Tony B.: “To mark the onset of the impeachment trial, I wish each Senate juror could absorb this perspective-rattling speech first thing Tuesday morning as she or he begins to parse truth from falsehood, to put constitutional principal over personal gain: Charlie Chaplin’s eight-minute exhortation to defend democracy at the end of The Great Dictator.”
(Hey: why are there no women dictators?)
And while we’re watching movies, have you seen The Great Hack? Just as the book Rat F**ked explains the RedMap plan by which Republican gained control of Congress and state legislatures with a minority of the vote, so this Netflix explains how we got Trump. It’s the Cambridge Analytica story . . . and it’s gripping.
Gripping, too — The Report, free on Amazon Prime, with Adam Driver and Annette Benning (as Senator Feinstein) . . . and John McCain as John McCain. I almost stopped watching in the middle of the torture scenes (oh, sorry: enhanced interrogation; we don’t torture) because what we did was so truly awful. But don’t quit. And as it ends, consider that Trump believes torture is okay. If anything, says the man with the bone spur, “I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
Quote of the Day
To the BELOVED REPUBLIC under whose equal laws I am made the peer of any man, although denied political equality by my native land, I dedicate this book with an intensity of gratitude and admiration which the native-born citizen can neither feel nor understand.~Dedication to Andrew Carnegie's Triumphant Democracy (Scribner's, 1886)
Request email delivery