“Inherit the Wind” is one of the best movies of its kind ever made. If you have not yet seen it, I highly recommend it. Not only is it brilliantly acted, directed with a script from the actual trial, but it is shockingly relevant — shocking because the trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee, 1925. It ought to feel old but it is as current as today’s headlines. The script for “Inherit the Wind” starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, and Gene Kelly, is largely based on the actual Scopes Monkey Trial’s transcript.
You would think that we would have come a long way since then. We did but we didn’t stay there. We passed good legislation. Civil rights and all that. We eliminated the legalized part of our national evil. Then, almost immediately, we started doubling back and we are still doubling back. It’s hard to see if we will ever recover our road again.
We’re heading down a bleak, dark road. Again. We lack a memory of having been here before. If we remembered, we’d know how badly it will end — because this kind of national regression always ends badly.
A nation led by hatred, ignorance, and fear will never find a happy ending.