What you don’t always get from youtube are original dates. Dates posted, sure, but dates of content – seldom. I would love to know when this (what looks to be a political commercial) was filmed. Martin Sheen is just a puppy – no older than Charlie Sheen is now (and maybe even younger) but he looked every bit the part of West Wing’s Pres. Jed Bartlet even then.
This is a powerful message. And it’s perhaps more powerful when you realize Martin Sheen – the man – is a devout Catholic. It’s possible the message in this clip is more applicable today then it was when originally filmed:
Here he is after seven successful seasons of West Wing, reflecting on the role West
Wing may have played in inspiring young Sen. Obama to run for president:
But back to the separation of church and state. I am a huge fan of West Wing. This is one of my favourite scenes between Martin Sheen and Alan Alda – it has that very important message of reminding people how government elections should never be measured in terms of religion. It’s the famous ice cream scene from season seven, set in the kitchen of the White House, after hours:
There’s so much misinformation out there at the moment because the Republicans, Fox News and many Evangelist candidates are shoving it down the throats of anyone who will listen how America was founded on Christianity and that we are a Christian nation. We’re in fact not a Christian nation. The thing that’s always made us attractive to the rest of the world is that we are a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation of differing beliefs, able to co-exist under one roof.
I’ll leave you with another of my favourite men – George Carlin – who infamously said…
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”