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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - "Liberty is too Precious a thing to be buried in books"

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Uploaded on May 9, 2009

"Liberty is too Precious a thing to be buried in books"; Mr Smith goes to Washington:

Honesty, sincerity, selflessness, duty, integrity, political courage, these are the things missing in Washington. And until they return, we will continue to see our great Republic slip away from us, until eventually it is no better that a third rate banana republic run by tinhorn despot dictators who exploit the people for personal gain.

Do we still have politicians like the one portrayed in this movie? One's who will put their political careers on the line for something that they believe in? Or, are we just left with spineless greedy people who are only concerned with their own political futures.

I don't have much faith left in our politicians to do the right thing for our country no matter the consequence to their own future. But I do think that there are good people out there who would love to go to Washington and do what is right for our country. The problem is that they are not running for office. The likely reason for this is because they don't want to get into that cesspool that we call Washington politics.

I do not pretend to know what the answers are to all of our problems, but I do know that it has to start at the local level. We need more good people to start running for local offices. We also need to change the Primary systems so as to make them freer, where anyone can run who gets enough signatures. They should not be identified by Party affiliation, but instead, they should just be presented as preferring a certain Party or none at all, if that is what they prefer. The two top vote getters would then advance to the general election in the fall.

In this way the power of the Parties is taken away. The voter will no longer be voting for Parties, but instead they will be voting for people. 2008 was the first year that Washington State had a primary like this. The new law was voted in by the people years ago, but it was fought against in the courts by the two political Parties until it finally went to the Supreme Court where they ruled it constitutional (2-7).

The proof that this type of a Primary system is quite possibly the answer to much of our problems is that both the Republican Party, and the Democrat Party fought it tooth and nail clear up to the Supreme Court. They obviously feel that Primaries like this are a threat to their power, and they are right. Here's a link if you want to read more about it: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,3...




So there you go. I have laid it out for you, now it is up to you. If you want change then get busy, if not, then just continue to sit on your butt. Change will not happen on its own, the people must get involved.
jbranstetter04




Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.

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