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Filmmaker Ken Burns Compares the Tea Party to Prohibitionists
Three Fingers of Politics ^ | September 29, 2010 | Stupac

Posted on 09/29/2010 2:45:19 PM PDT by Superstu321

What do the Tea Party and the Prohibition advocates of the 1920s have in common? To most people not much, if anything at all. However, according to Ken Burns they’re very similar. In an interview yesterday with podcast host Adam Carolla, Burns had this to say about the upstart political party:

Carolla: Prohibition as it pertains to – I guess you know a lot of people draw the comparison to drugs…

Burns: you know what it’s such a stupid parallel to draw and the reason is, yea, you could talk about that stuff, but drugs have always been parts of some very rare subculture – every culture drinks alcohol, as fermented or distilled spirits. The real connection about prohibition to me the thing that there’s nothing new under the sun is that this is a story about right-wing, single issue, campaigns that metastasize it. This is the story about the demonetization of immigrants, this is story about state and local governments complaining about unfunded mandates, this is the story about smear campaigns against Democrats, this is a story about unintended consequences, it is almost exactly what’s going on now, it’s the last gasp of Protestantism. We keep these Romans from getting their wine; you know we’ll still be able to hold on; it’s like a Tea Party thing. It’s unbelievable how….

While this is a rather odd parallel for someone to make, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Burns is an unabashed liberal who has slammed everyone from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to former President George W. Bush, and did an 18-hour documentary on his love America’s national parks.

So while none of this comes as a surprise it’s a good reminder about the type of director we’re dealing with when we see his films.

(Excerpt) Read more at threefingersofpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: documentary; kenburns; pbs; teaparty
audio after the jump.
1 posted on 09/29/2010 2:45:20 PM PDT by Superstu321
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To: Superstu321
Burns has been dining out on The Civil War for twenty years.

Thats a little too long for me to care what he says today.

2 posted on 09/29/2010 2:46:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Superstu321

Something about Burns makes me want to squash him like a bug.


3 posted on 09/29/2010 2:48:34 PM PDT by Misterioso (Burning The Koran is a victimless crime.)
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To: Superstu321
I always believe people with bowl hair cuts.


4 posted on 09/29/2010 2:49:30 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Superstu321

Funny, Every Tea Partier I have talked to has wanted government NOT to tell them what they can drink/smoke/eat/do in their own houses.....


5 posted on 09/29/2010 2:49:50 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Superstu321

Burns is PBS’s own Oliver Stone.


6 posted on 09/29/2010 2:49:50 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Superstu321

At some level he is equating gorging on public debt to gorging on alcohol.

He has no idea how badly and openly evil his personal mores and political and ideological leanings appear under this comparison.


7 posted on 09/29/2010 2:50:19 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: skeeter

He’s one of Erik Rush’s negrophiles.


8 posted on 09/29/2010 2:50:48 PM PDT by Misterioso (Burning The Koran is a victimless crime.)
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To: skeeter

Odd how Kenny and most “historians” never want to talk about the impact of giving women the vote just before this Prohibitionist era. How did so many states get the necessary “push” to accomplish the Prohibitionist era? Once Kenny starts to grin when you ask this...you can just walk away and realize that he’s not much of a real historian.


9 posted on 09/29/2010 2:50:59 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Superstu321
I'll never understand how these people can be so dense. It's the left that wants to regulate your drinking, smoking and eating. It's the left that will sue you for telling an off-color joke, it's the left that are the modern-day prohibitionists, by a country mile.
10 posted on 09/29/2010 2:51:20 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

Well said.


11 posted on 09/29/2010 2:53:43 PM PDT by Misterioso (Burning The Koran is a victimless crime.)
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To: Superstu321

Ken Burns, like Ben Affleck, Steven King and other nut-job Red Sox fans, should stick to what they know best, entertaining people, and STFU about real matters.

I heard an interview recently with Robert Duvall and he scored huge points with me when he responded to a political question with a “Nobody really cares or should care what I think”.


12 posted on 09/29/2010 2:53:49 PM PDT by ssaftler (Californians: Yes on 20, No on 27. No more Jerry-mandering! (Or Jerry-browning either!))
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To: Misterioso
Something about Burns makes me want to squash him like a bug.

It's his unwarranted and unproductive conversion of oxygen into carbon dioxide.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

13 posted on 09/29/2010 2:54:50 PM PDT by The Comedian (Guns, Gold, Food - The guy with the guns ends up with all the gold and food.)
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To: skeeter

Burns is a big-time Obama water carrier. Anyone who’s seen the Civil War knows that almost every episode it was all about “racism”. The only redeeming part was that the late Shelby Foote, noted for his Civil War writings was in the series.

Going back to the interview. Carolla interviewing Burns, an unfunny overrated hack interviewing an overrated propagandist.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 2:55:19 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Superstu321

http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Ken_Burns.php

wow...a lifelong liberal doesn’t like the Tea Party? what a shock....


15 posted on 09/29/2010 2:58:06 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Superstu321

As opposed to single-issue groups that supported the Democratic Party platform, like the KKK?

This is a pretty bad comparison though. The Tea Party movement is just that, a movement. There is no head, no controlling organization or structure, no one well-coordinated and funded push for various legislation for that issue. Prohibition was forced by the Anti-Saloon League, a well-controlled, highly-structured organization that strategically had their issue pushed throughout government.

