The majority of headlines on the front page of each section promised a story that would focus on the negative aspect of an event or issue, rather than the positive contributions people are making to fix the biggest problems we face. These headlines included “Immigrants pay painful price for illegal dentistry” on A1 and “No balm in the pews for black males’ pain” on B1. The editors even found a way to dampen Lance Armstrong’s historic seventh-consecutive Tour de France victory with “Where to put Lance?” at the top of the sports page. Why must it be a question surrounding one of the greatest athletes of all time? Instead of focusing on what is right about America, too many media outlets continue to follow the “if it bleeds, it leads” axiom.
It is no wonder that too many American citizens continue to wrongly believe our economy is struggling, or that our military has achieved few successes in fighting the global war on terrorism. Too many politicians, educators and media outlets seem determined to see their fellow Americans lose faith in themselves and the opportunities for success our great nation provides.
We have much to be proud of as Americans, beginning with our Constitution. The Constitution’s guarantees and protections of freedom are timeless. They were derived from the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness professed by our Founders in the Declaration of Independence and granted us by our Creator. Our Constitution, written and ratified just over 200 years ago, shines across the world to remind others that individual freedoms are an inalienable right, not a gift from benevolent government leaders.
Our Constitution guarantees us the freedom of speech, despite those who seek to limit it. We have the freedom to practice our chosen religion, despite those who mock it. We have the freedom to peaceably assemble, despite those who protest our goals. And we have the freedom to bear arms, despite those who want to outlaw them.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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