Friday, October 22, 2010

Do we live in Pottersville?

Glenn Beck had an excellent segment in his program today where he talked about the classic Frank Capra movie "It's A Wonderful Life", which starred Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.

Beck made an interesting analogy about where we are as a country today.
Do we live in Pottersville? Or do we live in Bedford Falls?

Pottersville is run by a corrupt tyrant, the spiteful and hateful slumlord Henry Potter.
Potter does whatever he can to crush and destroy the dreams of others.
His ideal world is where everyone is his servant or subject.
Potter is an all-powerful big-government type of guy.
The people who live in his world are all wretched nihilists who live in misery.

Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, Richard Alarcon, Jan Perry, Joe Barrett, and Joseph Mailander ...they would all live in Pottersville. They would live there by choice. They might even like it there.
They like the idea of telling someone else how to live their life.
And they are not shy about using force to get their way.

Then, there are people like me, who choose to live in Bedford Falls.
Sure, it is not perfect. Not everyone is rich. Many people there struggle every day.
But everyone is free and has a wide variety of opportunities open to them.

Beck made a point that the only difference between the two outcomes is that Harry Bailey chose to believe in the goodness of other people. It only took one man to make a difference.

Someone has to believe that this tyrant Obama can be stopped before he destroys America.
Someone has to believe that this tyrannical City Council can be stopped before they destroy this City.

I believe that this country can be saved. So can this city.

I choose to live in Bedford Falls.
Even with the broken knob on the stairwell bannister.