During the upcoming 4th of July weekend I will likely re-watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), one of my favorite films. My favorite scene in that movie is the video clip above. It is easy to give way to weary cynicism when one contemplates all the evil in the world. However, history is replete with examples of men and women who fought the good fight and won. Even those who fought and were defeated ennobled all of us by their stand. Let us ever be cynical about cynicism and let us ever be ready to pick up the gauntlet, no matter the odds, so that, in the ringing phrase of Lincoln, truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished from the land.