Sunday, September 25, 2016

Still Spartacus

In the 1950s, when actor Kirk Douglas as at his absolute peak of power as a Hollywood star, he leveraged that influence to help writer Dalton Trumbo overcome the blacklist finally get work again by recruiting him to pen the sword-and-sandals picture Spartacus

Douglas will be 100 in a few months, but his drive to stand up for the right thing hasn't been dulled by time even a little bit, as evidenced by a new column wherein he uses his own long experience to point out the seriousness of potentially electing a damaging force like Donald Trump to lead this country. Says Douglas:
In my lifetime, American women won the right to vote, and one is finally the candidate of a major political party. An Irish-American Catholic became president. Perhaps, most incredibly, an African-American is our president today.  
The longer I’ve lived, the less I’ve been surprised by the inevitability of change, and how I’ve rejoiced that so many of the changes I’ve seen have been good.  
Yet, I’ve also lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness.
Even now, this many years later, he is Spartacus. Read the rest here.

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