32. Mon Mothma calls out the Emperor
Episode: Season 3 Episode 18: “Secret Cargo
The Moment: For about 17 years, Senator Mon Mothma from Chandrila fought the Empire from within the system. When she realized that was not working, she took a different approach. This is the speech that made Mon Mothma number one on the Emperor’s most wanted list:
"“This is Senator Mon Mothma, I have been called a traitor for speaking out against a corrupt Galactic Senate. A Senate manipulated by the sinister tactics of the Emperor. For too long I have watched the heavy hand of the Empire strangle our liberties, stifling our freedoms in the name of ensuring our safety. No longer! Despite Imperial threats, despite the Emperor himself, I have no fear as I take new action. For I am not alone. Beginning today we stand together as allies. I hereby resign from the Senate to fight for you, not from the distant hall of politics but from the front lines. We will not rest until we bring an end to the Empire, until we restore our Republic! Are you with me?“"
Why It’s Memorable: I think the Senator’s speech says it all. Talk about taking an awful risk. If Mom Mothma actually knew who Emperor Palpatine really was. But judging from this speech, I don’t think the fact that he’s an evil Sith Lord would have stopped her. First appearing in Return of the Jedi, Mothma shows once again why people follow her. Leading by example.
No wonder when the Empire is finally defeated she becomes the first Chancellor within the re-established Republic. This woman can straight out lead. I would follow her into the depths of Malachor any day!