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02 June 2009 @ 11:02 pm
Geek Moment: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington  
My brother and I stayed up late tonight to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on TV. This is quite possibly my favorite movie, ever. I just love the dialogue and Saunders is one of my favorite female characters from this era of film.

For those of you not in the know, this is a black-and-white movie featuring Jimmy Stewart as a naive man who gets appointed to the U.S. Senate, and Jean Arthur as his hard-nosed secretary who eventually comes around to see his point of view.

It's unashamedly idealistic and something I needed tonight, when I was feeling just a little down and uninspired -- which affected my posting tonight. I felt rejuvenated and ready to go!

Here's my favorite speech from the movie:

Just get up off the ground, that's all I ask. Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!

Don't you wish you could write that stuff still and not be mocked for being idealistic?

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Real Life Update: I dropped one of my classes today! It was too much, taking over lead in the classroom and then having to face going to class four days a week.

It has nothing to do with the fact that I realized I wouldn't be able to have any free time for things like writing, oh no.

I have to start fresh over in this class -- they had NO routine. And the lead had no experience, and she's stepped down to assistant but still wants to be in charge, and ugh. My head hurts.
 
 
Current Location: Living Room
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
 
 
Stacie: DT (emo Doctor)sheerpoetry on June 3rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Wonderful speech!

Good luck with your classes and the assistant situation!
gowdiegowdie on June 3rd, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Mr. Smith is possibly my favourite Jimmy Stewart movie. And I adore Jimmy Stewart. I love the President of the Senate. And Jean Arthur rocks. It's an amazing role - because while she is the assistant, as she has to be at that time, she is one of the smartest people in the film.

And bar scene, drunk telling him off, kills me every time.
Chiladychi on June 6th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
"I can't be a party to murder, see!"

I love that scene. It's just awesome. I crack up every time.