John Kerry is the kindest,bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.
Tonight I watched the greatest presidential nomination acceptance speech ever. It was quite rousing. Some of the best stuff: “Nor would I ask of any fellow American in defense of his freedom–that which I would not gladly give myself — my life before my liberty!”
Of course, that’s all the further Benjamin K Arthur got with his speech before the shooting started.
This may have been the most rousing acceptance speech ever. I was pleased that the delightful Keys Cinemas in Indianapolis have performed the public service of showing the classic original 1962 Manchurian Candidate on the big screen. Sweet.
Of course, the big speech was Angela Lansbury’s talk with her son Raymond minutes earlier, climaxing with “when I take power, they will be pulled down and ground into dirt for what they did to you. And what they did in so contemptuously underestimating me.” You really need to see her face on the big screen, the quiet intensity of her face blown up ten feet tall. Holy jumpin’ Jebus!
Then I watched John Kerry’s acceptance speech at the Democrat convention. Needless to say it was a letdown, but then I wasn’t expecting much. Basic meaningless boilerplate delivered about half-convincingly, although I couldn’t pick up what his Iraq policy was for today. Damn, but that was some trite boring crap that people are busy trying to talk themselves into liking.
What I’d really like, though, is to hear the speech that Eleanor Iselin (Lansbury) referred to in that same last speech. After Raymond shoots Arthur, the presidential nominee, then her husband and vice-presidential nominee Senator Johnny Iselin was supposed to deliver this “impromptu” speech that she describes.
Johnny will rise gallantly to his
feet and lift Ben Arthur’s body in
his arms, stand in front of the
microphones and begin to speak.
The speech is short. But it’s the
most rousing speech I’ve ever read.
It’s been worked on, here and in
years. I shall force someone to
take the body away from him and
Johnny will really hit those
microphones and those cameras with
blood all over him, fighting off
anyone who tries to help him,
defending America even if it means
his own death, rallying a nation of
television viewers to hysteria, to
sweep us up into the White House
with powers that will make martial
law seem like anarchy.
We never get to hear that speech, but I’d sure like to.
If John Kerry could get hold of THAT speech, he might have a chance.Powered by Sidelines