“I am a citizen of this country — and that is no little honor.”
So said the actor Frank Morgan (1890-1949) in the 1943 movie, “A Stranger in Town.” He played the part of a Supreme Court justice who was on hunting vacation near a small town where no one knew him and he became aware of the corrupt political machine which controlled the townspeople.
Without revealing his identity or elevated position of responsibility in the justice system, he set out to help those who were trying to right things. Near the end, he gave his reasons for becoming involved even though it wasn’t where he lived. The quote was only a small part of his reply and summarized his civic philosophy.
If we truly appreciate what our citizenship means, we will fulfill our duties by targeting with what needs to be corrected directly. We won’t waste energy on mere public displays of how offended we feel, but apply our efforts to acquiring the means to accomplish necessary changes. The focus is on the injustice, not us.
This another case where we must learn from those who have gone before us.