Blowing Out The Moral Lights Meets John Doe

2009 November 17

Meet John Doe is a Frank Capra film released in spring of 1941.  I caught part of it tonight on television and as I watched it, I thought that Capra’s warning about fascism with its themes of media dishonesty and manipulation, has many applications for today. Meet John Doe is now in the public domain, and if you haven’t seen it recently, you can watch it on the web.  Here is Part 1. As the film opens, the words “A free press for a free people” are being chiseled off a building.

In Part 10, Henry Connell sits in a bar with John Doe and warns him that the newspaper publisher, D. B. Norton, is using him to get into the White House–and blow out the moral lights.

CONNELL:  Yessir. I’m a sucker for this country. I’m a sucker for the Star Spangled Banner—and I’m a sucker for this country. I like what we got here! I like it! A guy can say what he wants—and do what he wants—without having a bayonet shoved through his belly. Now, that’s all right, isn’t it?

JOHN: You betcha.

CONNELL: All right. And we don’t want anybody coming around changing it, do we?

JOHN:  No, sir.

CONNELL: No, sir. And when they do I get mad! I get b-boiling mad. And right now, John, I’m sizzling! I get mad for a lot of other guys besides myself—I get mad for a guy named Washington! And a guy named Jefferson—and Lincoln. Lighthouses, John! Lighthouses in a foggy world! You know what I mean?

JOHN: Yeah, you bet!

CONNELL: Listen, pal—this fifth column stuff’s pretty rotten, isn’t it?

JOHN: Yeah. It certainly is.

CONNELL: And you’d feel like an awful sucker if you found yourself marching right in the middle of it, wouldn’t you? And you, of course you wouldn’t know it because you’re gentle. But that’s what you’re doing. You’re mixed up with a skunk, my boy, a no-good, dangerous skunk!

JOHN: Say, you’re not talking about Mr. Norton, are you?

CONNELL: I’m not talking about his grandfather’s pet poodle!

JOHN: You must be wrong, Mr. Connell, ’cause he’s been marvelous about the John Doe Clubs.

CONNELL: Yeah? Say, you’re sold on the John Doe idea, aren’t you?

JOHN: Sure.

CONNELL: Sure. I don’t blame you. So am I. It’s a beautiful miracle. A miracle that could only happen right here in the good old U.S.A. And I think it’s terrific! What do you think of that! Me! Hard-boiled Connell! I think it’s plenty terrific!

All right! Now, supposing a certain unmentionable worm, whose initials are D. B., was trying to use that to shove his way into the White House. So he could put the screws on, so he could turn out the lights in those lighthouses. What would you say about that? Huh?


Introduction to this series, with Lincoln’s words about blowing out the moral lights:

Blowing Out The Moral Lights Of Liberty.

H/T: Meet John Doe from Internet Movie Script Database – Movie scripts free for reading and downloading..

32 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 November 17 7:30 pm
    bc3b permalink

    O/T demint is about to come on Greta to discuss term limits.

  2. 2009 November 17 7:46 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    My father was born in 1941.

    Funny, we flatter ourselves by thinking the old-timers as naive children, but that was certainly not the case.

    But it never ceases to amaze me, how deep that impression runs in society.

  3. 2009 November 17 7:57 pm
    justrand permalink

    Frank Capra…we will NEVER see his like again. EVER!

    Wonderful film, filled with truth about what we will do (or allow to be done) to us. All it takes is a simple mix of apathy on the part of the citizenry and a lust for power on the part of the government.

    We have a maximum of 7 years, and more likely 3 to take our country back. It is the DUTY of every loyal American to play “Paul Revere” and wake up your neighbors. We have such patriots on this site, and I truly thank God for y’all.

  4. 2009 November 17 8:01 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I think if we don’t take the house away from the Democrats ( yes I know that means the Rs get it, ugh) in 2010, and make gains of at least 5 in the Senate, we are pretty well cooked.

    Well maybe not cooked, but it’s going to be harder to stay free.

    We’re not officially cooked as long as there are some “wolverines” out there.

  5. 2009 November 17 8:11 pm
    justrand permalink

    rwy: “We’re not officially cooked as long as there are some “wolverines” out there.”

    In “Red Dawn” people watched the enemy drop from the skies and start machine-gunning people and it STILL took time before people woke up and started fighting back.

    We’re dealing with the Enemy Within…waking people up is even harder.

    still…we’re awake and prepared to fight, that’s something!

  6. 2009 November 17 9:27 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Boy, too bad Cheney couldn’t hold a candle to simply brillant and visionary VP like this dude:

    “It is a remarkable fact that Al Gore has had a significant influence on public policy relating to science when he is, in fact, utterly uneducated in scientific matters and is of very limited intelligence”

  7. 2009 November 17 9:57 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here is your future for you, your children, your negihbors, your community under CrappyCare:

    “One Fifth of Nation Will Be on Medicaide”

    Per Senator Jim Demint tonight on Fox, “Dirty Harry” Reid is planning a cloture vote for Friday to open debate on CrappyCare – we need to keep the calls, emails, snail mails, and faxes flooding in!

    Both Senator DeMint and Senator Gregg think that CrappyCare will likely pass if SOMETHING makes it out of the Senate!

    And like it will become something BAD like PelosiCare if it makes it to conference committee with the House “leadership” calling the shots!

    We need to ensure a Filibuster is SUSTAINED NOW to KILL THE CRAPPYCARE BILL!!!!

  8. 2009 November 17 10:03 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Your CrappyCare late night update!

