View from Twenty-Two

I would always rather be happy than dignified.

Walk and Talk the Vote with the cast of the West Wing.

Best. Thursday. Ever. 

“A new amendment we vote on declaring that I am equal under the law to a man? I’m mortified to discover there’s reason to believe I wasn’t before. I’m a citizen of this country. I’m not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not have to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old white men.”

—   

The West Wing, “17 People”

A particularly salient point in our current political climate. 

Rob Lowe (a.k.a. Sam Seaborn) on American politics and ‘The West Wing’

The West Wing, Season 4, Ep. 4: "The Red Mass"

Donna:

"Look outside the cave."

Josh:

Right. That's from an old paperback called "The Republic" by Plato. Lucky Tomba's been able to fit on fortune cookie so it suits the attention span of the Republican nominee. Here he quotes Robert Frost. "Good fences make good neighbors." Did he talk about that?

Donna:

Yeah.

Josh:

What did he say?

Donna:

Basically, that if you stay within your personal space, you'll end up getting along with everyone.

Josh:

You had to study modern poetry.

Donna:

Yes.

Josh:

Is that what Frost meant?

Donna:

No, he meant that boundries are what alienate us from each other.

Josh:

Why did he say "Good fences make good neighbors?"

Donna:

He was being ironic, but I still don't see...

Josh:

What does this remind you of? "I believe in hope, not fear." "I'm a leader, not a politician." "It's time for an American leader." "America's earned a change." "I before 'E' except after 'C'!" It's the fortune-cookie candidacy! These are important thinkers, and understanding them can be very useful and it's not ever going to happen at a four-hour seminar. When the President's got an embassy surrounded in Haiti, or a keyhole photograph of a heavy water reactor, or any of the fifty life-and-death matters that walk across his desk every day, I don't know if he's thinking about Immanuel Kant or not. I doubt it, but if he does, I am comforted at least in my certainty that he is doing his best to reach for all of it and not just the McNuggets. Is it possible we would be willing to require any less of the person sitting in that chair? The low road? I don't think it is.