Casablanca was on Turner Classic Movies Saturday afternoon. The acting, characters, and emotional force make it one of the greatest films ever made and my personal all time favorite. It is also the source of lines of dialogue that are so famous that even now, almost 80 years after its 1942 release, people love to quote them, even if they don’t know where they come from.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
“We’ll always have Paris.”
“I’m shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.”
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
As much as I love watching the characters deliver these lines, there’s one scene that stands out even more because it chokes me up so much: the “Play La Marseillaise” scene. I’ll set it up: Victor Laszlo is a Czechoslovakian Nazi resistance leader who has been so successful at rallying Europeans against them that they pursue, persecute, and eventually arrest him and imprison him in a concentration camp. After an unknown time of imprisonment, Laszlo escapes and makes his way, along with is wife Ilsa, to Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco (Vichy France) in search of stolen letters of transit to America. Rick’s Cafe, owned by American expatriate Rick Blaine, is a sort of headquarters for French refugees who are themselves awaiting their own letters of transit. Rick has the stolen letters but refuses to sell them or even sell them to Laszlo.
Victor and Rick’s argument is interrupted when they hear Nazi officers in the bar singing Die Wacht am Rhein, a German anthem. It’s the Nazis way of rubbing salt in the refugees’ wounds. Laszlo understands what’s happening and marches straight over to the cafe’s band and demands they play France’s national anthem, La Marseillaise. With Rick’s approval, the band begins a spirited rendition with Laszlo belting out the lyrics. Laszlo’s fearlessness in the face of Nazi intimidation inspires the cafe’s French refugees, and they leap to their feet and sing with impassioned pride.
The raw emotion as they sing makes this the most powerful moment in the film. Some believe it’s the most powerful scene in movie history. La Marseillaise eventually overpowers Die Wacht am Rhein, forcing the Nazis to surrender and take their seats in humiliation. Once again, Laszlo proves he is a force the Nazis can’t suppress or control. Major Strasser demands Sergeant Renault close the bar. Watch:
As I watched Victor Laszlo sing in defiance of the Nazi officers, it dawned on me that he is like Donald Trump. Or maybe Donald Trump is like Victor Laszlo. In essence, Laszlo is to Nazi resistance as Donald Trump is to globalist resistance. Both are fearless and indefatigable in standing up to totalitarianism, which connects with and inspires others to do the same. It’s also hard to miss that the Nazis’ reaction to Laszlo is the same as the globalists’ reaction to Trump: shut it all down.
President Trump inspired patriotic Americans because he thought like they did and spoke like they did. His “Make America Great Again” wasn’t just a political campaign; it was a rallying cry for Americans whose jobs were outsourced, whose needs were ignored, and whose values were disrespected and dismissed by the globalist elites, a cabal of wealthy establishment politicians, Big Tech, Leftist activists, and mainstream American media outlets.
Donald Trump’s win shocked and terrified all of them. From Inauguration Day on, their goal was to remove him from office. They hounded him everywhere he went, tried to overturn every policy no matter how much it benefitted everyone, lied about him and his family, leaked private phone calls with world leaders, accused him of treason, and impeached him – twice – on ridiculously false, trumped up charges. They pursued him tirelessly until they finally managed to unseat him, but only by stealing the 2020 election. In spite of this final blow, nonetheless, President Trump refused to back down or give up. His unwavering perseverance in the face of attack after attack solidified his position as leader of the globalist resistance. When he called for a Rally to Save America on January 6th, easily close to a million people showed up.
In Casablanca, Victor and Ilsa escape to America, ensuring his resistance efforts will continue. While real life doesn’t guarantee anyone a Hollywood happy ending, it’s not yet over for President Trump. He moved back to his headquarters at Mar-a-Lago, where he is continuing to promote his America First agenda. Unfortunately, the globalists are in charge of the federal government now. You’d think they’d be thrilled but they’re not. They’re still angry and obsessed as ever with President Trump and his influence, which has made destroying him their one and only priority right now.
Nonetheless, President Trump is undeterred. He has already announced that he will begin vetting new Republican candidates that he thinks can carry on his anti-globalist MAGA, America First policies. And later this week, he will address freedom loving Americans at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. It will be his first public appearance since his re-election was stolen from him. It will be the most watched speech in CPAC’s history. You know the globalists will be glued to his speech, too.
Laszlo and Trump represent that rare, put-it-all-on-the-line resistance to tyranny and totalitarianism that don’t exist in movies or real life anymore. Instead, we’re told we must conform, fall in line, assimilate to the globalists’ radical agenda or we are a danger to democracy or some such nonsense and will be canceled.
America was founded on Laszlo and Trump’s philosophy to never, ever give up, no matter how bad it may look, which is expressed perfectly in this exchange between Rick and Laszlo:
Rick: Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.
Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.