Where is Aaron Sorkin when We Need Him?

Inspired by Koshersalaami's post Conservatives: Anti-Family, Anti-Christianity, Anti-Country, my brain has emerged from the fog of depression lite autopilot and I'm posting something for the first time in a week.  When I was a kid I loved literature, movies and TV that depicted heroism that chose to follow the path of what was right despite the fact that the hero would inevitably lose or get lost along the way.  In order, I read and loved: The Gospels of the New Testament, Alfred Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King, T. H. White's The Once and Future King, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Joseph Heller's Catch-22  and Richard Fariña's Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.  I was an avid fan of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek,  all great stories about people who won and lost in their efforts to make this world a better place than they found it.

Life left it's mark on me and on his 16th birthday I gave my stepson, Kelton, a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird with this inscription:  I always wanted to be like Atticus Finch, but I turned out more like Boo Radley.

In any case these days sometimes my cynicism and disappointment carries me away and I default to flat effect depression lite autopilot.  Kosh's post and one of his responses to my commentary cast some light into the shadows where the Black Dog lies in wait and here's how Aaron Sorkin paints an uncanny picture of how I'm feeling and hoping for the best:

An American President

West Wing

Newsroom - The Opening Scene from Season One

Newsroom - Voter Fraud and the American Taliban

Newsroom - The Greater Fool

Now that we live in the Bizarro World of the Beast "45" I'm hoping that Sorkin is back to chain smoking while he bangs away at the keyboard fortified with his beloved blend of cocaine and magic mushrooms and hard at work on his next opus.  Heaven knows we need it.

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Comment by marilyn sands on March 30, 2017 at 9:57am

You're not alone.  Loved "American President" - a romantic politics/lite look at Washington that is no more. R&L

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 30, 2017 at 10:08am

:)   people   these days  oughta binge THE AMERICANS   in season 5 now   on FX   

Comment by koshersalaami on March 30, 2017 at 10:09am

I wonder why he wasn't prominent in the campaign. Can you imagine if a Democrat got him to write a few speeches?

Comment by Alan Milner on March 30, 2017 at 10:13am

You have picked out a couple of the best moments in recent television. Four out of five.  (i don't think Tea Party rant measures up to the other four.) However, the tragedy is that these are all FICTIONAL characters. That's obvious, but what is tragic is that we don't have any politicians who are capable of delivering an Aaron Sorkin moment because Aaron Sorkin isn't writing speeches for them. He's writing speeches for fictional characters. One Aaron Sorkin speech from Hillary Clinton could have changed the outcome in 2016, but we didn't get any such speeches because none of the Democratic leaders have that kind of fire in their bellies. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 30, 2017 at 10:15am

FM, Marilyn, Jon & Kosh, Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Hoping you got a lift from the compilation of clips.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 30, 2017 at 10:22am

Alan, you slipped in while I was executing a small edit.  Thanks for commenting but to give credit where it was due, Bernie Sanders certainly had his share of rhetorical moments in 2016.

Comment by Alan Milner on March 30, 2017 at 10:36am

Not even close. He never measured up to this standard and that's partly because he has this avuncular style of delivery. He doesn't do the  bombastic thing very well.

Comment by John Manchester on March 30, 2017 at 10:36am

Amen to Jonathan's comment on The Americans. Perhaps the best writing on TV today, and it's up against a lot of competition. I'm privileged to have an old friend who's a writer/producer on the show. He takes time from his busy schedule to offer me writing advice and encouragement. 

I've somehow missed Sorkin's work, aside from the fine "Social Network." Thanks Mr. Mac for pointing me in his direction. Premium cable is the new Great American Novel. 

Comment by tr ig on March 30, 2017 at 1:35pm

FMonkey, are you speaking of The Americans that are really Russians with hot assed Keri Russell? I can't get enough of that one, if so. Dark, certainly, but like Jonathan I likes it. Right now (not sure which season, maybe 2 or 3), Phillip (as if) is in process of seducing young Bonnie, daughter of some CIA operative ... she's 15 and he supplies her some potent weed. She goes on the nod so P deftly locates her Dad's briefcase and figures he'll plant the bug device there, then goes and picks her up and carries her to bed. She wakes up as he's laying her down and kisses him right on the lips like the nubile princess she is ... then her CIA pa comes home unexpectedly and P has to exit stage left like a teenager. Home to Elizabeth (as if) who asks "are you stoned?" And of course he is. It's top shelf Afghani. He recalls to her their training back in Russia when they learned to sleep with anyone, of either sex even, and make a good show of it. E queries further if he has to fake it with her (I would certainly think not!) and he replies, "sometimes, but not now" ---fade to black as they get busy. 

Yeah I know, this is about Sorkin JMac

Comment by Alan Milner on March 30, 2017 at 1:43pm

Seriously, guys?  Okay, I watch Once Upon A Time and the Blacklist but The Americans?   


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