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The Majestic - Communism and the Bill Of Rights
By "The Majestic"
Jul 5, 2007, 11:33 PST

Movie The Majestic

Characters Pete Appleton (Jim Carrey), Elvin Clyde (Bob Balaban)

In one of Jim Carrey's greatest performances, he addresses The House Committee on Un-American Activities and reminds them that our country is founded on a fundamental Bill of Rights, which they seem to have forgotten about recently.



Clyde "All right, Mr. Appleton. That was what you knew then. What do you know now?"

Pete: "Well, I know that I lost my job because of one meeting I went to when I was a kid in college. I know that I've been branded a communist, which I'm not, but even if I was, it shouldn't matter, or what do we have a Bill Of Rights for?

"I know that a lot of good, honest, decent people, people that I consider my true friends, feel betrayed by me, not because of who and what I am, but because of what you say I am! I know that I...


"Mr. Chairman... there's... another Amendment... that I'd like to invoke at this time, but it's not the Fifth Amendment. I wonder if you're familiar with it.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

"That's the First Amendment, Mr. Chairman. It's the backbone of this nation. It's everything that gives us the potential to be right and good and just -- if only we'd live up to that potential. It's what gives me the right to sit in this chair and say my piece before this committee without fear. It's the most important part of the contract that every citizen has with this country. And even though this contract... (he holds up the book) ... the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- even though they're just pieces of paper with signatures on them -- they're the only contracts we have that are most definitely not subject to renegotiation. Not by you, Mr. Chairman, not by you, Mr. Clyde, not by any member of this committee -- or anyone else -- ever.

"And when you get right down to it, that's really all I have to say to this committee. Good morning."

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