(onald Bain, o& corse, %as one o& the screen%riters &or the poplar television series
Murder, She Wrote.
hat series starred 4ngela Lansbry as a #indly old %riter o& detective stories living in Maine. 4ngela Lansbry, o& corse, also starred in the &ilm version o& the ;ondon novel,
The Manchurian Candidate
. he &ilm also starred 6ran# Sinatra, not a stranger to by=antine plots and organi=ed crime scenarios. Most importantly, thogh, the &ilm %as directed by 9ohn 6ran#enheimer, the director %ith %hom Bobby >ennedy had his last meal at 6ran#enheimer7s Malib beach hose hors be&ore his assassination by a programmed assassin. Who %ere the other gests that evening) Sharon ate and Roman Polans#i. Roman Polans#i %as the director o& the &ilm version o&
*starring Sinatra7s %i&e, Mia 6arro%.
%i&e, Sharon ate, %old be dead a year later, mrdered by ;harles Manson7s minions. 4s ?d Sanders %old say, oooeee-ooo. hat7s %hat happens %hen yo pll at the thread o& Gerald R. 6ord.*"n the interests o& &ll disclosre, " %as once intervie%ed by ;andy 9ones on her radio program, sometime in +1. 4t the time, " had no #no%ledge o& her Manchrian ;andidate stats, or " %old have been intervie%ing
. 4ll o& this too# place in the era #no%n as the Si$ties. "t %as a time o& an npoplar %ar in a &oreign land@ political trmoil@ and the alienation o& 4merica7s yoth. We have all the elements necessary &or a revisit o& that tmltos time, e$cept &or the latter. 4merica7s yoth are not marching on the streets, protesting the %ar, agitating &or political change. here is a reason &or that, o& corse, and don7t thin# the Po%ers hat Be are not a%are o& it. here is no (ra&t.Since 4merica7s yoth is not being directly con&ronted %ith the possibility o& being called p and sent to die in "ra5, 4merica7s yoth is basically nconcerned abot the entire event. "n &act, " am appalled by the total lac# o& interest in anything remotely political, &oreign, or historical by these, or &tre leaders. We have someho% managed to raise a generation o& George :.W. Bshes. 4nd %e sa% ho% that trned ot. 'atrally, the level o& cynicism among the yoth is %hat contribtes to this startling enni. What else has happened this year) We had an importart religios leader, the &ront man &or the ?vangelical movement , e$posed as a man %ho &re5ented male prostittes %hile doing crystal meth. We had another religios leader call &or the assassination o& the president o& Aene=ela, the same gy %ho said that the people o& 'e% 8rleans deserved :rricane >atrina. 8r moral leaders are obviosly emperors in ne% clothes, and or yoth is smart enogh to see that.oday, in ;hina, the ;ommnist Party has lost its moral athority and that means great and terri&ying changes %ill ta#e place in that contry ntil a ne% moral athority asserts itsel&. What %ill happen to the nited States i& %e lose
moral compass) *" don7t mean i& or political leaders and religios leaders lose their moral compass@ that ship sailed a long time ago. " mean or people, or average people, the people %ho ma#e this contry %or#. Where %ill they trn) "& %e can7t trst the priests or the ministers, the ;atholics or the ?vangelicals *and %e are all scared to death o& the imams, than# yo 6o$ 'et%or# and the 2 ;lb %hat options do %e have) 8rthodo$ 9daism) Perhaps. "t %old be a re&reshing change to see or yoth stdying the orah and the almd@ they might begin to nderstand ;hristianity a little better! Bddhism) oo Beatles in the Si$ties, right) Santeria) Macmba) Palo Mayombe) Aodon) 4 little too ethnic &or Middle 4merica) he problem may not lie in or religions, bt in or religios organi=ations. :ere7s a thoghtC
what if our moral !uidance did not come from human ein!s
) What i& or moral compass %as set not by the priests bt by the te$ts themselves) What i& or only recorse %as to the Bible, the orah, the Dran, the Aedas, the panishads, the 4nalects o& ;on&cis, the (ao (e 9ing, the Stras) Why, that %old be li#e actally re&erring to the (eclaration o& "ndependence, or the ;onstittion! hat %old be li#e bilding or political vie%point on
sacred te$ts! What a concept!