Empty Days

Saturday, March 27, 2004



Bill Moyers had a very good summing-up speech on "NOW" this past Friday. I can't find it in the archives at PBS just now. Maybe it will show up eventually but I sort of doubt it, since the program is obviously not a live event and they prepare things in advance. Too bad. There was something about his speech that reminded me of the 60 Minutes "and" Andy Rooney - they're both old folks from the WWII era, the very opposite of the somewhat wishy-washy 1960's liberals; there is this, how can I put it? moral fiber about these guys that comes across very strongly. It's not just "the wisdom of old age" - it's rather a glimpse of a very different, much more straight-forward world, where things were said plainly and you knew what you stood for exactly. Those guys are not dinosaurs - they're the true fathers of modern liberalism and, sadly, most of the younger sons are bastards.

Moyers spoke of a ration-tickets book he found in his drawers the other day - and remembered how it was when he was a kid in 1943. Yeah, America was at war then and everything was "for the front" and the people back home knew where they stood on this and what they had to do - be frugal for a cause. And he asks: and where do we stand today? I wish somebody told us.
(which is why I want the transcript - obviously he said it far better:)

But that's the symbol, that ration-tickets booklet. It's a fucken symbol, ladies and gentlemen. It's a symbol of hard times and daily, normal, non-heroic sacrifices that bring a community together. It beats by a mile any bullshit that any poster or slogan can throw at you. The non-heroic part of it. The simple truth. It's simply not there at the moment - and it should be.

That's the message. Get it.

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I only discovered this "NOW" show recently. Haven't been watching tv with any sort of regularity in a very long time. Glad I found it - I had no idea some human sense could still be made on tv on a weekly basis :-0

(60 Minutes lost that status a while ago - it's driven by hype, or call it big money)





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