Coming from a former Secretary of Defense, especially one who seems to be associated with being the "architect" of the Vietnam War, those were powerful words. Oh yeah, and the documentary's score was by Philip Glass, which is always a good thing for a documentary.
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Once that had caught my attention, it maintained it basically until the end. I knew a little about Ralph Nader, and that he'd written the book Unsafe At Any Speed, which gave him a reputation as a defender of consumer rights. However, I hadn't realized that he'd had such a prominent influence in Washington over the decades.
I know that these days, Nader has many detractors, among both Republicans and Democrats (for supposedly "making" Al Gore lose the election in 2000). The documentary examines that part of his life, of course, and convincingly demonstrates that Al Gore did just fine losing the election by himself, without Nader's help (or to paraphrase Nader, Al Gore made Nader lose the election). In any case, I definitely came away from this film with a heightened respect and admiration for Nader. Even if you don't like his convictions, he does seem to stand by them consistently, and he seems to have always been concerned about the general welfare of his fellow Americans. Of the four documentaries I talked about here, I'd recommend this one the most.
So, thanks for reading, and have a good day!