Andy Griffith Versus the Facts

The nation today remembers with mixed emotion the life and legacy of Andy Griffith, who died this morning at age 86. He entertained us with hilarious films like No Time for Sergeants, he warmed our hearts with the “family values” of The Andy Griffith Show, and to many he uplifted their spirits with his Gospel music singing. But when it came to politics, Andy Griffith disappointed. May we learn from his life that only a heart that is self-consciously and deliberately built on the foundation of the Word of God has a sure basis not only for salvation but also for morality, family harmony, justice, and law.

A few years ago the White House needed some good PR for its unpopular Health Care takeover. Obama set the propaganda machine in motion. 700,000 tax dollars later, formerly beloved American icon Andy Griffith is wooing us to socialism with his good ol’ boy demeanor. Perhaps you saw the ad air in your area. I posted this article back in 2010 in response to that disappointing endorsement.

But that’s right. Big bucks being spent to propagandize you with views you denounce personally, but are forced to pay for.

Of course, we have long accepted this arrangement—it’s called public education.

Now we get it fed to us in a lovable, disarming format: former small town sheriff, good ol’ boy sleuth-attorney Matlock, Gospel singer, all-American personality. Who couldn’t love whatever he says?

And he makes it sound so good: “Free checkups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud.” With a vigorous shout Andy invites us to “See what else is new! I believe you’re gonna like it.”

Indeed, I think you should see what else is new. But I doubt you’ll like it much. You won’t believe it how bad it looks:

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) had his assistants create a detailed “flow chart” based on a line-by-line study of the 2,400 pages. The result is a whole lot of chart and not much flow amidst the massive new health care bureaucracy. See a hi-res version here.

Bloomberg columnist Kevin Hassett summarizes:

The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

The viewer will note that in the chart, all flow leads to a central source, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Hassett notes her (Kathleen Sebelius’) unchecked power:

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible. So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

Obamacare is about government expansion and government control—centralized control. And I don’t care what good ol’ boy’s face you put on it, I ain’t for it.

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105 comments
Rachel
Rachel

OH good gosh the man was human like the right of us and had a right to his political views. So what he did not have your view. It's America get over it!

aculturewarrior
aculturewarrior

Many who follow the political scene (that excludes 99% of AV readers) already knew this about Andy Griffith. Griffiths entertainment that espoused a good moral message the vast majority of the time had more of an impact on America than his liberal politics. I'll remember him for being "Andy Taylor of Mayberry", a decent man with good moral values. You remember him for being a socialist McD.

Christoph Bull
Christoph Bull

What bad taste and lack of class to publish this article and these comments so close to someone's death. Another example that the American hard right has nothing to do with true Christian values.

Vic
Vic

People need to realize that Andy Griffith and Sheriff Andy Taylor are not the same. Taylor is a character. Griffith is an actor. Andy Griffith himself said that Sheriff Taylor was the "good side" of himself. As an actor, just like Robert Wagner selling reverse mortgages, he got paid to say what the payor wanted. He was probably approached, and because he liked Obama, did the commercial, for payment, of course. That's what actors do. If you look at Andy Griffith's life (divorces, three marriages), he was not perfect. I think he was probably a good man, but misguided in perhaps religion and life.

Sara
Sara

I'm with you Joel....I'm not for Obamacare either. Andy Griffith was a great actor and singer but reading this really makes me sad.

David Stovall
David Stovall

The gigantic federal government just got much more powerful. Now it can write a tax and attach 2700 pages of bureaucracy, regulation, destruction of an industry, and control of our lives, accompanied by (so far) 17,000 pages of more regulation, 800 more IRS police, and many more regulatory departments. Roberts said that is OK. Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito did not.

Marty
Marty

I think it is important for people to separate the actor from the person. I absolutely LOVED Andy Griffith, THE ACTOR, but his political views are another thing all together. He was a lifelong Democrat, probably part of the old South, "yellow dog Democrats" that just voted Democratic because of a diluted view of FDR and his New Deal politics. I live in Mobile, Alabama and have several friends who are over 70 who are that way today. My Grandfather, who died at 80 over 20 years ago, was a "yellow dog Democrat". He voted for McGovern, Carter both times, and Mondale. He didn't believe in abortion, integration and all kinds of things that these guys were for. It's really strange how that tag of "Democrat" is viewed. A lesson for us today. That's what Romney is planning on happening for him. He is a Democrat in camoflauge and I am not going to vote for him in November. I am going to write in Perry or maybe Ron Paul. I haven't made up my mind yet. But, I ain't voting for Romney. I am not going to be a "yellow dog Republican"!

