At the end of the dark comedy Heathers, Veronica Sawyer (played by Winona Ryder) attacks and thinks she kills the homicidal J.D. (played by Christain Slater) to stop him from setting up a bomb. In the tradition of teen movies he’s really alive and follows her out to pep rally. He blows himself up.
Then Veronica walks up to the leader of the three Heathers (played by Shannon Dougherty), takes the red bow she had inherited from another Heather they accidentally on purpose killed. She put it in her own hair and says the most memorable line in the movie: "Heather my love, there’s a new sheriff in town." She then walks over to one of the kids they used to torment to befriend her.
Real life female members of Congress who fought for what was right.
There have been a number of brilliant and tough female members of Congress who stood up to villanous politicans. Representatives Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan come to mind during the Watergate hearings.
"I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear." Senator Margaret Chase Smith
Until Nancy Pelosi I don’t think any women members of Congress (and very few men) have had the potential to single-handely have the impact of Maine’s Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith who stood up to the most feared man in government. Like Pelosi, small in stature at 5 feet, Smith took on Senator Joseph McCarthy, no mean feat in 1950 when he had strong men cowering in their boots.
She is known for a speech she made on June 1, 1950, during the height of the McCarthy era. It has come to be called The Declaration of Conscience. Historians think this was the turning point in McCarthy’s vicious anti-communism crusade.
Those who have lost their moral compass and blindly support a president who has undermined the principles enshrined in the Constitution need to be reminded of Margaret Chase Smith’s conviction to the basic prnciples of what she called "Americanism" as follows:
The right to criticize
The right to hold unpopular beliefs
The right to protest
The right of independent thought
Smith railed against those who attacked citizens who exercised these basic American rights and labeled them communists or fascists and ruinied careers through the infamous blacklists.
Think of how President George W. Bush and his adminstration has tried to subvert each and every of these principles and made out those who criticze him and his policies to be traitors. In fact the Bush gang not only went after those who disagreed with them about Iraq, but tried with considerable success to get rid of U.S. attorneys, and I don’t doubt other appointed officials, merely because they weren’t considered "loyal enough".
The Bush gang, Cheney, Gonzales, Rove and assorted reprobates are worse than Joe McCarthy and his henchmen.
Here’s part of "The Declaration of Conscience" that should be required reading for everyone from high school students to government officials, but especially for Republicans who seem intent on supporting Bush come hell or high water.
It’s important to note that although a loyal Republican, she was as hard on Republicans as she was on Democrats.
- "The Democratic administration has greatly lost the confidence of the American people by its complacency to the threat of communism and the leak of vital secrets to Russia through key officials of the Democratic administration. There are enough proved cases to make this point without diluting our criticism with unproved charges.
- Surely these are sufficient reasons to make it clear to the American people that it is time for a change and that a Republican victory is necessary to the security of this country. Surely it is clear that this nation will continue to suffer as long as it is governed by the present ineffective Democratic Administration.
- Yet to displace it with a Republican regime embracing a philosophy that lacks political integrity or intellectual honesty would prove equally disastrous to this nation. The nation sorely needs a Republican victory. But I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.
- I doubt if the Republican Party could — simply because I don’t believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest".
Everything I underlined should be a wake-up call for ethically comatose politicians today, and the words in her last sentence should be a rallying cry for all Americans. Democrat or Republican that we must never uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest.