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Posted on 06/23/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT by Ari Bussel
Will Hamilton Berger Ever Learn? I Hope Not! By Norma Zager
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. Alfred A. Montapert
How can a society that disdains lawyers and creates lawyer jokes have been so enamored of Perry Mason?
Now an icon, Raymond Burrs character was an instant legend with television watchers. Even the reruns are popular and continue today. So what was it about Erle Stanley Gardners character that made loyal fans tune in week after week to see Hamilton Berger humiliated and embarrassed?
Thats just it. Hamilton was.
There is something in human nature that craves a certain amount of predictability. Even those who claim to exist in a world without conformity remain safe in the knowledge a certain degree of predictability is out there.
In todays world when humankind must face yet another frightening revelation threatening our very existence, it is more important than ever to embrace a safe place.
That place is different for everyone. Some seek solace in sports. Others, and I know so many of these, shop until they drop in a designer-induced coma. There are cocktails, chocolates and travel to far away spots. Hobbies and books, including comics with superheroes we can depend on to beat the bad guys, that distract us from the horrible news emanating from the television and newspapers.
When we stop and think about all the ways we are threatened each day, and the future threats that await us as the insane and evil players of the world grow stronger and more adept as killers, we feel a bit off balance. We need to know that we are protected and out of harms way.
Americans have been quite spoiled in this regard. Two world wars were fought on distant shores. Our homeland with the exception of Pearl Harbor remained relatively untouched.
That all changed on 9/11 when the U.S. was attacked not simply on our own turf, but in a city that holds a special place in everyones heart. Broadway, Seventh Avenue, Lady Liberty, it all seemed more egregious and personal somehow. And the enemy was well aware.
What we didnt know was that although Ugly Americans was a phrase with which we had become familiar over the years, we always believed we were safe being one. Safe in the knowledge, that aside from the snide comments of French waiters, we could roam the world in as peaceful a manner as a citizen of the ancient Roman Empire.
We never imagined our CIA, FBI and our government could let us down so completely.
They had done so before, but somehow we just didnt pay enough attention. In 1963 an FBI agent had Oswald in his sights and dismissed him. Had that FBI agent been on the ball, America would be a different place today. This is only one incident of which we are actually aware.
Yet, no one ever talks about that failure or the part fate may have played in John Kennedys destiny. So one should not blame, I suppose.
I am not in any way dismissing the good work agencies do every day heading off our enemies. They are human and will make mistakes like 9/11, but I am however no longer able to live with a certainty of safety.
That no one can hurt us or that Jack Nicolson is on that wall.
Americans seem to be faced with a new lesson to learn, one that the English and Europeans have known for centuries, a tea party isnt simply a tea party. When Lewis Carroll wrote about the Mad Hatter, perhaps he alluded to all of us. Its a valuable lesson we have come to late, but after all we are a young country. Life must be lived every minute for war is always eminent.
Israel lives with the knowledge some crazy may enter a pizza restaurant and blow themselves up. Americans saw those violent pictures and we shook our heads and wondered, how do they live like that? We watch as three young Israelis are kidnapped at a bus stop on their way home for the weekend and remain missing.
Sadly, we as well are now living in that same pond of treachery and evil.
Veterans dismissed and dying to ensure profitable employee bonuses, the dog ate my homework excuses for missing emails that may indict politicians who crossed the line. Terrorists returned while an American marine sits in a Mexican jail, while they laugh at us while cashing our checks. Sadly, the list goes on and on.
Our borders are wide open for that one crazy to walk through undetected with the weapon we have feared most.
Our government chooses political correctness over the safety of our children.
It is so interesting to me that they our government is so worried about prisoners civil rights, yet they find the stomach to spy on Americans and usurp our civil rights with no problem at all.
In the end we must face the reality that we are now vulnerable and our government and those who are elected to protect us are not in any way up to the job. Even those who stand watch consistently have their hands tied in the name of politics.
We watch with no recourse, no ability to even slow the madness let alone stop it altogether. So where can we find the extra measure of predictability required to live our lives, find joy and sleep nights?
I am honestly not quite sure, but I know everyone must seek out his or her own way of coping with the insanity of this new world.
Oh yes, I am aware there is nothing new about having to coexist with evil, but somehow it just seems evil is doing much better for itself these days.
Well, its time for me to turn on Perry and watch poor Hamilton Berger lose yet another case. Youd think the man would learn, but no, he is the coyote chasing the roadrunner and expecting to catch him just once.
Good luck with that, Hamilton, and thank you, Perry Mason for giving me something constant and predictable on this all-too-insane and out-of-control planet.
Whatever you may need to ensure predictability in your life, I hope you find it soon. Cause the crazies arent going anywhere and the United States government has openly invited them to the tea party. Perhaps we should elect the Mad Hatter president. At least he clearly displayed who he was in full view on his hat.
J.T. Hatter for President!
Every generation thinks that theirs is the craziest and least stable.
Or could it be that we want to simply see justice served to the bad guy? It happens less and less in our society. That is one thing I like about the Perry Mason show. The bad guy gets it in the end.
He must be the Mad Hatter since I’m sure I fell down the rabbit hole back in 2009.
Obama is worse than the Mad Hatter, he is the effing Queen of Hearts.....” Off with their heads!”
“Will Hamilton Berger Ever Learn?”
Sorry, Norma. Hamilton Burger, not Berger! Hamburger! Get it? Erle Stanley Gardner had a sense of humor! ;-)
Once Hamilton Burger did win a case. But, Mason always showed respect for him and his job as DA. Hamilton was patterned after Don Brocaw the DA of the City of Oxnard—whom Erle Stanley Gardner hated.
Interesting fact: When the Perry Mason series was being cast, Raymond Burr wanted the District Attorney role, not the Perry Mason role.
I joked with a lawyer friend when he was over a few years ago and a perry mason rerun came on. It was fun listening to him saying no, not possible, doesn’t happen and the like throughout the episode.
Thought it was an LSU thread?
I’m getting stuff from March 7, 2013 at that link.
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