Afraid

I’ve been following Politics strongly for about six years now. There are alot of issues I feel strongly about, and if you know me, you know I am not afraid to speak strongly about them. While I have been nervous for the outcome of elections, the outcome of a vote or two, I have never been afraid. Now, I am afraid.

I don’t know how to tell you strongly how I feel about the filibuster issue. We cannot afford to give any party absoulte power.

Many of you ask why I care–it’s in the hands of the Senate–and there’s nothing I can do. I can’t give you an answer in words.

” I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for. And he fought for them once for the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain, simple rule: Love thy neighbor. And in this world today full of hatred a man who knows that one rule has a great trust. You know that rule, Mr. Paine. And I loved you for it just as my father did. And you know that you fight for the lost causes harder than for any others. Yes, you even die for them — like a man we both knew, Mr. Paine.

You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked! Well I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause even if this room gets filled with lies like these; and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me. So–“

-Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
(Just before collapsing, following a filibuster)

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