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.
Mr. Jefferson Smith has announced his plans to seek the presidency of the USA and will now answer questions from the assembled press corps:
"Mr. Smith, Brian Ross, ABC News, Mr. Smith, you stated that you were for America 'first, last and always' and that America will be the #1 priority in your administration. Mr. Smith, are you telling our good friends and only ally in the ME, Israel, that they no longer matter?"
"What I'm saying is that as president, I will put the needs and wants of this hurting nation first. One way to salvage what is left of this country is to follow the words of our first president, George Washington, who cautioned us against entangling foreign alliances. I'm saying that America needs fixing and instead of spending obscene sums of money overseas, that money needs to go the repair of our once, great country."
"Mr. Smith, Chris Wallace, FOX News; It seems rather evident that you are cutting our best friend in the world Israel, loose and spitting on our unbreakable friendship. Mr. Smith, are you telling Israel and her many supporters to in effect, go to hell?"
"What I have to say is for America and Americans. Take a look around you and you'll see evidence of our misguided foreign policy. Vast sums of money have been wasted overseas, either fighting wars that only benefit Wall Street or that protect certain countries absurd policies. As a result, our nation's infrastructure has gone to hell, with our highways falling apart and over-crowded; our system of river levees inadequate and out-dated and many of our schools more fitting for the 19th Century rather than the current one. We need to start taking care of business here at home before this nation self-destructs and in my administration, you'll see the money go to rebuilding America and not propping up sadistic regimes overseas."
"Mr. Smith, Katie Couric, CBS News; It's becoming evident that you plan on destroying our very valuable and needed relations with Israel, our most secure ally in this 'War on Terror.' How are you going to explain to America that you are a closet anti-Semite?"
"I'm not going to stoop to the level you reporters like to when you don't understand basics and resort to labeling the unknown in an attempt to silence debate. A simple investigation of this country's needs would bring to light the fact that we have been Empire building way too long and as a result, the money wasted overseas is destroying our country right before our very eyes.
All of that wealth wasted defending apartheid policies or destroying Islamic nations would of secured this nation's prosperity for decades to come and got many an American off the unemployment rolls. We would have schools we would be proud of, instead of falling apart firetraps. We would have a highway system that would be the envy of the Western world. We would have airports that looked like they were from the 'Jetsons' and not the 'Flintsones.' Our electrical grid would not be in danger of failing, resulting in massive brownouts nationwide. That's my message; We need to take back America for the Americans!"
The crowd starts to applaud and make so much noise that Mr. Smith can't be heard, so he ascends a flight of stairs to speak some more. When he opens his mouth, all that is heard is the crack of a rifle and an ugly red spot appears between Mr. Smith's eyes and the crowd watches in horror as the bullet blows off the back of his head.