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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Movie Clips: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939- Liberty is Too Precious of a Thing


Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

A lot things about Mr. Smith Goes to Washington are simply inaccurate. Rarely do you see even fifty senators on floor of the U.S. Senate let alone a hundred. Or back when this movie came out in 1939 we had ninety-six U.S. Senators because we had forty-eight states back then. The only time ever do you see a full Senate is when they are voting on amendments to bills or nominations. Or final passage of bills, or when there is some special ceremony going on in the chamber. And if you watch this movie you see basically a full Senate whenever it is in session.

But what Mr. Smith did very well (and I'm talking about the movie) is the writing and the speeches. The writing looked like stuff they got from the Founding Fathers (the first Liberals of America) when Jimmy Stewart's character Senator Jeff Smith is talking about the Constitution. And liberty and freedom for all. The line that is in the title of this post. "Liberty is too precious of a thing to be buried in text books". You probably would never see a line in a movie like that today. For one it would sound corny to Hollywood filmmakers. But also Hollywood has moved so far left they would probably see that line as conservative or libertarian or something and doesn't deserve mentioning.

But that is a great line and one of the best ever written with real meaning that should never be forgotten. Because once the concept of liberty is forgotten we then become slaves of either the state, or private organizations that want to control us and use us to make profits off of us. That liberty can never be forgotten as long as we want to be free people with the right to chart our own courses in life and live up to our own choices and responsibilities and not be under the control of anyone else.
Movie Clips: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939- Liberty is Too Precious a Thing