I really hate to be pessimistic. I also want to avoid being politically slanted. We see far too much of that in society today. Over the last few years that I’ve been writing this column I’ve received many chain emails claiming one viewpoint or another. I am equally offended by things I see coming from the left and the right. In my opinion it is far better to report on, and talk about, the facts than it is to relentlessly use the news in support of a political ideology.
With that said, I must confess that I am becoming increasingly worried about our future and about the lack of Americans on both the left and the right banding together to stand up and work for change. People I speak with tend to be very passionate about defending their political perspective based on their alignment with the left or the right. I find very few who are evenly balanced in the middle of our political landscape and are willing to see things from a broad, open-minded perspective. Blame it on all the talking heads, the biases of most media organizations these days, the amount of misinformation that is sent through the Internet, or the fact that we cling to the information we want to be true and refuse to listen to anything contrary to that position.
As a nation, we were founded on the notion that our basic rights are provided by a supreme being and that ordinary people are more than capable of governing themselves. The United States’ government had one primary purpose: to protect the rights of its private citizens. At the time we became a nation, the world’s nations were generally governed by an elite hereditary class. Individual rights were granted and controlled by those ruling the nation. I fear we are slowly abandoning the premise of our founding fathers in favor of turning the government over to a ruling class while turning our backs on each other and the principles our ancestors fought for.
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org