last twenty years and I can tell you they have to walk into my office and tell me they are back on the dope. I have no way of knowing what they are doing away from the office unless they come in wired or stoned (which only happens once in a while). I beg them to stop, give them numbers of twelve step groups and rehab places. I give them my card and write my cell number on it and tell them to “call me before you take that first drink or hit, I’ll talk you out of it or I’ll come get you and take you home.” And you know what difference all this makes? Very little. The family and friends are usually even more frustrated. It is in their face ALL the time and they are powerless. This problem is about SELF-restraint and there is certainly physical disease involved as well. But Kevin is right. I am flat out SICK of idiot actors like Jim Carrey coming out and implying Hoffman was just more sensitive and that is why he did heroin. Is he more sensitive than the angel-like nurse from hospice who called me crying today to let me know one of our patients died? Of course not! He was into immediate self-gratification and when the pats on the back in the Hollywood echochamber weren’t enough he went back to his original Dr. Feelgood, heroin. He was a good actor but that’s it. And yes, it is the left that constantly says, “get off the drugs” and then laughs about the old party days stories. There are always exceptions, of course, but many on the left wink at substance use, whereas the right is essentially devoid of these types of idiots. That’s reality. It doesn’t matter whose sensibilities it offends. It’s true.

      • wired2comment

        Doc, I sure didn’t mean to hit a nerve. I guess my question would have been better posed, why didn’t he turn to his family or friends or the doctors he had been treated by. You are of course correct with regard to that fact that in the end it is the individual that has to be accountable for their own actions. Our society now bears a good deal of the responsibility for not holding individuals responsible for their own acts whether they hurt themselves as in this case or hurt someone else through a thoughtless or careless action. I feel for his children and I am sure there are some heart broken people left behind who will wonder what they might have done differently. This tragedy is still a terrible waste as with all the others we never read or hear. I have never had the desire to use drugs and do not understand the mindset that thinks it is OK or recreational.

        • docjohndenver

          Well said and I’m not at all offended. As a doc it’s tough but people around him were not in any way responsible. Usually by the end of the discussion of these things some mental health professional or pcp will be questioned publicly. We will see this time.

          • wired2comment

            I am glad- there is a lesson to be learned by those he left behind. His talent was admired by so many – and for most people this that would have been enough reason to live and prosper. I wish I could have helped him, but what you said is more important- The people who were around him are not responsible – I hope they know this.

  • Notorious_bob

    Finally! a story about this clown with which I agree!

  • Douglas Varney

    Finally !! Someone states the obvious. VERY well said and amen! This is a tragedy for reasons the mainstream are not mentioning. He will no doubt be missed but ‘genius’…. uhhh NO

  • Perpatima X

    Thank you for articulating just what I’ve been thinking these last few days. Well said

  • Kdiity

    The LSM can paint any lib out to be a wonderful person no matter how screwed up they are and there are many low info, ignorant and clueless idiots out there that eat this crap up without questioning it !! That’s how the classless libs roll !!

  • afrigeek

    The article would have been great but for the excessive attribution of the drug problem to “Leftists”. I know many conservatives who are also involved in drug abuse. We can’t ignore people like Rep. Trey Radel (R) of Florida. This is not a problem of Left or Right however much one’s politics would love to attribute it to one side or the other.

  • Connie Qsack

    afrigreek. I understand what you are saying but I don’t believe that is what he was saying. He wasn’t saying it is only a left problem but that they somehow glorify it by talking about the tortured geniuses who are hooked on it. As if somehow it has something to do with their talent. It is in a sense pushing drugs rather than discouraging them!!

  • Koissi Riley Yotcho Adjorlolo

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor, and should go down in history as such. Drug addicts are not created because of someone’s political views, and someone’s political views will not change because they are a drug addict. The mainstream media is calling Hoffman a genius because he was one, and not because he was an addict.

