The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

David Knepper

February 5, 2010

DAVID A. KNEPPER | Transforming America rests with the voters

“All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”

– James Madison

It’s time to end the divisiveness that has swept our country – where our citizens are becoming skeptical that its leaders know how to fix the nation’s problems.

Perhaps part of the answer lies within us. That is, in our failure to realize that many of the problems we face today cannot be solved by our political leaders alone, especially when there is an unwillingness by both major parties to embrace bipartisanship.

Engagement by an enlightened and informed citizenship could certainly make the difference, were it not for the fact that many Americans have turned in their library cards for BlackBerrys.

Will Rogers quipped that all he knew is what he read in the newspaper. Were he alive today, he would no doubt say that all he knows is what he hears on CNN or the “Bill O’Reilly” show!

Sadly, we are becoming a nation of “nonreaders,” were it not for text messaging that employs acronym jargon – IMHO.

John W. Whitehead, founder and president of the Rutherford Institute, warns that “the bottom line is simply this: Americans should beware of letting others – whether they be television news hosts, political commentators or media corporations – do their thinking for them.

“If not, then I fear for the future of this country.”

Each day there seems to be a deliberate attempt by some, not all – and not necessarily our politicians – to fuel the fires of dissension and cynicism.

The bickering and bellowing that has spilled from the kitchen table and into our streets has not strengthened, nor been healthy, for our democracy.

To those who would want us to believe that America’s best days lay behind us and that our future seems bleak, I say, phooey!

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