We are Americans first and foremost. Though some of us equate ourselves as Democrats, Republicans and Independents, please keep in mind that the one unifying quality in all of us is that we are all Americans.
In this 2008 Presidential election year, the media and the political campaigns have all but forgotten that this is our country. This is our government. And, more importantly, this is our Presidential election. President Lincoln, the founding father of the current Republican Party, stated in the Gettysburg Address,“…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
What strikes me most about this is what we are seeing today. Relatively unknown Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees are on the ballot, and that we, the people, deserve to learn anything and everything about their positions, backgrounds, associations, & official activities through a non-biased media. We are the ones who will decide who is to be elected to office, not the media nor the political parties nor those who would play the modern-day kingmaker.
We have roughly eight weeks until an election which will choose the next President and Vice President of these United States of America. The thought that the media would openly and contritely mock the American people’s intelligence, and yet have us believe that they have our best interest in mind, goes beyond all human and rational thought.
We, the American people, demand answers. We demand to know the truths. We demand to hear from the nominees themselves, not their speech writers nor their spear-carrying spin-masters. We demand that the media, be it television, radio or print, do their respective jobs as journalists and find the truth without bias toward either candidate or political party. We demand an election that is about the issues facing us as a nation, and not about whom in the elitist classes deem worthy. We demand that the campaigns stay away from and out of our polling stations – give us the facts as you have been charged with, and allow us to exercise our Constitutional right to vote for the candidate of our choice, not yours.
These are our demands, and we have every plausible, moral, and legal right to ask them, because, in the end, we are Americans first, and this is our government.
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1775