My family and I watched Frank Capra's classic film Meet John Doe last night. As a huge fan of Capra, Gary Cooper, and especially Barbara Stanwyck (the greatest of the greats), I've seen it many times, but it seemed to have new meaning last night in the context of our current political climate and the current administration. I noticed particularly the similarities between the John Doe Club concept and the Tea Party movement. Both are grass-roots movements unrelated to parties, both are reluctant to have any connection with politicians, both focus on individual initiative, independence, and voluntary community cooperation, and both are the targets of corrupt politicians and other members of the power-hungry elite.
One of the key quotes from the film is
For every John Doe movement these men kill, a new one will be born.Here are two clips that embody much of the message of the film. If you haven't seen the film (you should repent and watch it today), the second clip is a bit of a spoiler, so be forewarned.
There you are, Obama! The people! Try and lick that.