There is a great line, among many great lines, in the rant that starts the HBO series “Newsroom”: “And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.”
To give you context, watch the whole rant or read what came before it:
None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about?! Yosemite?!!!
We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
I ask, if we were informed, what could possibly stop us? The answer is nothing. Because when you are informed then you know. And when you know, you know what to do (and know what not to do).
If you aren’t informed, it is time to get informed. Because time is running out on you and the world you have borrowed from the next generation. They want it back better than when you borrowed it.
Join the informed: Subscribe to a news organization that works to deliver a report on the important things. I happen to work for one.
Register to vote: Takes seconds to fill it out. I will pay for the stamp if you can’t find one.
And mark June 26 on your calendar: It’s the primary election in Oklahoma. Make all that has happened mean something.