4 thoughts on “What’s going on in Washington”

  1. I’m in the middle of binging The West Wing. 1999 to 2006.

    They were all so young, so naive. They had no idea what was coming, and the evil that they were living through.

    People wanted the “fantasy”, they didn’t want the reality.

    The there is:

    Advise and Consent (1962) Henry Fonda, Don Murray – Drama

    Such simpler times.

    • Allynh, that’s how I punish myself every election season: Rewatching a fantasy of unrealistic government, one in which even the sleaziest of the opposition doesn’t descend to routine tactics today, one in which even the (rare) ideologues are willing to admit that there are exceptional circumstances that require more than a knee-jerk reaction. In other words, a show in which the characters — even the Bad Guys, and there are a few — take their oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, seriously, and have some concept of what pledging lives, fortunes, and sacred honors requires.

      Or you could draw the disturbing lines between Seven Days in May and the Lt Cols Vindman.

      • Seven Days In May (1964) Official Trailer – Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas Conspiracy Movie HD

        Yes, I watch that often.

        Rod Serling saw that the only way to tell certain things is through genre stories like SF, etc…. That’s why he had to do the Twilight Zone, otherwise the sponsors butchered his stuff.

        American Masters Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval

        I’m certain that his having to tell the important stuff as genre is what killed him.

        – He was constrained by the medium of commercial TV, and the fear of the sponsors.

        It’s necessary to open up in long form, to be free to get everything out in the open, without limits.


        BTW, I’m reading the sample to the Vindman book. It’s shocking in light of everything that has come out in the past year:

        – Hillary Clinton Russian collusion hoax

        – Hunter Biden Laptop controversy

        – The Ukraine war

        The context changes everything.

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