Sheronica
Sheronica

I have lived in North Carolina for 34 years. Andy makes commercials for many Democrats and indeed endorced Barack Obama in the last election. I already knew he was a Democrat. Here in this State, many Democrats profess Christianity. I think the Word says "My people parish for lack of knowledge". They either do not know Scripture or they do not read up on political matters, and perhaps both. Most people who vote do so for personalities or what the media tells them. The candidate may be nothing like what is portrayed. Know what your party stands for. What is the platform? Go to meetings. Volunteer and learn before you vote. Andy Griffith was an opportunist. He was an actor and most actors do not resemble the people they portray. They act to make money. He made religious music records because they sold and he made money. I will still watch his shows because I know it is wonderful makebelieve.

Andy94538
Andy94538

Obozo said he would create production jobs. He did, in Red China, Brazil, and, of course, Kenya. He canceled American production and service jobs related to oil drilling and the Keystone Pipeline. The only American jobs he created are bureaucrat jobs for ObozoCare. These are not production jobs, but government leech jobs. Those familiar with the Declaration of Independence recognize this description of George III: "HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance." This description fits Obozo to a T. I wonder how much they paid Andy Griffith to shill for ObozoCare.

JeffT
JeffT

I guess we could cut Ole Andy some slack for being used in his elder years. But that's who Griffith was, a liberal, through and through. Doesn't make him a bad person, just reminds us that these are ACTORS reading lines.

Charles
Charles

The ones we should really be angry with are the ones that have taken advantage of the senile Andy Griffith . The liberals have no shame . Anything to advance their agenda .

Jmichael
Jmichael

Folks...I know this is a shock, as it was to me when I saw what Reagan was really all about, but "Sheriff Andy" was an ACTOR. In other words, he MADE HIS LIVING pretending to be someone other than he really was. If I'm not mistaken, the Greek word for "actor" is the word for "hypocrite" in English. We have been so utterly brainwashed. Oh, and yes, I loved the Andy Griffith Show and still love the scenes from it. It's just that Mayberry is really a fake movie set, and ALL the actors are...ACTORS!

Nick Kane
Nick Kane

Congrats AV, you have finally done it! Your advocating "Salvation through political affiliation" has began to dupe others into the a form of idolatry that has folks worshipping at the alter of the Constitution and praying through the iconoclasts of the supposed "founding Fathers". Are we really to believe that the humanistic philosophy of political or social conservatism is any less loaded with the excrement of human depravity than liberalism? Not if one is capable of exercising the gray matter located three feet above their arse. You guys can have your day to celebrate, judge and condemn others on the basis of politics for now. But those who know better, we will take refuge in the fact that when Yahshua returns, we will see "Old Glory", the Constitution, Patriotism and all the monuments to man's "liberty" utterly destroyed...burnt up...under the weight of His Glory and Sovereignty. We will also witness the fate of those who clung to such worldliness. It's really so sad to see so many who are Calvinistic in their theology, Arminian in their politics and Talmudic in their hearts. Let us not forget, the House of Judah were patriotic and nationalistic prior to 70ad as well. It seems that the more Yahweh's people change...well...you know the rest.

Mark
Mark

In the same way the Hollywood presented that a sheriff in Mayberry was a good, christian man that followed christian values; in the same way Hollywood promotes (through horror movies) the idea that Satan is alive and well today. The Word of God declares that Satan was defeated in AD 70 (the second coming of the Lord). But people love to get their ideas from the media (both news and movies) to frame their doctrine.

Beats
Beats

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paul rockwell
paul rockwell

have been a fan of andy since i was a child, it is so sad to see him so misguided and used in his last years,he needs to stick with acting and stay out of politics.

Don Stutts
Don Stutts

I am a resident of North Carolina and I am ashamed to say that Andy Griffin is too.(Maneto, NC) I grew up watching him and felt a unique closeness to him and his way of life but all of that is gone now. I will never watch another re-run of his show again. I will also think of how he sold us out every time I visit Mt.Airy, NC which used to be quite often. There will always be reminders of him in Mt.Airy such as the Andy Griffin Parkway (US-52) and The Andy Griffin Theater but those things don't seem to mean as much to me as they used to. My former father-in-law used to work with him as a young man in a furniture factory in Mt.Airy. Sorry Andy, you have blown it this time. Have a good rest of your life and I hope someday you realize just how much you sold the people out that really loved you or should I say, we loved the image that you created. Bearcat in NC

Luis D. Rey
Luis D. Rey

As far as I know, A. G. has been ALWAYS a PRETENDER, A FLIP-FLOP LIBERAL/DEMON-RAT who will sell his Soul and Dirty Behind to give the appearance of being FAIR AND JUST, That's why in some TV shows as a Dectective, his own brother used to give him a hard time because of his pious demeanor, self-righteous and moralistic attitude of a man !! Do we know HOW MUCH OF OUR MONEY THIS HYPOCRITE received from OUR MUSLIM IMPOSTOR, a.ka.a. Barry Soetoro, Citizen of Indonesia? A M E N, Luis D. Rey

Vance W. Greene, Jr.
Vance W. Greene, Jr.

