In the movie “The Contender,” U.S. Sen. Laine Hanson gets a little philosophical as she undergoes a congressional confirmation process after being appointed vice president to fill a vacancy.
Hanson’s character, played by Joan Allen, says, “I may be an atheist, but that does not mean I do not go to church. I do go to church. The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves, that gave women the right to vote, that gave us every freedom that we hold dear. My church is this very chapel of democracy that we sit in together…”
While I do not subscribe to Hanson’s lack of religion, I, like her, do find a reverence, in the halls of democracy – the Capitol. While it has been a long time since I have stepped foot in the nation’s Capitol, I have had the privilege of reporting to work in the Mississippi Capitol nearly every day since the summer of 1995.