Friday, April 04, 2008

HBO's John Adams series is really great

Catch it, if you can.

Part Four of the series airs this week and it is just the best of the first four. Paul Giamatti is just the embodiment of John Adams and has brought the Founding Father to life for me. Laura Linney, who plays his wife, has the most enchanting, dancing face and her portrayal of Adams' wife Abigail is pure delight.

In parts 3 and 4, we see the fat, liberal, phoney, shallow France portrayed in all its painted silliness and it seems to me that this is what America has become at the hands of liberals. But in those days the frivolous culture in France was shown transparent by the earnest culture of the young America. Today, the pampered liberal American establishment is shown to be cowardly fools by the new, evil power of Islamofascism. Like the painted France who couldn't hold its place in the world next to the hardworking upstart America , the liberal establishment in today's America can't possibly rise to the occasion to defeat evil and it won't.

The only thing I don't like about the series is the portrayal of Thomas Jefferson as a bit of a gay fob.


Blogger Gayle said...

They portray Thomas Jefferson as a bit of a gay fob? Dang!

I haven't seen any of this series, Walker. Thanks for the head's up. :)

10:22 AM  
Blogger said...

Thomas Jefferson was a bit of a metrosexual, in his day. He liked to have other people fight his fights for him (James Madison), tended to be manipulative, and was absolutely in love with France, was dismissive of the bloodshed of the French revolution, hated being engaged in the real world of politics, and so on. In many ways, he was a classical liberal and radical--yet, unlike the modern day liberal, he was brilliant, thoughtful, and extraordinarily educated. John Adams (and others) tended to feel that Jefferson did not live in the real world--which in many ways he did not; he died hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, which today would be the equivalent to dying tens of millions of dollars in debt. Still, John Adams recognized Jefferson's substantial intellect, and his brilliance.

I haven't seen John Adams, sadly, and I'm sure the portrayal may be off--it's about John Adams, after all--but Jefferson was a bit of an enigma, an unabashed Francophile, and a bit of a hypocrit--but a brilliant and substantial man, and if liberals today were of Jefferson's caliber, we'd have legitimate debates, not political assassinations. For conseratives, some of the greatests (well known) founding fathers would have to be John Adams and George Washington.

I'm listening to the Reagan Diaries, BTW. The last politician of founding father caliber, as far as I'm concerned: Ronaldus Magnus. Man, he was just everything you could want in a president, and his diaries reveal it clearly.

10:42 AM  

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