Jack Webb’s “The Big Departure” Speech Still Holds True Today


In this episode of Dragnet which aired March 7, 1968 titled “The Big Departure”, a few teenagers want to start their own country on an island off the coast of California. They steal from local stores to fund their efforts. Jack Webb has THIS to say to them:

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  1. Michael Waters says:

    I agree with some of the half-truths.

    I don’t buy the idea that because things are worse in other parts of the world, one should thus accept the corruption in THIS country.

    It’s great America has strengths, and I’m grateful, but don’t let those strengths blind you to the fact of many deep problems.

    If you love Truth and love your country, you try to improve it. To improve something, the flaws have to be known.

    Just the coverup of what really happened on 911 and the subsequent and warrantless intrusion into our e mails and phone calls ought to get peoples’ attention. Toss in the market due for another Crash and police going bonkers, and America has no right to claim greatness.

    And finally, back when this film was being shot, America WAS one of the best countries. But middle class wealth and opportunity have shrunk since then, and the odds of working a low pay dull job are greater than they’ve ever been.

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