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Some Day, They'll Elect a President 


(as John M. Badham)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Stowe
Gov. George Keller
Collie Ford
Kermit Murdock ...
Sen. Calvin Shea
Norma Stowe
Mrs. Ford
Sen. Stenberg
Ron Stokes ...
Sarah Lord ...
Yaeger's Secretary
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17 January 1971 (USA)  »

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So just who will elect what president?
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title "Some Day They'll Elect a President" is a thinly disguised reference and slap against Richard Nixon and his cronies like Ablanalp and Rebozo, and possible mob ties. Of course it's a lame-brained, 1970s styled liberal dogma of a program, and one of director John Badham's worst efforts. Can't blame him fully for in TV in 1970, the "director as auteur" was not an established matter of fact, and plots were much more writer and producer idea oriented. One must wonder if they were so apoplectic about a sitting president who proved to be pretty moderate, what would they have done had they known Ronald Reagan would be elected in 10 more years?

Still, this episode, and series in general, is full of that old-fashioned 60s-70s guilty white liberal ideation, which often culminates in cynical finales. This is no exception. True to form, we have youthful and slightly long-haired white liberal politicians bucking the old gasbag reactionary types. In these tirades passing for drama, the only saviors are the white patronizing sociocrats who know the proper way to run things for the ordinary citizens, and any woman or person of color is merely a pal or buddy in the cheering and voting section.

The alternate of this are the old-timers, always fat and gray-haired with pork-barrel bellies and wheeling and dealing in cigar smoke back-rooms. That they are a caricature is duly noted, as are the liberal idealists who are cynical in outlook, yet not duly noted.

In the story, a mob (aka syndicate in the show) member gets some innocuous help from Senator Lib's chief of staff so as to help build a factory in a small town in the Senator's home state, promising jobs and the like, but then what is the real purpose of the factory? The result of this is a lot of hand-wringing over what to do about innocently helping a mob connection that can look not so innocent in the press.

Of course, the end result is that Senator Liberal denounces the situation in great truth-speaking fashion and the deal is killed. Turns out it all had something to do with producing methods of surveillance for the mob to be able to gather information about all activities that would effect the mob in a negative way.

So then Senator Liberal, after his denouncement of the factory plan, wonders aloud that the syndicate may be prove to be the real Orwellian "Big Brother". HA HA HA HA! What a great lack of complete foresight that was. Time has proved that the real Big Brother, as Orwell predicted, is the totalitarian state that liberals create in order to promote their social schemes and silence those who oppose them.

One look at our government as it is right now, due to the policies of both GW Bush and Obama, and that one look will tell you who is the real Big Brother and the real threat to individual liberties. But something that those who wrote this kind of stuff in 1970 would have seen as the proper place to be in the 21st Century.

So let's just say that this program's writers and producers made a MISfortune telling here, and would have been better off and more realistic and spot-on to do a program entitled, One Day, They Killed a President.

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