I believe that every american should at least watch this monologue from The Newsroom
this is my favorite post.
So so many people need to see this
It’s cute (read: not cute, frustrating) how this gifset cuts out how he addresses the person who asked the question in the first place:
…And you, Sorority Girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know.
We are supposed to understand, of course, that even though she’s on screen for a handful of seconds, she deserves to be treated like this, since she is a young, beautiful woman with blonde hair who fumbles a bit when she asks her question. Ergo, she’s just a dumb bimbo, like all ‘sorority girls’ are. She’s just voluntarily involving herself in a political discussion with her elders because… I don’t know, for attention? Certainly not because she cares.
Then there’s how he follows up to describe her and most of the people in the room:
Now none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period.
Not the generation who created and enforced Jim Crow, not the generation who let Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell go by, not the generation who got mired in Vietnam, not the generation who decided to bomb Afghanistan, not the generation who started pouring billions of dollars into the pointless ‘war on drugs’ that incarcerates half the black men in our country, not the generation of people who were turning in their neighbors on suspicion of being communists, but those lazy, entitled millenials, amirite?
Of course, the cherry on this particular turd sundae of Aaron Sorkin’s is the way the rant explodes into a paean to the so-called ‘Greatest Generation’, which should make anyone who isn’t a wealthy white male Baby Boomer want to throw up:
We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed. We cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest.
We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars. Acted like men.
We aspired to intelligence. We didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior.
We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t, oh, we didn’t scare so easy. Ha. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men. Men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
I would pick apart every line in that rant, but to tell the truth, I feel sick just reading it. This is not a cool scene or a takedown on America’s flaws. This is a rant about how great it was in the good old days, and it’s not iconic, and it’s not true, and it’s not progressive.