Most modern single-issue organizations (not movements, but organizations) on both sides of all issues owe their effective structures and tactics to the Anti-Saloon League, but not the Tea Party.


16 posted on 09/29/2010 3:00:26 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: pepsionice
Odd how Kenny and most “historians” never want to talk about the impact of giving women the vote just before this Prohibitionist era.

Most of the prominent women in the suffrage movement were also part of the temperance movement. They didn't just want equality, they wanted to control the men.

17 posted on 09/29/2010 3:03:53 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: skeeter

I hate it when he lets his bias intervene.

However, I give credit where credit is due.

I really enjoyed his Lewis and Clark piece, and the Shakers is one of my favorite documentaries.


18 posted on 09/29/2010 3:07:02 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: max americana
I enjoyed the series, 'cause I thought the subject of slavery, racial attitudes of the time, etc. belonged given the subject matter.

But it doesn't need to be the focus of EVERY other presentation of American history.

I watched about 5 minutes of The Story of US until I saw the Herny Gates was one of the commentators. I couldn't grab the reomte fast enough.

19 posted on 09/29/2010 3:07:33 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Misterioso
it’s the last gasp of Protestantism

Apparently, he's another godless liberal. Imagine that.

Ya know, the hardest thing for me to do is to have a Christian heart and not wish tragedy and deprivation on these people to humble them before God.

20 posted on 09/29/2010 3:07:51 PM PDT by GunsAndBibles
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To: Superstu321

Funny, I always compare burns to Joseph Goebbels


21 posted on 09/29/2010 3:09:05 PM PDT by farmguy
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To: skeeter

That is true, Gates was in it. So much for credibility. Going back to the CW, still my favorite part was when one entire episode was about General Sherman tearing it up through the South. If only Burns included his famous quote about reporters being part of the enemy and deserved to be shot.


22 posted on 09/29/2010 3:21:28 PM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Superstu321

Funny, it wasn’t conservatives pining for prohibition, it was the socialists.


23 posted on 09/29/2010 3:22:58 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: antiRepublicrat

Repeal the 19A


24 posted on 09/29/2010 3:24:30 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: JennysCool

I'll never understand how these people can be so dense. It's the left that wants to regulate your drinking, smoking and eating. It's the left that will sue you for telling an off-color joke, it's the left that are the modern-day prohibitionists, by a country mile.

Well said.

I understand it some; it's about imposing one's ego over basic human trust and self honesty. How obviuous is it with our current President? But it would take a treatise.

25 posted on 09/29/2010 3:40:53 PM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: Superstu321

Ken who?

Who cares what Ken thinks.


26 posted on 09/29/2010 3:42:15 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: Superstu321

So, he shouldn’t object when conservatives compare this administration to Marxists?
Our evidence for the claim is much stronger than his, after all......


27 posted on 09/29/2010 3:43:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Patty-cake diplomacy must give way to strong, decisive action!)
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To: Superstu321

So I say Ken Burns is a 8mm-propagandist-has-been video hack with a twisted up world view of America. You know, a Steven Spielberg without the talent, creativity, money, an eye for the frame of the viewer. Just an NPR leech.


28 posted on 09/29/2010 3:43:24 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: Superstu321
Filmmaker Ken Burns Compares the Tea Party to Prohibitionists

Viewer Vide, compares Ken Burns to lame, one-trick pony.

Crappy harmonica music <> pathos.

29 posted on 09/29/2010 3:43:36 PM PDT by Vide
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To: jnsun
But it would take a treatise.

Indeed!

30 posted on 09/29/2010 4:04:13 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Superstu321

The hilarious thing is he doesn’t realize that Prohibition came from the left...”Progressive” reformers who figured we had to ban alcohol so the drunken poor would learn to control themselves.


31 posted on 09/29/2010 4:14:52 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Superstu321

I would wager that most people that attend the Tea Parties help themselves to adult beverages.

Tea Parties are all about protecting your right to do what you want as long as it is Constitutional.

People do need to wotrry about the democrats. They are the ones who want to tell you what you can eat, what medicines you can have, and end your life if they wish to.


32 posted on 09/29/2010 4:21:46 PM PDT by dforest
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Another liberal faggot wetting his pants about the Tea Party. The elitist snobs are scared by the sight of average Americans standing up and rejecting liberal policies. The fags can't win a fight so they resort to lies and name calling. I can't wait until the day after the election.
33 posted on 09/29/2010 4:38:09 PM PDT by peeps36 (Obama, The Worst President In American History, By Far)
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To: Superstu321

He had one good documentary in him.

Putz ever since.


34 posted on 09/29/2010 4:43:46 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: Superstu321

I always thought Burns was gay.


35 posted on 09/29/2010 4:55:51 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

>>The hilarious thing is he doesn’t realize that Prohibition came from the left...”Progressive” reformers who figured we had to ban alcohol so the drunken poor would learn to control themselves.

Worth saying again, and you beat me to it.

For a historian, he sure doesn’t know his history in this area.


36 posted on 09/29/2010 4:58:12 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Superstu321

The Prohibitionists tried to impose their opinions on others, the Tea partiers just want to be left alone.
That’s just the opposite.


37 posted on 09/29/2010 5:05:22 PM PDT by Vincent Jappi (I like cats.)
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To: Vincent Jappi

I will send money to the “leave me the hell alone” party.

Change to we can vote “none” and nobody wins until they get 50% plus one. If no one gets that we vote again.


38 posted on 09/29/2010 5:15:53 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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