Stacks o' Wax #9


How is America Doing? (Dr. Kenneth McFarland, 1962)

Inspirational speaker Dr. Kenneth McFarland, who previously addressed the wonder that is the free enterprise system on recorded speeches on LP like Who Will Succeed in the '60s? and The MAN in SalesMAN turns his attention to the United States' role as a shining beacon of democracy and commerce for the rest of the world on How Is America Doing?, recorded at a ladies night banquet of the Memphis Sales Executives (on the anniversary of Paul Revere's ride, no less).

According to the liner notes, "Dr. McFarland wants 'little truck with namby-pamby neutrals.' He challenges left-leaning 'neutrals' with the question, 'How long could you remain either neutral or free if American power were not protecting you agains a communist take-over of the whole world?' He deplores America's tendency to forsake our traditional allies in favor of new nations who have neither the power nor the will to stand firmly beside us in a crisis."

As you can tell, McFarland was a barrel of laughs (and still inspires people, as indicated by the link in the post to this title, above the image).

2 comments:

Tom Sutpen said...

God Damn, Stephen...

I wish there was a way we could offer mp3 excerpts from this LP to our visitors (it's gotta be in the Public Domain).

swac said...

Well, someone's still selling the recordings on a website linked in the post header (McFarland died in 1985), but I'm sure an MP3 or two wouldn't kill anybody. I wonder if I have the space for it...?