It is a new day in our country, and it has been a long time coming. We the People have spoken, and we have said, "Enough is enough is enough." Neither The New York Times nor the television networks nor all the glitterati in Hollywood can get us back in our cocoon. Let them think us a bunch of ignorant yahoos.
We the People have been browbeaten by the national media and special-interest groups into thinking anybody can say or do anything they want because, well, they have the freedom to do so. What We the People say, however, is that accountability and responsibility must go along with those freedoms.
We the People finally got our government to kick radio personality Howard Stern in his garbage mouth and lightened the wallets of the company that profited from his trash. Who would have believed it? It wasn't too long ago that to even suggest that free speech also carries some responsibility would have unleashed the tut-tut police.
You were, after all, infringing on one's right of free speech, and whether that speech made our morals go to hell in a wheelbarrow was immaterial. So the envelope was pushed further and further until Janet Jackson and her boy-toy friend decided on an impromptu striptease on national television. We the People were disgusted.
We the People have had to endure the National Endowment for the Arts funding an exhibit that included a crucifix dipped in urine and being told that this is freedom of expression, and then watching as individuals and groups try to remove any reference to God from our Pledge of Allegiance and being told that this is freedom of religion. What delicious irony that when Mel Gibson made The Passion of the Christ it was panned by the liberal media and scorned by the Hollywood glitterati. Mr. Gibson couldn't even get major distributors to handle the film. Guess what? The Passion of the Christ is one of the highest-grossing films in history, and its run isn't close to being over. Do you think maybe the national media and their friends are a tad out of touch with We the People?
We the People have watched gay-rights groups thumb their nose at the institution of marriage, with more than a little help from the media. We the People think marriage should be between a man and a woman. The media have tried to convince us that gay marriage is a critically important matter and equate it to the civil rights issue. It isn't. We the People have spoken.
We the People can't believe anyone seriously thinks the national media have been impartial in their coverage of the 9-11 hearings, which are a partisan joke. The media have pushed President Bush to apologize for the conduct of the war. We the People think it is the media that should apologize for their conduct, period.
We the People will decide for ourselves whether the president is doing a good job in combating terrorism and the Iraqi thugs. If we think he is, we will re-elect him. If not, we will elect John Kerry. I doubt very many of us will consult The New York Times before we make our decision.
It has to be a rough time for the national media and their friends in high places. They so much want to tell us what is good for us. We know what is good for us, and we seem to have finally found our voice to say so. We the People are now thinking for ourselves, and we think enough is enough is enough.
You can reach Dick Yarbrough at email@example.com; P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139; or at his Web site: www.dickyarbrough.com.