Friday Flashback: 'The West Wing' Destroys Liberalism in 90 Seconds
Here's why The West Wing worked so well as a TV show: even though it was written by liberals about a liberal administration, we never got the sense the writers hated the half of the country who disagreed with them. A far cry from a lot of leftists making TV shows and movies today. Every so often, The West Wing steered a little to the right (see ‘West Wing’ Flashback on Islam: They’ll like Us When We Win and FLASHBACK: ‘The West Wing’ Nails Real Racism vs. Being an Entitled Pansy).
Check out this scene on gun control. You'll love it.
Let's see if there could possibly be any other reason why I wouldn't want to work in this White House. This White House that feels like the government is better for children than parents are. That looks at 40 years of degrading and humiliating free lunches handed out in spectacularly failed effort to level the playing field and says, "Let's try 40 more." This White House that says if anyone points that out, they are called cold and mean and racist. And then accused Republicans of using the politics of fear. This White House that "loves" the Bill of Rights. All of them. Except for the second [ammednment].
Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) tried making the gun control argument. Not today.
Yes, some people like guns. But you know what's more insidious than that? Your gun control position doesn't have anything to do with public safety. And it's certainly not about personal freedom. It's about YOU don't like people who do like guns. You don't like the people. Think about that the next time you make a joke about The South.
I guess we only see this kind of logic about guns in a fictional television show about politics. Because in the real world, what we get is a lot of focus-grouped, milquetoast gobbledegook from our political betters in DC. Doublespeak from idiots too afraid to take a stand for what's right. If that stand conflicts with whatever lobby is funding their campaign that election cycle.
Alas. If only reasoned thought found its way into DC.