    One of the most sickening things from this article is the claim that (liberal) artists do their best work when they are high. Philip Seymour Hoffman was sober for more than 20 years of his life after the first time he checked himself into rehab, and in that time he completed most of his work, including his award winning portrayal of Truman Capote in 2005.

    No one’s work should be judged based on their political views. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor, just as Clint Eastwood is. Even Hitler’s artwork was great despite the atrocities he committed and the views he held. Even if Philip Seymour Hoffman was a racist it would be impossible for me to deny his acting abilities.

    When people say “Learn from Hoffman” they don’t mean that Heroin addicts can act, or will be successful. They are saying don’t make the same mistakes that he made. Jimmy Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain were very talented individuals whose lives were cut short due to their dangerous habits. That is something to mourn over, and not something to turn into a political situation.

    • docjohndenver

      If you think the far left in our culture does not promote the hedonistic, self-indulent culture that leads more commonly to drug abuse, partying, etc., you have an obvious agenda of your own. That’s okay. Most of us do. When we get into disingenuous debate is by claiming we don’t. Jimmy, Amy, Kurt, Janis, Hoffman, et al.? Anyone want to guess whether they leaned left or right? Thank you for a very well-written passionate, and hugely ironic, post.

  • Laurence X. Odhner

    Brilliant. Kevin !

  • Steampunk Sweetheart

    Not sure Hoffman was a good example-he was sober for 20 years and fell off the wagon hard, doing all his best work sober. The sad part is the left’s party culture wont’ acknowledge his best work was while he fought to stay sober. Instead (and you can see this in the mainstream coverage) they’re acting like heroin is some sort of thinking entity that sneaks up and makes you use it. There’s no connection between their worldview “IT’S MY BODY AND I’LL DO WHAT I WANT TO” and someone with the body/brain chemistry who’ll get addicted taking that first hit and ending up unable to cure themselves. Drugs (legal and illegal), abortion, sex, it’s all fun and games until someone’s life is ruined because of it then suddenly there’s a complete disconnect-OMG, what a tragedy, how could this have happened? When you know it was some Hollywood or theater person who years ago told Hoffman just try it, it’s fun. Lots of people do it. No, somehow it’s all the fault of mean people who treat addicts like criminals or evil drug dealers who…hold you down and make you take them? Hoffman was trying to stay sober and had put himself in rehab. I doubt he’d be on board with the notion that artists do their best work while high, the real tragedy of Hollywood’s response is they’re going to act like this was some tragic accident, not that their left-wing “my body, my choice, if it’s fun, do it and only prudes won’t” culture put him in the situation in the first place. I doubt he’d be okay with that, but unfortunately he’s not around to ask now. Instead he’ll be held up as a martyr to how we don’t treat addicts right and how heroin is a big scary monster, rather than a lesson in why we shouldn’t encourage drug use in the first place.

  • Sandra Williams

    Kudos, Mr. Jackson; I couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Hamish Gale

    Maybe someone can explain why the ‘geniuses’ that work in the arts require the boost of illegal narcotics to achieve their true heights, whilst those responsible for the advantages in, say, technology, engineering or medicine seem to manage just fine off the back of good old nicotine, alcohol and caffeine? And, yes, I recognise the irony of my position, but until the legal drugs are illegal, or or the illegal ones contributing to the tax base, then I feel my circle is squared enough for now!

  • KL

    Both the Right and the Left use and abuse drugs.The difference is, the Right like to pretend they are not while at the same time lecture others. Rush Limbaugh, anyone?

    • RufusChoate

      Equating the abuse of prescription drugs for chronic pain to the recreation use of heroin is comic. Thanks, irrationality lives and thrives on the Left.

      • KL

        Hypocrisy thrives on the Right,

  • floridavet

    I know a few people who could qualify for “genius.” But as far as I know, none of them are dumb enough to inject themselves with a toxic substance – on purpose.

  • RufusChoate

    Great article and my sentiments exactly. I never saw a single film by this Genius where he did come across as a blandly stupid endomorph. RIP but please stop praising him.

 
 
 
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