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Rebooting the American Dream by Thom Hartmann

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CHAPTER 4An Informed and Educated Electorate

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.… Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.

—Thomas Jefferson

TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE, BASED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IS owned and run by my dear friend Ellen Ratner. Ellen is an experienced and accomplished journalist, and a large number of interns and young journalism school graduates get their feet wet in reporting by working for and with her.

In March 2010 I was in Washington for a meeting with a group of senators, and I needed a studio ...

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