Jul 6, 2010

Last week, Michael and I managed to finish one of my favorite movies, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Aside from a little crush I've always had on Jimmy Stewart from the time I watched "It's a Wonderful Life", the movie itself is really great. I suppose, in a way, that this could be my blog about Independence Day.

For those of you who haven't seen the movie (go see it!), you can read the plot here. 

Passion is one of my most favorite qualities in a person. Without passion, a person seems dull and boring. I find it hard to be friends with someone who doesn't know what he/she believes and doesn't care either way. I know this is why I love the character Mr. Smith. He was doing something against the crowd, against most of the nation, against the norm - to stand up for what was right and to show the nation what integrity really looked like. What if we had more men like that in our nation? Ones who saw the United States as our forefathers saw it. Ones who didn't take our freedoms lightly and defended them with integrity and honor instead of trying to pass bills and do business with other countries with money and profit in mind. 

I'll admit wholeheartedly that I am a complete skeptic of our government in this day. I have recently said that I am proud of our heritage, but not so much our nation today. While I still hold to some of that, I have realized that our nation is still a great nation. We still have the freedoms that some other countries will never have. I can buy, sell, come, go, talk, and walk as I please. 

There are so many freedoms that I take for granted and allow to be overshadowed by the not-so-great decisions of our government. I have realized that no good will ever be done by me getting "fed-up" with our country and moving somewhere else. Instead, I should -we all should- hold tight to the freedoms we have and let our deep appreciation for them propel us to action - whether it's going to your local Tea Party to protest big government, voting your preference in an election, having your voice heard at your local town hall meeting, or just simply sharing your views with others. 

All of this to say::: 

1. Get the movie and watch it. And try not to get all worked up at Jimmy Stewart's cuteness. If only men were more like that these days!

2. I love this country. I'm not always proud of where it looks like it's going...but I'm going to let the heritage and freedom and potential it has make me proud rather than the mistakes that we're destined to make, anyways. After all, God is seated on his throne, isn't He?

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen Mr. Smith Goes to Washington but Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful life is absolutely crush worthy. He can lasso the moon for me any day.