Monday, March 14, 2011

Winston Churchill PBS

PBS documentaries of great men and women are a little too much like reading a newspaper these days. While no man is perfect, it is difficult for people to put into perspective a man's accomplishments vs. his sins. Just ask Dan Quayle what happens if you happen to not like a particular episode of Murphy Brown, for example. I think that "scandal" is what most people know about him. Or, if you are a favorite friend of the liberal media, like for example George H.W. Bush, you might be flayed in the media because of what great sin.. Yep, he doesn't like Broccoli. It almost got as much coverage as the death of Michael Jackson or even the O.J. Simpson trial.
I'm not saying that we should gloss over people. But, a little bit of perspective would be healthy. PBS often lacks that perspective and so while I learned a little bit, I can't highly recommend this program.
Winston Churchill in a nutshell: This is a man who smoked like a chimney and drank like a sailor, but when he was a young boy, he had an impression that he would have an opportunity to save his country and he spent his whole life preparing to do just that. And, when the time came, he was prepared and he did save his country and ours too.
He did not fall for the charm of "the great bear" like our own more shallow FDR. He knew the evils of communism and tried to prepare his people. He worked tirelessly to save Poland and in that he failed, but he knew liberty and when he held up a two fingered salute, it was not for peace, but for Victory.
God bless you Prime minister... We still have so much to learn from you.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill

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