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Conservative Movies, Books and Music of the Year

New Year’s means it’s list time. I’m sure many conservatives will offer their top ten lists of books of the year or decade. Others may offer movies. But if you really want to get your finger on the pulse of the nation, our greatest form of art is still music.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR: The Hurt Locker

Over the past five or so years, we have been inundated with lame, politically correct movies about wars and intrigue in the Middle East. To the dismay of Hollywood, they’ve bombed. All 943 of them, or 875, or something like that. I lost count.

Unfortunately, I think the topic was so belabored and unpleasant, that people overlooked ‘The Hurt Locker’. It also didn’t get promoted like other more politically correct war movies. It sort of came and went. It is not a “Republican” movie or a “Pro-war” movie. Its just an awesome war movie. It shows the Iraq War in all its intensity without political judgment. American soldiers are depicted as exceptional professionals, conscientous and human. The bad guys are bad guys.

If you are like me, you may have been leery to watch a film about the Iraq War because you didn’t feel like being lectured by a bunch of liberal Hollywood scumbags, don’t worry. See it.

BOOK OF THE YEAR: Going Rogue: An American Life

As I write this, Sarah Palin’s book still sits on top of the New York Times bestseller list. The book is breaking records and is on pace to become the best selling political memoir of all time. Presently, it is the number three book in the Bay Area market and that is driving liberals in San Francisco so insane that stores are starting to ban her book. She could win for that fact alone. The Audacity of What? I can hardly remember.

But more importantly, its a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I usually dont like political memoirs. Often, they are too boring and self-serving. This was one of the few memoirs that I had a hard time putting it down. I burned through it.

Palin did an amazing job interweaving the personal and the political. She somehow held my interest on the most mundane subjects like ACES and the IOGCC, while opening up on the most personal aspects of her life, such as her first kiss and her miscarriages. As her book skyrocketed, her numbers have steadily risen and that is no coincidence. Many people, not typical conservatives, picked up her book out of intrigue or curiosity and got a good dose of genuine conservatism. And that’s a good thing.

SONG OF THE YEAR: Chicken Fried

Its only fitting for a Georgia based blog. Zac Brown’s jam hit a nerve and thrusted his band from obscurity to stardom almost overnight. Many of the themes are familiar to country music, but few songs are composed as well. It is a simple ode to home, country, family and all the little things that we love and fight for. People all over the country jammed to this little ditty. How could one not with lyrics like:

And its funny how it`s the little things in life that mean the most
Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
There`s no dollar sign on a piece of mind; this I`ve come to know
So if you agree have a drink with me
Raise your glasses for a toast
To a little bit of chicken fried

Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio on
Well I like to see the sunrise
See the love in my woman`s eyes
Feel the touch of a precious child
And know a mother`s love

I thank god for my life
And for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly, let it reign.
Salute the ones who died
And the ones that gave their lives
so we don`t have to sacrifice
All the things we love
Like our chicken fried

Any suggestions?