We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty
Edward R Murrow
On Boston Legal last night Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) had their first fight, over the war in Iraq.
It was so perfect to watch them fight as Alan, dressed as a Pink Flamingo, quoted Edward R Morrow “dissent should never be stifled,” Thought he said that, but found the above when I looked, and Denny, not dressed as a Pink Flamingo, said some loyalty to America rhetoric back.
Alan represented a paralegal in the firm. Her brother had been recruited for the National Guard, was going to serve one year as a trial period, and learn skills. Instead his enlistment time was racked up by 20 something years–yes, really. He was sent to Iraq and was killed trying to defuse an explosive. He had no training in explosives.
The Armed Forces are immune from prosecution, but Alan tried a novel approach through state court. He lost, but his point was made.
Though he and Denny made up, and were dressed as matching Pink Flamingo’s for the office holiday party, they mimicked, minus the Pink Flamingo part, everything that’s happening in our country now.
Their fight was sheer brilliance; brilliant words, brilliant actors looking pained and truly sad at the animosity that this war should come between the best friendship either of them ever had. I love Boston Legal for its portrayal of this friendship. One brilliant middle aged man coming to terms with the end of long youthful beauty who always lets his personal ethics and moralvalues come before the law or friendship; and one vain man also brilliant coming to terms with the end of later middle age, and maybe his mind. For a lawyer who has never lost a case, watching yourself possibly becoming demented is tragic as it would be for anybody. But lawyers can be the supreme egotists, and William Shatner shows it so well.
I overused the word brilliance on purpose as brilliance also means illumination, and Boston Legal is the only show on network TV that lights up my life. Alan Shore got in all my catch favorite words and expressions in his argument in court. Must watch it again, if you haven’t seen this episode, it will be repeated, and it was so damn on target.
People don’t love it any less for dissenting. I find the rhetoric being spewed now much more hateful than the rhetoric that was spewed during Viet Nam.
Probably because I live in New York; there was not Internet; no trolls who wander around it leaving comments about the war, and personalized comments about moralvalues.
All this hate; this divide; it’s wrong. But until dissent isn’t stifled; until people feel free to state their views without fear of some rad rightist or rad leftist leaving hate filled comments, this country isn’t really free.
It’s analogous to what was going on in DC, and now that Fitzgerald conducted an investigation people can be proud of, one that was conducted by the book and with dignity, and now that the Senate held a secret session invoking rule 21 maybe we can find out what has been happening.
I’m tired of living in a country where dissent is seen as something horrible when our entire history has been built on dissent, or people who couldn’t dissent and came here to be free.
Even if you think the war is justified, you should understand that this war has become so muddied with moralvalues, and hate for people who think differently than you do, sometimes I’m not clear as to where the real war is; in Iraq or the battle to save non-Christian’s souls, or non-practicing Christians, or to just lord it over people.
And that is said with deep sadness as some of the best people I have met on the Internet are practicing Christians. Of course they do understand that in America The First Amendment guarantees my right to say what I want to on these pages, and that I don’t hate America or Christians.
After watching Boston Legal last night I wanted to write something, but I knew it would be politically tinged, and I don’t want to alienate people who read Courting.
Sometimes I don’t know if people on the Internet feed Bill Frist and all the rest their lines, or they feed it to people on the Internet. It’s very confusing
Was just surfing BE for the first time in a long time. Came across a banner “laugh at liberals” which when clicked was a certain radical right blog that has always sickened me. I’m trying to understand how people like that find pleasure in making fun of liberals, which is anybody who doesn’t think exactly the right way, and then has the gall to tell us our moralvalues are wrong?
I would think that treating people with respect and dignity would be the number one moralvalue. Or are only people who think the right way accorded respect? I think that sums it up for me.
They’re not true Christians; they’re hate mongers. When did religion and politics become so intermingled? Are we losing all respect for The Bill of Rights?
Or do I have to respect their rights, while they can trample on mine?
I am proud to be a Democrat today, and maybe now the truth can come out. It’s been too long a wait.
And I have to stop blogging so much so that I can afford the $200 a month increase in my health care premium. Insurance is supposed to buy peace of mind, not sleepless nights, however…in this up down crazy country, health care isn’t a priority. Making fun of Democrats is.
And I think that Alan Shore prove that liberals have a sense of humor. Okay James Spader saying David E Kelley’s words. But he said them with more dignity and graciousness than anybody in a Pink Flamingo suit had a right to.