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Is America Still the Greatest Country In the World?

Jeff Daniels In “The Newsroom” Answers This Question

This TV series by HBO wreaks emotional twists and turns amongst conservatives and liberals both. Which side was this show on? As McAvoy said, “I voted for candidates run by both major parties.”

Question addressed to Will McAvoy: Why is America the greatest country in the world?

TRANSCRIPT OF WILL’S SPEECH:

“Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius, the Declaration of Independence is for me the single greatest piece of American writing.

It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor, that’s my answer.

Yes. Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he (other panelist) gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches.

You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart, how come they lose so God d**n ALWAYS!

And (to other panelist) with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, BELGIUM has freedom. So, two-hundred-seven sovereign states in the world, like one-hundred-eighty of them have freedom.

And you – sorority girl – yeah – just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is: there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.

We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.

Now none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the F**K you’re talking about! Yosemite???

We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people.

We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest.

America Isn't the Greatest Country Anymore. ~ Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

America Isn’t the Greatest Country Anymore. ~ Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

We built great big things, made unGODLY technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy.

We reached for the stars, acted like men.

We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior.

We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t… we didn’t scare so easy.

We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.

America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Enough?”

~~~

In the locker room, Will is asked, “What the hell was that all about?”

He replies with rueful sardonicism…

“I’m sorry, I’m taking medicine for vertigo and I think it works because I’ve got it…”

~~~

The Newsroom DVD on Amazon - Full First Season

The Newsroom DVD on Amazon – Full First Season

The Newsroom DVD Starring Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterton

“One of the Most Intelligent and Informed Series Ever on Television”

“This show is so great that nothing I think of to write in this review seems quite good enough.”

The Newsroom has caused as much conversation about creative and cultural tunnel vision as the HBO series’ creator sparks himself. Aaron Sorkin was the brains behind TV’s The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well as screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball (with Steven Zaillian), and A Few Good Men (based on his play), among others. Wielding a sort of totalitarian imprimatur that marks everything he does, Sorkin is the subject of much adoration and derision, both of which have been heaped on a show with a distinctive voice that can be as long-winded, blustery, and full of idealistic intellect as most of its characters. The Newsroom is set in a sprawling simulacrum of the nerve center for a fictional 24-hour cable news network, with only a few segues into the boardrooms, bars, and apartments. The prime-time anchor is Will McAvoy, a vaguely Republican veteran reporter whose crisis of faith in the media and dedication to the fundamentals of journalism causes a meltdown in the premiere episode. Before he knows it, he’s launched into a public diatribe about how America isn’t number one, an event that ultimately drives him to form a new path for his show. Helping him craft a purer angle that’s poised to cut through the noise, mundanity, and ennui in TV news is a new production team headed by producer MacKenzie McHale. She’s an ex-lover who jilted Will, but who also happens to be a firebrand of passion, integrity, and battle-scarred honor. Alan Sorkin wrote “The Social Network.”

More Interesting Titles

Homeland - Season 1 DVD

Homeland – Season 1 DVD

Homeland: The Complete First Season

The focus here is on the specter of domestic terrorism. When Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), missing and presumed dead for some eight years, is found disheveled, disoriented, and alive in Iraq, he’s regarded as a hero back in the States. But Agent Carrie Mathison (Danes) isn’t so sure; in fact, she’s convinced that Brody was “turned” by the notorious, bin Laden-like terrorist leader Abu Nazir, and is now part of an ambitious scheme to kill Americans on their own soil. The fact that she has no proof and precious little support within the CIA–only mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and a couple of others give the slightest credence to her theory–hardly deters Mathison. She’s persistent, to say the least. But she’s also obsessive, unstable (bipolar, to be precise), and reckless, all too willing to do things illegally and prone to making choices throughout the season that put herself and those around her in serious jeopardy, both physically and psychologically.

Homeland: The Complete Second Season (2013)

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