ON Chris Matthews' "Hardball," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked if she thought Sen. Barack Obama might have anti-American views and she replied that she thought he might. She also said she thought the media - not government authorities, but our press - should investigate and report on the views of members of Congress, which would include Sen. Obama. That isn't to prosecute people, but to educate the public. Giving us information about what our representatives really believe isn't undemocratic -- it's the good journalism that a real democracy requires. Radical beliefs like communism and socialism trounce on people's God-given rights and give all power over everyone and everything, down to the smallest detail of a person's life, to the state. Instead of bringing the paradise they promise, these belief systems always bring human misery and loss of all freedom under systems of dictatorship. Untold numbers of people, including many Americans, have died defending freedom against those undemocratic systems. Yet some people still believe in such systems. The uproar over Bachmann's remarks doesn't come from a concern that the media reporting what they can discover about our leaders' views will trample anyone's rights. It comes solely from an undemocratic desire not to have the public informed about the political beliefs of our leaders because such information might make it much harder for some candidates to stay in office or get elected. Evidence shows that during his working years Barack Obama has worked closely with open communist William Ayers, with disciples of Saul Alinsky, and was a member himself of the socialist New Party when he ran for office in Illinois. His official blogger has Marxist views, and the pro-communist band the Decemberists opened and closed for him at a campaign rally. These are some facts that Americans have a right to know, but the media has failed to report on them as well as many others. We, the undersigned, support Rep. Bachman's remarks and call on the media to look into the views of our leaders in Washington, particularly those of our presidential and vice-presidential candidates.