Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Roosevelts--An Intimate History


ANOTHER REASON TO GET OUT THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE.  KEEP FDR ALIVE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE ONLY VEHICLE FOR THAT.  SIGN UP TO VOTE ALL MINORITIES, AFRICAN AMERICANS, HISPANICS, WOMEN, THE YOUNG, THE DISABLED, THE ELDERLY AND ALL THOSE YEARNING FOR JUSTICE.  VOTE WHETHER REPUBLICANS TRY TO OBSTRUCT YOU FROM ENJOYING YOUR BASIC FREEDOM OR NOT--THE RIGHT TO VOTE.  PASS THIS AROUND TO ANY YOU CHOOSE!

"The Roosevelts--An Intimate History" is
FABULOUS PBS programming by Ken Burns.  Again and again Ken Burns staggers me with his brilliant documentarian efforts from "Baseball" to "The Civil War" and to now to "The Roosevelts--An Intimate History." How much genius can exist in one man?   (See links to info below.)

I ignore my boycott of certain PBS programming which I see may not be influenced by the Koch Brothers. I continue to boycott PBS by not contributing money and not viewing that which I know is influenced by Koch's, in my view, hostile takeover of PBS and NOT polluted by Koch billionaire right wing extremist money. I'm waiting for PBS to air "Citizen Koch" which, of course, was squelched.  Maybe then I will rethink my stand.

Thank you, Ken Burns, for this masterpiece about a family I adore. I make no secrete of loving, especially, FDR. I went to Hyde Park to see his home and his presidential library.  I saw FDR's, Eleanor's and their dog Fala's graves.  I stood there and cried for a nation that once was on a trajectory for helping the 98% but has morphed now into an ugly Republican oligarchic takeover by the 1% richest. Even Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, wanted a more egalitarian nation and his trust busting emanated from that much to the chagrin of his own Patrician class.

How I long for the leadership of the Roosevelt era. The social conditions were nasty but the leadership reached Olympian Heights. My FDR, whom I never knew except through my parents' eyes, I love him even now. May someone come along as great as he to save our nation from the oligarchic obstructionist Republican reign of terror nightmare of division it is. I keep looking for that leader but do not see him/her ... yet!

See link here or http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-roosevelts