A lot has happened in the past few weeks in the state of Ohio, for example, the political action group We Are Ohio collected 1. 3 million signatures against Senate Bill No. 5 and delivered that to the State Capital. The petition to repeal Senate Bill No.5 got a lot of support in the Akron area. According to what was published in the Akron Beacon Journal, of the 1.3 million signatures: 19, 260 (15%) were from Medina; 40, 772 ( 15%) from Stark; 10,613 (14%) from Wayne; 13,393 (13%) from Portage, all in the Akron area. It is obvious that in a democracy such as ours, that these voices should and must be heard by those who were elected to represent. And while election time draws closer to closer, those we elected not only should listen to what the people say to get re-elected, but the problem persists and the question still remains: shouldn’t they be doing this year-round? But, those we elect to represent us can only respond as we participate and communicate with them, and the way our political culture still is, we bare a lot of the responsibility as to why American politics is what it is today and that it is a culture all its own that people try to intellectualize and study. In 1962, Otto Preminger adapted to the screen a novel about Washington culture called Advise & Consent.
The movie stars Henry Fonda, Lew Ayres, Franchot Tone, Walter Pidgeon, Don Murray, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Burgess Meredith, and Betty White. It starts out at hearings for a new Secretary of State, in which the Henry Fonda character is trying to get, as per request by the President, played by Franchot Tone. During the hearings, a dirty accusation flies from the Charles Laughton character that Fonda’s character is a Communist and even stages a former coworker of Fonda’s who is not mentally capable to vouch for Laughton. Eventually it is decided that a committee review whether Fonda’s character is fit for the role of Secretary of State, and its head, Senator Bringham Anderson, played by Don Murray is undecided on whether Fonda’s character is qualified for the job. Soon, Anderson gets blackmail threats tying into a secret that would probably still get controversy today.
The film is a harsh look at political life in America, and while relevant to changing attitudes of the time of which it was made, the film remains relevant because the film both explores and condemns this behavior while passing it off as a fictional story. The film asks “Are the men and women of Washington really like this?” Of course, today it is more than just Washington that is like this, but every place of government to a degree, including that of our own state’s. The sad truth of the matter is is that we have an answer to that question- “Yes, so what? It’s not like we expect any greater.” What makes the resurgence of activism like We Are Ohio so great in history is that it re-answers that question by saying “Yes, but I have had enough and I expect greater of the people who I elect to represent me to do their job.” Change is not something that can happen overnight, but the only way we can change political culture is recognizing that it needs to be changed in the first place and that we have a part in making it change.