How many Americans truly understand how democracy is supposed to work?
I was pondering that question this morning as I drove to work. I kept thinking about those television images of town hall meetings where the debate over health care reform was dominated by frightened, ill-informed people talking about Nazi political agendas and death panels.
Where were the thoughtful, informed citizens who wanted a reasoned debate about the costs of health care reform-or had questions about the wisdom of expanding the federal government’s role in health care?
Then I got to work and started reading news articles about parents who are upset that President Barack Obama plans to address the nation’s students next week to talk about the importance of studying and staying in school.
It seems some people are worried the president’s webcast is “political recruiting.” The president apparently intends to indoctrinate our young people, to sway them to a liberal political doctrine.
Oh, good grief.
Okay, it’s America. People are entitled to their opinions. But so am I, although as a journalist for ASBJ, I must choose my words carefully on this blog (and note that I’m speaking for myself, not the magazine).