Thursday, August 23, 2012
I suppose the model is Ronald Reagan; maybe the model has been misunderstood. Reagan stood on the Capitol stops supporting an antiabortion amendment. And you know he opened his presidential campaign near the site of a famous child murder in the South, and he went to a cemetery where SS were buried. With this history, I suppose you might expect him to have the USO bring flowers to SS graves. But I don't think that would be a correct conclusion. As an actor I suppose he was sensitive to how there is inertia in a drama, a preconception in our judgments. I suppose he saw that Southerners were typecast as racists, Germans as callous murderers, those against abortion as benighted. I suppose he didn't think that an original sin had been committed which would carry forward ad infinitum in any of these groups, and this was his way of saying don't cast them with this stain of sin. Let them arise in innocence to make their own choices, be seen for their present actions.