Beautiful thoughts. Hear them and weep, America. They don’t just apply to supporters of the Tea Party, but many of our countrymen.
Capitalism may yet be the destruction of our great nation. Socialism should be avoided, yes, but either economic dogma in their extreme would be disastrous.
Witness to the affirmative: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_Act (and the repeal of said Act)
To all the pretenders that use misguided aberrations of history to further their political ambition (ie Tea Party, Occupy), you are mocking the sacrifices of some of the greatest men (and women) to have ever lived. You are hurting America by tainting the good record of these men in the eyes of posterity. You’ve done more to betray this nation than any of your political opponents.
In recent years, the media has been a place to make ones career. To seek fame, to drive ratings, and to coddle the masses with useless pandering. Walter Cronkite never once bowed to that pressure, mainly because it didn’t exist back then. It is unlikely that in this modern day and age that he would bow, but would likely be forced out of television for his unwavering commitment to his moral compass. He was a great man.
This video is perhaps his most profound moment on television. An entire nation trembled in fear as he removed his glasses, communicating the facts without wavering. He knew that if he failed to retain his composure it would hurt morale, so stoically he reported the death of a beloved president.
Jon Stewart. Perhaps a liberal, perhaps a comedian, but a champion of the battle for reason. Despite any bias you might attribute to him, he has done and is doing more for the electorate of this nation than many. Bravo.
Morgan Freeman on the ever present plague in the US, if not the world, that is racism. He shares his belief that if people stop talking about it that it will die off. Because it is an idea, one that survives only as often as it is mentioned, racism lives in the hearts and minds of those that would have it live. No one in America really believes that another race is inferior. Instead, this idea is fostered because it serves them in some material way. It benefits certain groups to discriminate against certain demographics, and often the only way they can justify their selfishness is to label them inferior. Is it wrong? Certainly. But if everyone just stopped entertaining the concept, it would no longer be profitable. Much in the same way one ignores an obnoxious sibling on a long car trip, one must ignore the obnoxious notion that white is better than black, or vise versa.
Start at 8:57.
If you can stick it out, and watch this speech, you will not regret it. Michael Crichton (author of thriller hits such as Jurassic Park) flexes the great mind that everyone could see behind his prose, and shows that the way people reason these days is grossly inadequate and irrelevant in the face of nature and complex systems.
The world lost a great servant to reason and higher thinking the day Michael died. We would be lucky to have someone of half his mental and moral caliber fill the void he left behind.
This is a clip from the HBO documentary John Adams, based on the biography of the titular character by David Mccullough. John Adams delivers a speech to the Continental Congress aimed at ending the deadlock between the Loyalists and the Separatists. I wish everyone these days cared as much as those men did, or at least tried to care like them.
Admiral Stavridis, the Commander of USEUCOM, and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives his view on international security in a world of increasingly international threats. ADM Stavridis is a visionary leader and is clearly not weighed down by the dogma that the United States is a standalone power, merely one of many countries that need to engage this growing threat.
Sir Ken Robinson, an educationist, believes that the way we are teaching children is not only failing to reinforce their creativity, but it is endangering it.
An incredible and alternative point of view on the war in Afghanistan.
One of many pieces of wisdom to come.
President Bartlet, the West Wing, and the throat cutting wisdom the show is known for.