    CrappyCare will cost a fortune:

    CrappyCare will be a huge slush-fund for the union goons of SEIU:

    CrappyCare will get you killed early:

    Oh, if the big government socialists can be defeated and we return to protection of individual rights, personal freedom, free markets, and limited government poverty will be wiped out on the planet earth within 50 years!:

  9. 2009 November 17 10:17 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    Poll: Only 43% would vote for Obama now

    1 year after election, trust in president plunging

    Significantly, the poll revealed that only 37 percent of independent voters would vote to re-elect Obama. Forty-six percent say they would like to see someone new. Seventeen percent said they would want to know the opposition first.

  10. 2009 November 17 10:21 pm
    conservativetony permalink

    I’m being lazy. The whole post #9 should be attributed to WND.

  11. 2009 November 18 1:26 am

    Al who?

    #9 – Still way too high.

  12. 2009 November 18 1:27 am

    Irishman turn Jihadi…

    The Sunday Times has an interesting and disturbing story of an Irishman who converted to Islam while in a Saudi jail and has left the UK to become a jihadi. Khalid Kelly, as he is now known, is of course training in Pakistan. Interestingly enough, he’s in the Swat Valley:

    Read more:

  13. 2009 November 18 2:50 am
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    JOHN: You betcha.

    I wonder if Sarah Palin watched this movie and stole John’s line, making it her own ?

  14. 2009 November 18 3:00 am
    Sharp2edgedsword permalink

    On healthcare- We need to start from scratch.

    We should be focused on HEALTH CARE, not HEALTH INSURANCE.

    For people that have no insurance, there are many clinics around the country that offer free or low cost health services.

    Where I live in Rochester NY we have a clinic called St. Joseph’s neighborhood center. For fees ranging from $5 to $15 indivuiduals can receive a range of services including: complte physical, follow up doctor visits, psychiatric counseling, dental cleanings, marriage counceling, stop smoking ( cigs ) counseling, and much more ! The clinic is run by a Catholic Charity and doctors and others volunteer their time giving back to the community.

    Having a center like this in all 50 major metropolitan areas would be where I would START. Provide modest grants where needed. Get one started where none exists.

    Forget about MANDATES, forget about some HUGE government plan. Start with small incremental steps.

    As for insurance reforms, there are certainly reasonable solutions for the problems that the DEMS harp on such as pre-existing condistions, people being uninsured etc.

  15. 2009 November 18 6:08 am

    10.2% … AND RISING !!!

  16. 2009 November 18 6:09 am

    9. Is that D+14 too? LOL

  17. 2009 November 18 6:18 am
    brucefdb permalink

    John Fund said something very chilling that I hadnt heard about before last night on the much maligned “Great great great, American panel debate.”

    He said the Dems are planning to pass a Universal Voter Registration bill in January that will automatically register everyone in the country that is eligible to vote and to require states to honor it.

    Can you imagine the vast fraud that will occur? We won’t ever win another election if something like that happens.

    Does anyone know anything about this?

  18. 2009 November 18 6:32 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Of course, this person has no business thinking about running for president.

    Holy cow, overnight in Grand Rapids? Brrr.

  19. 2009 November 18 6:33 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Me thinks Obama’s numbers are ready for another 2 or 3 point decline in all polls after seeing Quinnipiac’s numbers today.

    Approval 48% disapproval 42%.

    This is one of the lowest I’ve seen from another source than Ras or Gallop.

  20. 2009 November 18 6:35 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Everyone has to look at Rassmussen today. -14 approval index!


  21. 2009 November 18 6:36 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Maybe we can come up with old Jimmy Carter “Misery Index”

  22. 2009 November 18 6:44 am

    19. Is that D+14 too, after all its QUIN !!!!


  23. 2009 November 18 6:46 am

    20. -14 ties an all time tracking high.

  24. 2009 November 18 6:52 am

  25. 2009 November 18 6:53 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    #18–West Michigan has a couple of counties that would rival Utah and Wyoming for the most Republican and conservative areas of the country.

    Michigan has 5 or 6 pockets of extreme liberalism that out numbers the rest of the state. Hence-Dem victories state wide.

  26. 2009 November 18 7:27 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Thanks TLS, awful, isnt it?

  27. 2009 November 18 7:41 am
    JustMary permalink

    Every existing list of people would be registered. Rahm’s Census. Library cards. Tax rolls. Welfare rolls. Drivers licenses. Patients. Customers. Mailing lists. ACORN lists. Gitmo detainees. The Seven Dwarves. Eight is Enough. Nine Inch Nails. Ten Most Wanted. Eleven Pipers Palin-ing. Twelve Angry Men. Santa Claus’ list of naughty and nice kids. And he won’t be allowed to check it once, let alone twice.

    If you own property in more than one place, you’re registered in both. If you moved several times, you are registered at all your addresses. If you are a foreign national here legally or illegally, on any list, you’re registered. Same with felons. Are you a foreigner who illegally contributed to Obama’s campaign last year from your throne room in Saggy Arabica? On the list! Dead? How can you be dead…you’re right here on our list! And we hope you feel better soon!

    Dear TLS……you are not helping with my swearing problem.

  28. 2009 November 18 7:47 am
    TLS permalink

    yeah bruce- one the one hand, I can’t image how they could get this through, or make it work with party affiliation and party primaries. But then this administration doesn’t worry about pesky little things like the law or the Constitution.

  29. 2009 November 18 7:47 am
    TLS permalink

    sorry jm!!

  30. 2009 November 18 8:36 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Late to the party as usual, am I. But for those who would like to add this to their HTPC archive the entire movie may be downloaded here. Full length, no breaks. Enjoy!

  31. 2009 November 18 9:52 am
    INC permalink

    Thanks, Dr. D!

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