The new documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” attempts to understand the villainous Stone, an infamous political strategist who will forever be remembered in the political history books.
“Whenever something dark and sinister is happening in our politics, Roger is inevitably lurking in the shadows,” says Morgan Pehme, co-director of the newly released Netflix film.
Stone is referred to as a prince of darkness multiple times during the film, it seems to be the one defining trait that truly embodies him, or so this documentary would like you to believe.
Stone knows he is often characterized as a dirty trickster. He knows he is hated by the left; he just doesn’t care.
“I revel in your hatred, because if I weren’t effective, you wouldn’t hate me.”
Roger Stone understands that being talked about and leaving an imprint on this world supersedes living an unknown controversy-free lifestyle.
Stone puts it simply: “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”
Much like Donald Trump, Stone is a fighter. He’ll do whatever it takes to win, within the rules of course.
Much like the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, 2016 was a turning point in America’s direction and place in the world. Also like 1980, voters chose a bolder America, after many years of an America in decline.
When the fate of Western Civilization is at stake, ethics are justifiably thrown out the window. Roger Stone understood that, and to him, the ends are what justify the means.
If you can wrap your head around this, you shouldn’t hate Roger Stone.
Stone’s Influence on Politics
Stone’s political origins of becoming a young conservative started with obtaining a copy of Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative.
He became a confidante of President Nixon and was destined for political achievements when he was the youngest person called before the Watergate Grand Jury at the age of 19.
Stone has a long history in Republican politics. He worked in the Nixon and Reagan White Houses, and also helped elect both Bushes and newly-elected Donald Trump.
His favorite president he worked with was Nixon. From his Nixon tattoo to his large collection of memorabilia to occasionally throwing up the v-signs, Stone is most certainly a Nixonite.
The film also mentions and critiques Stone’s lobbying firm from the 80’s, and claim he along with Paul Manafort and others were the catalyst for the modern-day lobbyist sleazeball.
A bit of a stretch if I ever heard one.
Stone left the Republican party after the Enquirer story on his swinging second marriage got him cut from Bob Dole’s campaign. But that didn’t get rid of Stone for good.
Once in an insider, Stone became an outsider and operated from the shadows pulling political strings.
Being the prince of darkness he is, Stone was behind Pat Buchanan switching his presidential run to the Reform Party in 2000, and was also behind Al Sharpton entering the 2004 Democratic primaries.
And then of course there’s Donald Trump. When talking about the political rise of Donald Trump, it is impossible to not mention Roger Stone.
Stone has been the architect for a Trump presidency and urged Trump to run for decades. Once an advisor to the campaign, the two had a falling out but today remain on good terms and speak from time to time.
Surely, the importance of Roger Stone to Donald Trump becoming President can’t be overstated. However, I would’ve liked to have seen more of Stone’s time in the Nixon White House, his affection toward that former president has no doubt shaped who he is today.
An interesting fact that I learned from the film was that Stone’s famous Richard Nixon tattoo on his back is not necessarily political, but a personal reminder to never give up and always get back up.
Richard Nixon was a man that never gave up, although much to his dismay.
The film also lists some of Stone’s rules. Some of the best being:
“Attack, attack, attack. Never defend,”
“Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack”
“Nothing is on the level.”
If you like and admire Roger Stone, or even seek more information about him, I strongly recommend this.
I’m a fan of Roger Stone, and even gave him a spot on my top five political commentators list, so watching this was an absolute must for me.
And even if I wasn’t a huge fan, I’m a connoisseur of political documentaries, just as I’m a junkie of all political media.
When the film showed him as a frequent guest on Infowars, I couldn’t help but smile as I was ahead of the curve and watched many of those interviews when they first aired.
Of course they slander him and Alex Jones as alt-right conspiracy theorists.
Stone wasn’t completely kidding when he made light of the fact that these were liberal filmmakers.
The film tries to balance out perspective with interviews from Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson and Stone himself, but does little to change the narrative and satisfy audience appetite for opposing views.
The theme of Stone being a dirty trickster is constant, almost to the point of being rammed down viewers throats.
However, in the filmmakers defense, it is essential to the man’s legacy. Love him or hate him, Roger Stone knows politics and he plays to win.
I went into the film being a fan of Stone, and left remaining one. In fact, my admiration for the man probably grew during the film’s run-time. Ruthlessness can be quite the virtue.
Sure, anyone can read a Wikipedia page, but what I loved about this doc is that it delves into Stone’s mindset, attitude and views on life.
I don’t care if Roger Stone was a dirty trickster. The man is smart and tough and those are two traits that carried him far in his career.