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You know, when the other guy was finally out of the White House, I sighed a breathe of relief.

I thought I could go back to watching cat videos for fun not stress relief.

I thought I could go back to paying half of my attention to the political world because it wasn’t a stinking disaster ever single day – like it had been for the past five years.

I watched as the other guy would torpedo his party’s plans for world domination because they weren’t his plans for world domination. Heck, he couldn’t manage a response to a world-wide pandemic properly.

But after January 20, I thought I could rest, relax, and not think about it so hard.

Boy, was I wrong.

Maybe it was the Republicans’ reaction to the insurrection. You know, those representatives who thought what happened was OK because nothing happened to them. What happened that day was a matter of free speech despite those people beating police officers they said Black Lives Matter people didn’t respect.

Maybe it was their reaction to the shooting in Atlanta, a white guy having a really bad day. Who cares what the other guy said about the virus or how it put a target on the backs of Asians across our country. Or that he had to drive twenty-seven miles to get to the next spa that happened to be owned by Asians and employed Asians. Or that out of the ten people killed in that shooting only two were white.

I haven’t heard how the shooting in Boulder will be justified but that young man killed a police officer during his shoot-em up. Will there be leniency for him?

So I guess I am going to have to go back to my habits of the last five years. Keep my congressional representatives on speed dial. Call every time something pisses me off, which is damn near weekly. Write emails to state and U.S. members. And start contributing to senate races where the republican needs to be ousted.

Ted Cruz, Cancun Boy, that includes you.

Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and Scarlett O'Hara (Vivian Leigh) in Gone With The Wind (1939), picture from IMDb.com.

 

Everyone has one movie in their mind that is a classic, a movie that withstands the test of time and changing politics. 

I suspect for many that movie might be Gone With The Wind. Made in 1939 by the great MGM producer David O. Selznick, it remains the biggest money maker by ticket sales ever. GWTW won ten Oscar awards in a year that saw competitors in The Wizard of Oz , Dark Victory, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. 

Last week, a new definitive Scarlett version has come out on Blue Ray with three DVD discs that feature music, historical background along with the nearly four-hour motion picture. Yes, it costs about $50 but look for the great deals to get a great discount. 

Now for a few words of warning. Before you go grabbing this movie be aware that the politics of it are firmly set in a mid 1930s mindset. There are scenes and attitudes that are definitely racist. This movie has a G rating but it is the rating system of the 1930s that were looser and bendable more than they are now. There is violence and sexual situations that would make this film a PG-13 in our current rating situation. 

Lastly, there is length. This is 238 minutes of viewing, two minutes shy of four hours. You are going to see one person’s interpretation of the South before, during and after the Civil War. And guess what, their sympathies lie with the South. The Yankees (that would be us) are the bad guys who did horrid things to the South during and after the Civil War. 

But let me say this. You are going to see four glorious hours of Vivian Leigh being a selfish minx who will do anything to keep her family from starving, including marrying her sister’s beaux and Rhett Butler for their money. She will spend a lifetime trying to get Ashley Wilkes to love her, only to discover the greatest love of her life as it walks out the door. 

Wait, there is more. Clark Gable puts in a performance as described by Tom Keogh as the most vital, masculine performance put to film. We love Rhett throughout because he understands life so much better than Scarlett, even as his heart breaks into tiny pieces. 

Gone With The Wind is not really a family movie but one for girlfriends to share together. Gather at the house of that friend with Blue Ray, make sure you have your snacks and drinks at the ready.  

Then prepare to find out why our grandmothers and great-grandmothers fell in love with this movie. 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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