Like all of you, I am a citizen of this country. That is no little honor. Men have fought revolutions and died to be called "citizens". And, as a citizen, we carry we carry a burning responsibility. It means when we elect men to public office, we cannot do it as lightly as we flip a coin. It means that, after we've elected them, we can't sit back and say "Our job is done. What they do now does not concern us." That philosophy of indifference is what the enemies of decent government want. If we allow them to have their way to grow strong and vicious, then their heroic struggle, which welded thousands of lovely towns into a great nation, means nothing. Then, we are NOT citizens, we're traitors. The great liberties by which we live have been bought with blood.
The kind of government we want, government of the People, by the People, and for the People, can mean any kind of government. It is our duty to make it mean only one kind, uncorrupted, free, united.
~ ~ speech by Frank Morgan, playing S.C. Justice John Josephus Grant in the 1943 movie "A Stranger in Town"
An interesting speech from an old movie. Comments?