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Filmmaker Defends 'Go to Hell Barack' Metro Ad

Clements: Phrase designed to capture 'magnitude of anger' at health care reform.

Independent filmmaker Logan Darrow Clements said Wednesday that his decision to use "Go to hell Barack" in a Metro advertisement was borne out of his anger at the state of America's healthcare system -- and where he feels it's headed.

"It was designed to express the magnitude of anger over our move toward socialized medicine," Clements told Patch in a phone interview.

"I'm extremely upset the government is going to take over health care. I'm not mildly upset. I'm extremely upset."

An advertisement for Clements' movie "Sick & Sicker" in the Clarendon Metro station states, "Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America's entire medical system."

It adds: "Go to hell Barack."

The language has drawn the ire of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Northern Virginia Democrat and . Wednesday, . A Metro spokesman, citing case law, said the transit authority could not pull an ad based on its political content.

"My position is that I'm pretty outraged that the government wants to get between me and my doctor -- to basically hold my life in their hands," Clements said.

"When it's all said and done… we'll be in a system likes Canada's. Some bureaucrat is going to have my life in his hands. That's outrageous. That's where we're headed. Medical decisions in America are going to be made by politicians and bureaucrats, not doctors and patients."

Clements, who is based in Los Angeles, believes the problems with this country's healthcare system began with the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid. The country should move toward a market-based system, he said, to keep costs down and quality up.

So far, the advertisement is only running in the Washington metro area -- and just in the Clarendon Metro station. The ad went up Feb. 13 and will run through March 11.

Clements said he picked the Clarendon station to display his ad because it was "affordable." The advertisement cost about $800, according to the Washington Post.

"I'm an independent, struggling filmmaker. I can't afford to spend a ton of money like Michael Moore," Clements said. "In fact, I basically positioned my movie as the antidote to Michael Moore's movie 'Sicko.' "

Clements supports Texas Congressman Ron Paul's presidential bid, and considers himself an objectivist -- a follower of Ayn Rand's philosophy -- rather than a conservative or libertarian.

Paul to a Springfield, Va., rally this week. He and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are the only two Republicans who will be on Virginia's ballot on Super Tuesday.

USMCvet March 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Lee, did you actually attack Bush for his two phoney wars that me and my wife had to fight in? Wow, Lee, I guess you know where the WMD are because after 10 years, WE STILL HAVEN'T FOUND THEM!!!!!!
USMCvet March 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Do Not Listen to Lee and his phoney "Democrats run up the deficit argument". http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/07/28/us/charting-the-american-debt-crisis.html Plus, if the GOP was serious about not pandering to us military folks for our vote, because the do, they would cut military spending. There is SOOOOOO much unbelievable waste and fraud in the military, you guys would not believe it, but unfortunately, the authors of the books who write about this don't make it into mainstream media. On another point, Clements is opening this up to attack a GOP president should one ever get into office. Turnabout is fair play.
Lee March 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
USMCvet - Thank you for your service. But in Debate 101, one learns to cite referenceable sources for data, not opinion rags. Let's go to Obama's own budget submission where I get my information from and you call a lie. I guess you're calling Obama a liar . . . http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy11/pdf/hist.pdf pages 22 and 23 . Here we learn the details of his record spending, and his record $5.3 trillion deficit. Isn't it odd that the Iraq war effort has diminished but the spending budget continues to increase to record levels. Perhaps, the Wars have little to do with Obama's record spending.
Uncle Smartypants March 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
"his record spending" --- "his ... deficit" --- "Obama's record spending" Lee - THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CANNOT SPEND OR BORROW MONEY. WHY CAN'T YOU GET YOUR MONOCHROME MIND AROUND THAT CONSTITUTIONAL FACT? Now, I want you to stop trolling Patch for the rest of the day and write the following: "Article 1, Section 8 - Powers of Congress: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;To borrow money on the credit of the United States;" - Write that 100 times on a piece of paper. But do it mindfully. Really think about what those words mean. Hope this helps.
Lee March 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Relax, Uncle Pants! I'd be upset if I were an Obama supporter too, but try to unclench your teeth and follow along. The Senate has trampled on the Constitution and not passed a budget in over 1,000 days. It has received budgets passed by the House repeatedly, but rather than negotiate as the Constitution requires, Harry Reid and the Democrat controlled Senate have decided to try and circumvent the Constitution for political reasons and not even address budget issues. This has left the US to be run via continuing resolutions. The operational budget being used is the one Obama submitted to Congress which I have referenced above. I would suggest you read a bit about this and find out how the Constitution is being circumvented. No charge for the Government lesson. Let me know if you have any other misconceptions.

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