A couple of months ago, political talking head Susan Etsrich said something I have wanted to comment on here for a long time but saved for today. Now, however, I cannot recall her exact words. Even a Google search proved fruitless. Therefore, please pardon my paraphrasing below.
Basically, her remark began as a run-of-the-mill comment about how Americans grow weary of the din of campaigning: the stumping, the spin, the catering to special interests, etc.
Then, off-handedly, she said something like, "But it's part of who we [Americans] are--when you think about it, the noise is music--the music of freedom. Because one thing that sets us apart from many other countries is the way we peacefully elect our leaders. So when I hear the noise, I remind myself it's the music of freedom."
Well. That put the huffing and puffing of campaigning in another light for me.
As a result of Susan Estrich's casual observation, I have been rejoicing a little whenever I feel barraged with up-to-the-minute campaign coverage. I think, "Sure, the sound bites are obnoxious sometimes. But thank God we are free, free in so many ways, and choosing our highest leader is a great honor." After all, isn't that privilege--freedom from monarcy and dictatorship--what Independence Day was firstly all about? Thank you, Susan Estrich, for helping me celebrate my country and my freedom one more time.
Let freedom ring!