Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Credit: examiner.comJimmy Stewart goes up against a corrupt political network in Washington, D.C.  This was after he was made a Senator, but before he joined forces with Michael McLean for a Christmas special.


This is one of those Frank Capra films. In case you’re not familiar with his work, he wrote and directed classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace, and A Hole in the Head (I’ve never heard of that last one, but holey moley, it must be good).

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: There’s this oddly disturbing and completely unnecessary scene where a truck full of thugs ram a vehicle of children off the road. Then again it might not phase you if you thrive on the blood-curdling screams of small children.

Credit: film-intel.comThis is one of the best known and most widely respected movies in history, and for good reason — it reminds us how precious our government is and how easy it is for us to ignore the corruption that could one day destroy that government.

Further, it reminds us that the United States of America was founded on righteous principles, and that we have a duty to seek out government officials who will administer the law in equity and justice.

The devil doesn’t ask good men and women to speak out in opposition to righteous government — all he needs is their silence.

Satan wins when we don’t join the conversation. It is men and women who make their voices heard that make a difference.

If we fail to join the conversation, we fail in our responsibility to uphold good government. We float along with the growing tide of apathetic indifference where the privilege and opportunity to have a voice in government is cast aside — a voice procured and preserved by the best and bravest blood this country had to offer.

So make your voice heard this week. Vote for the men and women who you believe will honor and uphold the liberties that — among many other things — allow you to worship how, where, or what you may.

“I desire that this land be a land of liberty, and every man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains upon the face of the land.” — Mosiah 29:32

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One Response to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

  1. Alicia F. says:

    Thoughtful and well put.

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