Saturday, February 28, 2009

Baby Huey?

Happened to catch a bit of the original "All the King's Men" last night. Two scenes in particular caught my attention:

Loud cheers. Adam watches Anne. She applauds. Willie looks down at the crowd and continues his speech.

WILLIE: This much I swear to you. These things you shall have. I'm going to build a hospital. The biggest that money can buy... and it will belong to you.

That any man, woman, or child who is sick or in pain can go through those doors and know that everything will be done for them that man can do. To heal sickness. To ease pain. Free.

Not as a charity, but as a right.

And it is your right that every child shall have a complete education.

That any man who produces anything can take it to market without paying toll.

And no poor man's land or farm can be taxed or taken away from him.

And it is the right of the people that they will not be deprived of hope...


JACK: (voice over)
What if it was his bribe! He swept the old gang out of office. What if they hollered like stuck pigs? He jammed through bill after bill and the people got what they wanted.

Willie yelling at the legislators during a session.

WILLIE: I demand that this bill be passed. Nobody's going to tell me how to run this state.

Road excavation -- a bulldozer clears away dirt.

A huge crane maneuvers over a dam site. Men are seen working on the girders of a large power plant.

JACK: (voice over)
He started to build the roads, the schools, the power dams, to change the face of the state from one end to the other... His methods?

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