In honor of the national holiday that I am most prone to forget that celebrates the leaders of our nation, here are some quotes about leaders and leading from past Civilains' shows. Not terribly optimistic, I'm afraid...
From (I AM) NOBODY'S LUNCH
Now I’m feeling unhappy about my country because I do not understand the president I have. Presidents have been inadequate. Presidents have been crooked. Presidents have been whatever… not behaving well. (Oh I can’t forgive Clinton. He should have had better taste.) But this man is really incredible. I’m afraid… I’ll tell you that as a child of immigrant parents, who lived during McCarthy, I’m afraid to send a letter to the editor of the New York Times. I’m afraid to say something negative about Bush because someone will come down on me and I’m just too old now to handle it. And I’m very disappointed in the Democrats. I’ve always thought they were more concerned with the general population. They used to go out in the streets with papers and say, “This is not good. This is what’s really going on.” But now … I don’t know what people care about. It’s like people have forgotten how to feel pain. And those are the type of people that don’t have dogs.
FROM SHADOW OF HIMSELF
The king learned much from his friend -
that his power was a gift,
and against the nature of things, to abuse it.
The people were glad.
There was peace, for a time...
But the heart of the king was not easy.
FROM PARIS COMMUNE
Isn’t the whole point of the Commune that it’s—that it will be different? I think, sure, Louise Michel says too that the Commune will have to—it should be ready to fight to defend itself. And Louise, yeah, she’s prepared to fight and die even - but for liberation. Which I think is by definition the opposite of “authority,” right?
ACTRESS / ELISABETH
Well no. I mean, not necessarily. Not if the authority serves the people. If you’re going to take over a city you’re going to need some sort of effective and decisive leadership, right?
Paris, we are making a revolution!
ACTRESS / ELISABETH