The short answer is “no”, but if you get your facts from MSNBC, you might not share my opinion.
Case in point: The Tea Party Movement
If you watch Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on a regular basis, and they provide your only source of political “news”, it stands to reason that you would consider Tea Party activists to be, at best, several cards short of a full deck. At worst, they are racists, homophobes, Nazis, and, to a person, potential domestic terrorists. They are angry white people who “cling to guns and religion” and can’t even spell their “hate speech” correctly on rally signs.
With all due respect to MSNBC and their stellar cast of “journalists” and commentators, I believe they owe a formal apology to every individual Tea Party activist, (minus the few who have taken their anger to inappropriate levels.)
Here are the facts:
Tea Party activists are NOT:
- GOP “funded”
- 100% “Caucasian”
Tea Party activists support:
- Limited Government
- Respect for the US Constitution
- States Rights
- Freedom of Speech and Assembly
- Legal Immigration
- Transparency and Accountability
- Political Integrity
Are they angry? Yes. Do they have a right to be? Yes. Is this still a free country? Yes. Do some individuals get out of control on occasion? Yes. But does an entire movement of patriotic Americans deserve to be demonized by academics, bureaucrats, left-wing politicians and most of the mainstream media? NO!
Tea Party groups include every race, gender, sexual orientation and economic background. Their agenda is clear, concise and straightforward. They want current officials to understand the Constitution and read the bills at hand before voting on them. They want an end to backroom deals, special interest carve outs and empty rhetoric. They want new leaders who will not only “hear the people”, but also act accordingly. Simply put, they want liberty and good government. If that is “extreme”, I guess I’m an extremist.
I will write more on this subject in the future, but this message needs to be circulated: If you must watch MSNBC and other MSM outlets, do some fact checking before you form your opinions. The Tea Party movement is only dangerous to the careers of “out of touch” politicians (from both major parties) who would rather “talk at” than “listen to” the citizens of our great nation.