Unformatted text preview: this scene was the theme of individualism. Smith illustrated this when he stood up to the entire Senate by himself. This scene shows how Jeff Smith blatantly believes in Populism and fights for the natural equality of men. It is clear that Smith is a populist, because when offered a spot in the Senate from James Taylor he looked at him and his organization with disdain. When the corrupt organization of Taylor started to lie about Jeff Smith, putting Smith’s Senate life at risk, he argued back while noting how the problems of democracy are caused by the privilege of influence, and in this case from wanting “political power”; an argument similar to one of a Populist. It is obvious to see throughout the film that because James Taylor had money he thought he could control everything including a big business. Jeff Smith noticed the predicament in his day’s democracy and stood up for what he believed until he demolished the corrupt State Senate, along with James Taylor....
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- Spring '99
- Federal government of the United States, Jeff Smith