Over two hundred forty years ago, mounting frustration over “a long train of abuses” resulted in a gathering of representatives of the American Colonies. This set in motion an unprecedented chain of events, beginning with the expression of the details which impelled them to declare their right to separate from the bonds of tyranny, and culminating in the drafting of a Constitution, establishing a new government founded on the principle that all men are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The purpose of the Constitution our forefathers drafted, is to protect the personal liberties of citizens from intrusions by the government. Many protections are expressed in the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, adopted by the people of the United States of America. While all these rights are significant, the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of press, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, are vital to ensuring that tyranny over the people does not return--and that our government serves to protect our rights and not usurp them.
Rights come with responsibilities. One of the responsibilities of a free press is to provide a check on the abuse of power, to prevent tyranny. The free press has failed to fulfill that responsibility. Instead, it has allowed itself to be controlled by a small minority of wealthy corporate interests that are aligned with captive regulatory government agencies. Currently, the media not only fails to investigate government corruption, but also actively withholds truth--aiding and abetting abuse of power. The press, itself, has become an instrument of tyranny, aiding our present government in the deprivation of the rights and benefits of liberty for all citizens.
The press has failed to inform us that air that we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the medical and pharmaceutical products imposed on us, are frequently tainted with toxins that prevent many of us from achieving optimal physical and mental health. The press and government agencies also perpetuate false information about the benefits and risks of certain foods, and of medical and pharmaceutical products. The press has failed the people by becoming nothing more than an instrument of government directed propaganda for the industries that have captured government agencies, and who profit by adversely affecting the health of the American people.
The time is now for the press to publish the truth regarding the risks and benefits of the substances that can and do affect our health and our environment, to publish the truth regarding scientific fraud committed by our government agencies, and to publish the truth regarding corruption in government. It is only through truth and transparency in our press and media, that our government will be compelled to fulfill its function of preserving the unalienable rights of we, the people, who have consented to be governed. So now, we unite to bring truth to Washington, DC...
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