Art imitates life. That emblematic movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, echoes in Michigan as I speak.
Jefferson Smith, played by Jimmy Stewart, is the boy scout leader appointed to the U.S. Senate because this political kingpin thought Smith would be easy to hoodwink. But Mr. Smith finds corruption, and he filibusters against the entire senate to end it.
Accused by one old-timer of blocking a needed relief bill, our hero retorts, â€œThe people of my state need permanent relief from crooked men riding their backs.â€
The media establishment condemns Smith, and when Smithâ€™s scouts work to get their message out through homemade newspapers, thugs physically block, intimidate, and attack the lads.
In Michigan, similar nastiness has been directed against the campaign to recall Speaker of the House Andy Dillon. Dillon staffers have flocked into the district to intimidate those petitioning to recall their boss.
One such blocker, hired by the Michigan Democratic Party to â€œeducateâ€ voters, is an eight-time felon whose rap sheet includes armed robbery.Â The police got involved . . . making robo-calls to residents claiming the recall backers were â€œextremistsâ€ engaged in an â€œillegalâ€ effort.
The Detroit News piled on, arguing that the recall, precipitated by Dillonâ€™s big tax hike, will cost Michigan taxpayers even more dough because it requires a special election. Except that it wonâ€™t. The regularly scheduled August primary will piggy-back the recall vote â€” which will happen, since last week more than enough signatures were turned in.
In the movie, the good guy wins. The same may be true in Michigan.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.