Thursday, June 14, 2007

One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (2005)

"Access of Evil"
-Amy Goodman
Oh boy, I have to say that a film that has special features like an interview with Amy Goodman has to be in my all time favorite category...NOT!
My word, she can not see anything beyond hating the USA. When you have to emphasize the thousands that died under Pinochet, you really have no idea of what real genocide/democide is, just watch S21 to get an idea. That one location had 17,000, which is more than the 10,000 for all of the 17 years of Pinochet.

So she wants to have a trial for all USA leaders, but strangely does not want to mention Clinton (air war) or Carter. And she so magnanimously said OBL should be tried also. Which allows her to equate and equalize leaders that have been elected with jihadists that want to cut off people's heads.

Brave people only vote in Haiti and East Timor, but please do not mention Iraq or Afghanistan or the former Yugoslavia...

"The old guard needs to be thrown out." Well strange if they got elected then what can Amy complain about. I am positive that she considers democracy as only things that support her points of view. This seems evident when she says we have only a right wing and a far right wing party. She has no idea how many consider Bush not even that conservative...

In the spring and summer of 1972, George McGovern, a Democratic senator from South Dakota, achieved the seemingly impossible. Backed by a motley collection of Prairie populists, old-school liberals, and young people disenchanted with the war in Vietnam, McGovern overwhelmed longtime party favorites such as Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. However, McGovern's triumph proved to be short-lived; after his initial running mate, Thomas Eagleton, was revealed to have a history of mental illness, the McGovern campaign went into a tailspin from which it would never recover, with the incumbent Richard Nixon winning the 1972 election by a landslide. However, McGovern's campaign is still remembered by many as one of the last examples of a candidate truly triumphing through the will of the people rather than working the party political machine, and given the scandalous downfall of Nixon following his re-election, many have wondered what America would be like today if McGovern, once described by Robert F. Kennedy as "the most decent man in the Senate," had won. One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern is a documentary which looks back at the McGovern campaign and explores what went right, what went wrong, and what was McGovern's true legacy. The film includes interviews with Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Gary Hart, Frank Mankiewicz, Warren Beatty, Gore Vidal, Ron Kovic, and McGovern himself. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Good morning Vietnam!
I have not watched it all yet, but if I go mad over the next two hours of hearing Amy Goodman dialog this film, I will know why. It seems to be nothing more than one long winded diatribe of USA hatred.

Can you imagine if McGovern had become President? Can you imagine a world without Watergate, without yellow ribbons, without Madison Avenue induced Patriotism,? Can you imagine that wasn't hungry?

LOL, funny. So yes no Watergate, so what? Life went on. Yellow ribbons, the war was still going on and thus to assume that is foolish. Maybe fewer ribbons but probably more boat people and Pol Pot had more time in the killing fields. Madison only feeds on people buying stuff, so not likely anyone could control that. And a world without hunger, is he serious? Unless McGovern was godlike that is an impossibility.

Ohhhh those Democrats, they saw themselves as the real people, dressed for work. The Republicans ,of course, saw them as a rabble dressed for trouble.
The Republicans didn't spend their time milling around in hotel lobbies arguing about women's rights and having black caucuses. I'll tell you that. Many of them spent their afternoons on Yachts.

How many are many? Boy I love that colorful piece of propaganda.

Don't change Dicks
In the Middle of a Screw
Vote for Nixon in '72

The Southern Strategy
General elections generally go to the man who can portray his hatred of black people in the most tactful way so he can't be caught. And they (Republicans) were masters.

Nixon's interpretation of the souther strategy was blatantly racist.

Boy what a dastardly thing for Nixon to end an unpopular war to win the elections. Instead of glorifying the win over the Hawks it is better to curse the sky.

List of accomplices:
Warren Beatty
Gloria Steinem
Gore Vidal
Howard Zinn
Gary Hart

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