Get d'Clu

Get a clue & wake up! The best way to lead a nation astray of its values is to keep it ignorant of its history.

The world according to Dragnet

Joe Friday and Bill Gannon, the quintessential 50’s guys, give a March 1968 speech and give us a much needed editorial on today’s current events as well…  I love the last lines.  Hat tip to Dragnet writer Preston Wood and the cast for this amazing scene (Go to http://www.youtube.com/watc…to see the original).  Tip also to the wideawakes at American Vision for outing it.


 

“[You’re not] the first generation that’s come along that’s felt dissatisfied…  Let’s talk poverty.  Most places in the world, that’s not a problem; it’s a way of life.  And rights?  They’re liable to give you a blank stare because they may not know what you’re talking about.  The fact is, more people are living better right here than anywhere else ever before in history… it’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than when we grew up: a hundred men standing in the street hoping for one job; selling apples on the street corner…

“You’ve probably never seen a ‘Quarantine’ sign on a door and none of your classmates are crippled with polio…  Maybe it’s because you’ve grown up on instant answers…  Some problems you can’t get quick answers to no matter how much you want ’em…  Show me how to get rid of the capacity for human beings to show that they’re somehow justified in stealing from someone…  I don’t think we’re telling you to lose your ideals or your sense of outrage – that’s the way things ever get done…  Don’t break things up in the name of progress… or hit some guy over the head… with a placcard stick to help him see the light – be careful of his rights!  Because your property and your person and your rights are any better than his.  And next time you may be the one to get it.  We remember a man who killed 6 million people and called it ‘social improvement’.

“So hang in.  Don’t try to build a new country, make the old one work.  It has for over 400 years.  And by the world’s standards, that’s hardly more than yesterday.”

This speech reminds me why my parent’s generation was called the best.  Would that our politicians to speak like this about our country.  Truly the art of oration and inspiration, the kind of JFK’s “what you can do for your country” speech and Reagan’s “tear this wall down” demand of Gorbachov, is une relique ancienne.  Any Patriots who have a golden tongue??

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September 8, 2009 - Posted by | Citizen Patriotism, Culture, Politics, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , ,

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