I have watched Andy Griffith all my life and never have I been more dissapointed in anyone. I thought with his shows always being pointed toward sound family values that he was one of the pillars of the community. Boy was I wrong. Andy you need to get a grip! Anyone with your stature could be a sound political activist for the right. By right I mean "right". I don't see how anyone that calls themself a Democrat this day and time can stand for a platform that supports the murder of innocent unborn children, socialist ideas, and the destruction of Americal as we know it.

E D Stewart Jr
E D Stewart Jr

Just a reminder to all that Jesus himself said that no one is good but God. This includes Andy Griffith, who appears to be ruining his reputation further with this commercial.

Trinity
Trinity

I miss Don Knotts even more...Andy Griffith, in one televison moment, lost his reputation, and placed a tarnished, imbecilic crown on his inbred, redneck head.

SCPatriot
SCPatriot

Next thing you know we'll hear Opie is gay and Aunt Bea is in a burka fighting with the Taliban! And Barney is the head of the TIDES foundation!

Harvey
Harvey

Unfortunately most of hollywood, washington politicians and the good ole media are L I B E R A L. Liars, illegitimate, Bad, Erroneous, restive,agogue & most of of LOST!

Tim B in NC
Tim B in NC

Andy Griffith has always been a scuzball. I met him at a local A&P when he was pushing RITZ Crackers back in the 70's as well as later for a promotional for some beans. In the 80's he came to my town making an ALPO dog food commercial and his arrogance and rudeness was noticed and talked about by everyone in this small N.C. town for a long, long time. He was rude and obnoxious when I met him when I was 8 as well as when I was 21. He and Ron Howard supported the over-obvious socialist democrat for the U.S. presidency Barack Hussein Obama, he supported the socialist democrat for U.S. senate in N.C. Kay Hagan and the socialst democrat for N.C. governor Beverly Perdue. Even though I have never liked Andy Griffith since I met him I still enjoyed watching the Andy Griffith show until 2008. I didn't give away or sell my Andy Griffith DVD's after the 2008 so-called election, I trashed them and I won't allow my kids to watch him now either. The same goes for Ron Howard movies.

Chi Conservative
Chi Conservative

The galling thing is that our tax money is being used to sell us on this totally disgusting, out of hand and hopefully unconstitutional plan. Way too much power in the hands of the Sec of Health and Human Services. Speaking of health, why hasn't the press jumped on all of the "healthy vacations" this President and his family are taking, and have been taking on tax payer coffers. How many times did President BO go golfing during the gulf crisis, and why, since the leak has stopped and the damage seems to be less than anticipated, hasn't the ban on off shore drilling in the gulf been lifted. He is acting more and more like a Chavez style dictator.

homer
homer

wELL, LET ME SAY THAT THE lying BASTARDS in this govt have stooped to levels way to low! My mind is made up NO matter who you put in there that says he is for this healthcare system. I am NOT for it and if Andy G. is well he is wrong and If he couldn't stand up to the facts then well Andy is just one more who is wrong! I'd say I did loose respect for the man. Truth is he is an actor and all actors are liars, They play something they are NOT! So, how much do we trust even Andy Griffith? NOT! I trust in the LORD JESUS CHRIST!!! HE NEVER lied to me!! He is trustworthy. Psa 118:8 KJV Pro 3:5-7

betty adams
betty adams

I have always been a big Andy Griffith and Opie fan because of the wholesome show but have learned that they aren't what I thought they were. Opie turned out to be a big movie producer and a flaming liiberal and I vowed never to spend a dime supporting any movie he made. Andy made a movie in Arkansas a few years ago with Billy Bob Thornton that never was released to the theaters. It did come out on vidio though so I rented it and it was so horribly vulgar that I couldn't stand to watch it. The name of the movie was "Daddy and Them" I lost respect for him then and this Obamacare advertisement really backed up my opinion of him. He certainly isn't the nice country boy we all loved.

Mrs. McElwee
Mrs. McElwee

He's an old man, he's not doing any shows, he probably needs the money, so I'll just assume that's why he did the commercial. But one has to realize that most of Hollywood are screaming liberals. Look at Ron Howard, he's about as liberal as they come, so why are we not suprised that Mr. Griffin would even want this. Just because my beloved Andy Griffin is telling everyone to support this means that we have to believe what he says. Its another desparatate attempt by the Dumocrats to get things back on track since their train derailed last year and is getting worse as the months pass.

