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29 May, 2024

Don’t Commit National Suicide: Ken Burns’ Warning

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Don't commit National Suicide warns Ken Burns

Ken Burns Suspends 'Longstanding Attempt At Neutrality' to Utterly Torch Trump

"Filmmaker Ken Burns ditched his trademark political neutrality during an undergraduate commencement address at Massachusetts’ Brandies University to warn what will happen to the U.S. if former Trump wins back the White House. Burns said he had “to suspend my longstanding attempt at neutrality” because “there is no real choice this November.” - HuffPo

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost fifty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. He directed the landmark television series The Civil War. This film was the highest rated series in the history of American Public Television and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere.  The New York Times called it a masterpiece and said that Ken Burns “takes his place as the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.” 

Watch Ken Burns entire 22 min video address at Brandies University on YouTube. Or go straight to some of the highlights with these video bookmarks and transcript we created with the AI powered SayWhen app.

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There is no 'them'. There is only 'us'.

If I have learned anything over those years, it's that there's only “us.” There is no “them.” And whenever someone suggests to you, whomever it may be in your life that there's a “them,” run away.Othering” is the simplistic binary way to make and identify enemies, but it is also the surest way to your own self imprisonment, which brings me to a moment I've dreaded because it forces me to suspend my longstanding attempt at neutrality.

Do not commit national suicide

The presumptive Republican nominee is the opioid of all opioids, an easy cure for what some believe is the solution to our myriad pains and problems. When in fact, with him, you end up re-enslaved with an even bigger problem, a worse affliction and addiction, “a bigger delusion” and our national suicide as Abraham Lincoln prophesied. - MSN

There is no real choice this November. There is only the perpetuation, however flawed and feeble you might perceive it, of our fragile 249-year-old experiment or the entropy that will engulf and destroy us if we take the other route... Do not be seduced by easy equalization. There is nothing equal about this equation. We are at an existential crossroads in our political and civic lives. This is a choice that could not be clearer." - Ken Burns

TakeAway: Don't commit national suicide. Vote for President Biden and Democrats.

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