If you’ve been to a political rally, you can understand what those colonists would have felt when a man would stand up on a bar table and read the latest literature. A free press is what holds together nations and the international world. It is there to monitor the establishment and its enemies - to keep the people informed so they can act accordingly.
How many great people’s revolutions were there before the creation of the press? The printing press was built, and suddenly the individual mattered. He could be spurred to revolution in great masses, unique cogs with wants and needs in an infinitely complex machine that sought that people’s greater good.
And now the president of our country has launched an attack on the media—on us. At a Phoenix rally Tuesday, he repeatedly turned the crowd’s attention to the clump of journalists, who would then be taunted by the crowd. He said we don’t love our country, but what he means is that we don’t love him—“L’etat c’est moi,” said the king of France. “The state is me.”
The rally professed to be to encourage national unity. How does getting a crowd to chant, “CNN sucks!” encourage national unity? I will not be associated with Nazis and their sympathizers, so I don’t support the “national unity” many insist upon, but at least I don’t claim to.
If I didn’t love my country, why would I be here? Why would I be writing this piece defending the first amendment to the Constitution? Why do I have to defend, of all things, of all documents, the Bill of Rights—which we have been taught since we could read to be a sacred document, untouchable by any temporary president, answerable to nobody because it embodies a truth of human freedom at the most basic level? If the media dies, so does this country. So does humanity.