Learning from the best, part 6

If fidelity to freedom of democracy is the code of our civic religion, then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten commandment that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.

– President Josiah Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen (and written by Aaron Sorkin), in the West Wing episode “In the Shadow of Two Gunmen Part 1,” giving a speech to a group of diary farmers during his first campaign for president.

I thought this seemed appropriate, in light of the debates currently raging about the crushing debt being passed to our children and what we should do about it.

  1. Persto said:

    Josh jumped on-board after that little speech. My favorite West Wing quote is:

    The problem is I don’t want one drink; I want twelve.

  2. kipp said:

    Ha yes sir. I thought the way they dealt with and explained Leo’s alcoholism was really good and accurate, such as the analogy of “saying that an alcoholic drinks because of a lack of willpower is like saying an anorexic has an overdeveloped sense of vanity.” The episode when Leo testifies before a Congressional committee, and has flashbacks to a relapse (I think it was “Bartlett For America”) is one of my favorites.

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