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 Foolish Monkey on March 30, 2017 at 9:44am

I hope so too.  I CRAVE it = crave something that speaks to the pure american dream. 

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 Foolish Monkey on March 30, 2017 at 11:47am

Not to be contentious but we hate the Americans. Its so damned dark and depressing. Everyone is miserable. I think we made it through season one but just barely.  I don't mind dark but relentlessly dark..? Cant stand it 

 

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