Bill of Rights Day is coming again!
Mark your calendars, Tue., Dec. 15, to honor the document that helps define who we are and helped set the stage for the greatest nation on earth. Invitation for Phoenix, and details for anyone anywhere:
----Committees of Correspondence take note: Many of you wrote for ideas and support. Details for staging an event are here, along with detailed plans for my home state Arizona -- 5 p.m. at the fabulous Wrigley Mansion (you must RSVP to attend). You're Americans. Do it.
----True American Values
WORDS THAT REALLY MEAN SOMETHING TO AMERICANS
If you like this list below, see my new chart:
The Constitutional Divide
and of course
Pursuit of Happiness
Print out The Constitutional Divide
and make copies for people at your local
Bill Of Rights reading.
----One source of America's problem
Now, in thinking about Bill Of Rights Day, can you guess what this list below represents?
and of course
Not sure? How about this list:
Are you ready?
Are you ready for this?
It's what's on TV --
"Alan, I appreciated your beautiful list of American virtues. It was just what I needed to answer my liberal sister who was shocked to learn I no longer watch TV because of its promotion of perversion etc. She responded by asking, 'Well, what should be on TV?' like there were no other viable formats! I'm sending her your list of American values titled 'FOR STARTERS.' Note that NONE of those values is the subject of television fare. Thanks." P.J. O'Malley.
No, thank you, P.J., for starting me thinking. I had wondered what the opposite of my list of American values would look like. In five minutes, off the top of my head, I jotted down what I remembered from recent TV (that's the first list). Then, being a good little researcher, I clicked through an hour and a half of aptly named boob-tube programming with a notepad in hand to make sure (that's the second list).
This is a revelation folks.
American values are pretty much absent from most TV. Unadulterated moral filth, perversion and horror are being beamed into American homes non-stop. Many homes get six hours or more of this trash daily. Do you think that has an effect? You bet it does, and it's not good.
You watch this stuff. Just like everyone (except for a few P.J. O'Malleys). Make a list next time. Wake up and smell the garbage.
People perpetrating this decay-inducing vomit say it's what the public wants, ratings prove it. I don't buy it. And I can't stand it, which is why, like you, I flip through channels hoping for something good, instead of staying with the "programming" for long, when I watch at all. I say, if TV had shows with the values in the American values list, they'd attract huge audiences, and have a positive effect. (Please don't write to tell me about Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and the Food Network, I agree there is some vestige of decency on cable, and maybe even elsewhere, but you catch my drift, right?)
The public airwaves have become a sewer. The people promoting this outrage are stark enemies of The American Way. Basically, if you watch ABC or NBC, you'll C... BS.
All the more reason to go to, or organize, your own Bill of Rights Day reading. Clear your head for a few precious hours. Rekindle the American spirit. Give yourself and your friends and neighbors the gift of what makes America great.
How to run your own event: