Re-Elect America

March 3, 2000

Some have called the Hungarian-born pianist a modern-day de Tocqueville. Balint Vazsonyi is on a mission to educate America about why it is great and re-connect Americans to their founding principles. He plans to do so through a bus tour to the capitals of all 50 states. The 22,000 mile trip began on Monday and will conclude in Philadelphia on July 4.

The idea for the campaign started during the impeachment trials when people were surveyed almost every night by one network or another. What came across loud and clear was that people didn't have any idea what was actually in the Constitution. They talked about things that weren't even in the Constitution and were ignorant of ideals found in the Constitution. That's when Mr. Vazsonyi decided to do something to educate Americans of their founding principles.

He promotes four basic principles that distinguish the United States: the rule of law, individual rights, security of property, and our American identity. He asks citizens to sign a pledge affirming those principles.

American ignorance of the Constitution is well documented. A number of years ago, during the bicentennial celebration of the Constitution, citizens were asked if a particular phrase was in the Constitution. I wasn't too surprised that 80 percent of Americans wrongly thought that the phrase "all men are created equal" was in the Constitution when it is actually in the Declaration of Independence. But I was appalled to find nearly a majority thought that the phrase "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" was in the Constitution. That phrase comes from Karl Marx in his Critique of the Gotha Program. So I wish him well in his "Re-Elect America" tour. We need it.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.