Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bona fide Journalism

The Goshen Gazette is now in it's second year of publication.  We continue with the full intent of keeping our readers informed, rather than programmed or lulled.  We also strive for the distinction in being a-political in our presentation, or qualify our reports and articles with a statement of our own bias.  As editor of this publication, I am deeply honored to be associated with such great contributors and humbled by their gift of writing.

 In the realization that not only some elements of our government would like more power and control, but also that a great many of the citizens would actually like our government to enforce more control, I felt the need to buy a membership.  Let's face facts, as the government continues to expand it's power, AND it will; yet while the people cry to uphold the Constitution; the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence barely get a mention, anymore.  These are the documents, I hold dear.

Senator Feinstein's view of bona fide journalism

Although we do not plan to jump into mainstream media, I do represent Goshen Media, as a member of the US Press Association as well as the US Press Agency.  In protection and expression of the Bill of Rights, specifically the first amendment, as well as my ardor for the last line of the Declaration of Independence; I felt compelled to become a professional journalist.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

That last line of the Declaration of Independence is powerful!  It doesn't say my unalienable Rights come from the government.  My unalienable Rights are endowed by my Creator, and if blogging in my jammies after working in the garden and milking goats is my idea of life, and my chosen pursuit of happiness, then according to the Declaration of Independence, as an American, I can do that, regardless of opinions in Washington.  Now, in order to protect my subject matter, that first amendment is important.  Congress can't make any laws about my religion, or the expression thereof.

In this age of digital history, and cursive no longer being taught in the public school system; much could be rewritten or lost in just a couple of generations.

Thankfully, here in America, with the internet, there's a place to buy just about anything including government recognized credentials; especially government recognized credentials.  This is America!  A college drop-out has made it possible for high school drop-outs in their jammies with a five dollar website, to be international journalists.

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