Our Founding Fathers overthrew their government (King George III) by force of arms. Why? They explained why in the Declaration of Independence. Then, with the Constitution, they created the United States of America.
A vocal group of Americans don’t like America as it is. The vocal group includes Senators, Members of Congress, Governors, Presidential candidates, and Hollywood Elites. They want an America without an Electoral College. Without their having any obligation to accept the results of a Presidential election. Without their having any restriction on inciting physical violence against members of government. Without their having any restriction on publishing false or misleading news. Without national borders. With only them enjoying the presumption of innocence. Without a Department of Justice that is accountable to We The People. Without any rights for those who are about to be born in a minute or two. With their designating how many people of each race and gender have a right to serve in government. Without any definition for the word “racist”.
All of that is fine. Their political advocacy is democracy in action. We’ve amended the Constitution 27 times. The vocal group have every right to seek more amendments. And they are to be complimented for being candid about their dislike for America as it is. However, I have a question: What would We The People think if the Fourth Estate joined the vocal group?
On August 3, 2019, a politically-conservative gunman opened fire in El Paso, Texas, killing at least 20 people and wounding at least 26 others. Less than a day later, a politically-liberal gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing at least 9 people and wounding at least 27 others. On August 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump gave a speech denouncing hatred and White supremacy (as he had done before) and asking for a path to national unity. On August 5, 2019, The New York Times published an article about President Trump’s speech under this headline: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” The vocal group excoriated The New York Times for failing to excoriate President Trump as the cause of the gunmen’s actions. In support of the vocal group’s political agenda, The New York Times changed its headline in its later editions to this: “ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.”
On August 7, 2019, The Washington Post published an August 6, 2019 article that details how the The New York Times’ joined the vocal group. The article’s headline is “‘The headline was bad’: New York Times amends front page on Trump’s response to mass shootings after bacldash (sic. backlash)”.
So, I have more questions. What do We The People think about The New York Times actually joining the vocal group? America survived (even flourished from) 27 amendments to the Constitution resulting from the efforts of We The People, but can America survive any amendments to the Constitution resulting instead from the joint efforts of the vocal group and the Fourth Estate? Can democracy survive in America, without an independent unbiased Fourth Estate?
“As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers.” [Thomas Jefferson]
Stephen B. Benisch, August 7, 2009