D Hood
D Hood

By Andy's own comments in an interview I watches some years ago. He claimed Francis Bavier (Aunt Bee) didn't like him, he didn't know why. Maybe the mystery has been solved.

michaelle
michaelle

I didn't know Andy was a flaming liberal. Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill
Bill

Dear Friends Let us not put ourselves in the same boat.. Name calling is never the answer.... Andy is still a good man and a good actor.... Instead of putting him down for this, let us contilnue to work to show all mankind that we are above this health care bill and show them why it is destroying this great nation of ours... Ronald Regan said it correctly ... Government is not the answer government is the problem... Andy is just expressing his political views and we greatly disagree with him... We have an election coming up,,, lets us work hard to get this anti american congress out of office.... Then work to overthrow this terrible bill, or pass a bill that will refuse to fund it... Cutting taxes and cutting out all pork, and stop bailing out failed business's will set us back onto the right path... At least it will be a start... Dr. Bill

Jerry
Jerry

Well, I was a Andy Griffith fan before this last venture of his and the Obummer administration. Realize that Andy is an "actor" and that he gets paid to say everything and "act" a certain way. Our Actor-In-Chief needs someone that people can relate to in order to really lure us into socialism willingly. I guess old Andy is needing work nowadays.

Ray K
Ray K

While good old Andy was making this propaganda piece someone should have told him that obama and his bureaucrats were pulling the plug on Aunt Bee!

Jeff
Jeff

Andy can sing and talk his way into hell. He has the cash to pay for health care. He received a good lump of it to sell out Americans. He's white trash in my book!

mgranny
mgranny

I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV. I’m not an honest, small town American, but I play one on TV. So much for the opinion of celebrities.

slysi
slysi

there are a lot of types of prositution..... unfortunately a lot of people get desperate for some reason !

katy franks
katy franks

wow very disaponting the good old america is gone and we now are following in the antichrist, just goes to show how he tries to decieve you watch out america there is more to come, read the bible .......it will tell you are future if we dont do something about it now...!!!!

Jerome Daniel Ford
Jerome Daniel Ford

What a shame, I would like to think that our country would start to recognize the importance of growing up spiritually and the likes of Andy would become the Judas Iscariots of the world

Bob
Bob

Andy jumping on the socialist bandwagon to cram Obama's crap downb our throats is going to end up costing him many, many times what they are paying him to utter those words. I for one will never watch another of his re-runs and if others follow suit it will cost him millions in lost revenue thru royalties. Choke on your treachery Andy.

Barbara Gordy
Barbara Gordy

very disappointed in Andy. Sorry I gave him so much of my TV time in the past.

Norma Miller
Norma Miller

Andy, you are awfully old to take a chance in not being in the Rapture which is surely to occur soon. And even if it doesn't come soon, you can't live very many more years. What are you going to say to God when you encounter Him? My husband has been watching Mayberry reruns and relaxes to see the old-fashioned values portrayed as something good there in this old dark liberal socialist world. No more will he watch that show. There are still good things coming from the Christian churches besides spiritual security. Our little church helps give people a financial boost every time they come to the church office looking for help to pay their utility bills and for food. It is paid for by REAL Christians digging deep down into their pockets for money they ill can afford to part with. They do not believe in ObamaCare and are very, very against it. If Obama Care is so great, why aren't Congressmen willing to live under it? How about the president? Do they have no fear of the November elections coming up? Andy, I fear for you soul. No more Mayberry reruns on our TV here! You have sold us out.

Jmichael
Jmichael

Don't know how you get all that from the fact this ministry points out the truth about politics.

Marty
Marty

Mark, You said that the Word Of God taught that Jesus returned in 70 A.D. Could you give the scripture references where that is taught? And, if the Devil was defeated on that day, how come we still have sin today? I've never heard that theology before. Thanks.

Tim B in NC
Tim B in NC

Andy Griffith does not need any money. It was never about the money, it's all about politics and his leftist beliefs. Same for Ron Howard who if he never works another day in his life, will still make money off the money already accumulated and syndication rights and percentages. I guess Opey and Andy didn't learn anything from the episode about the boy bullying Opey for his lunch money, and Opey had to light into him like a windmill in a tornado. That was redistribution of wealth, wasn't it? The same as the feel-good socialist tactics they now believe in.

Mark
Mark

Katy, The Antichrist (s) occurred in the 1st century.... While many people are ant-Christ today, it does not mean that it is the time of the Antichrist. Jesus delivered us from that in AD70. Satan is no more!!!! Please read YOUR bible.

Lee
Lee

And a vote for Romney apparently, because by your logic a non-vote for one candidate is vote for the other. So maybe that's a vote for both candidates? Vote on principle not out of fear. God is sovereign over the affairs of men.