I’m going to confess a certain degree of fuzziness on the details of this issue before I get started. It’s the big picture of it that really upset me more than the nuts and bolts of it.
This morning’s news carried another White House leak. The details of the leak, specifically, are what I’m a bit fuzzy about, so I won’t launch into a discussion here in the interest of possibly saying false things in my confusion. The thrust of this morning’s story was, however, that the New York Times was being seriously hassled for breaking the story. There was a soundbyte of President Bush complaining that it was irresponsible of the Times to print the story, and how it jeapordized national security, etc., etc.
My favorite, though, was the Republican Congressman that told CNN that the Times may have been breaching a national espionage law when they printed the story, and that the paper as an organization, the editors, publishers, and individual writers should be investigated and possibly charged.
Hold on, rewind that…charged with telling the American people the truth about what was happening in our government????
I believe it was Winston Churchill that said democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others we’ve tried. Part of being in a democracy is knowing what’s going on. America’s freedom of the press is part of what makes us the Land of the Free. It is our fundamental right as citizens to know what our government is doing. The press are not just frenzied hoards of professional gossip-writers like the government wants to make them out to be…they have a calling and a solemn responsibility to accurately communicate the truth of what’s happening to us, the American people. This keeps us informed, and keeps them honest.
Perhaps that’s what they have a problem with…being kept honest. I suppose we shouldn’t hold it against politicians…they’re genetically programmed to lie. I really don’t think they can help it sometimes.
I see a serious problem on our horizon, one that I’ve spoken of before here. Bush and his regime keep trying to take more and more of our freedoms in the interest of keeping us “safe.” I wonder if, when we’re finally “safe,” we’ll be exactly where they want us to be: powerless, ignorant, and totally in subjugation? Then they won’t have to be “honest.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as patriotic as the next guy. I love America, and I’m proud to live here. I’m not sounding some type of anarchist battle cry here, quite the contrary. I’m calling for our government to return to the premise upon which it was founded. The original concept envisioned by our founding fathers, while not perfect, is certainly better than all the others we’ve tried. The issue is that it’s being twisted and mis-shapen daily.
God help us when we see the final result.