Thursday, June 14, 2007

a wee bit political for just a second.

I saw this clip of Ron Paul on Tucker Carlson's show the other day, and it really got me thinking: I've never really liked Carlson, but all of a sudden I find myself agreeing with something that he's doing on his program. A paradox, yes. I felt so compelled about this that I had to write it out, and it soon turned into a letter that I just sent off to his program on MSNBC. I'm crossing my fingers that someone from the program actually reads it. Here's to hoping...

Hello Carlson,

First off, let me say that I've never been on the same page as you. I don't support a lot of what you say or believe, and I think that the partisan left/right dilemma that you and many other news networks seem to like to expound is despicable and wholly against what the Framer's of the Constitution believed in, that is that we "ought to be bound together by fraternal affection" rather than "alien to each other" (Washington).

I was very surprised, then, when you had Congressman Ron Paul on your program a while back, and I finally felt myself agreeing with you on some level. Maybe that's in some sense what Washington was talking about when he meant "fraternal affection," maybe not. Maybe I'm closed minded to other points of view simply because I'm stubborn or because my opinion of those points have been so sullied that I tend not to listen to them simply out of habit.

Notwithstanding, I felt that you did a great service to your viewers when you talked with Congressman Paul, however brief that talk may have been. I personally believe that this one man alone is the only candidate I've seen so far that actually takes the Constitution into account, sees the divergence of this country from it, and is willing to put himself out there and say something about it. Which isn't to say that he is a strong candidate, because in American politics, where the media dominates and holds only certain individuals in the political sphere up for all to see, he isn't. The idea of "frontrunner" and "second tier" candidates is a wholly undemocratic way of viewing potential leaders of our country as it automatically groups them in the eyes of the American public as such; either prominent or marginalized, depending. This man doesn't stand a chance in the debates simply because the media doesn't see him as important, and therefore, by extension, neither does the general American public watching those debates. Which is why I applaud you, to some extent, from bringing Congressman Paul on the program and allowing him to reach a segment of the American public that may, and probably, have not have heard of him or his positions before.

I sincerely hope that you will give it further consideration to bring Congressman Paul on again sometime in the future for a more thorough interview in order that he may really have a chance to speak what he believes and allow him more face time that has, up until now, only been afforded to the "frontrunners" of both the Republican and Democratic campaigns. I think the media, in that sense, has done a horrible disservice to the voting population, but I can only hope that individuals such as yourself, even though I may not agree with what you have to say most of the time, can help not only restore my faith in the American media, but also in how is plays a role in shaping the social landscape of this country.

You have a great power, sir. I only ask that you use it responsibly and judiciously.

-Jack Curry

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