A few words about the Tea Party protests:
Police department estimates nationwide put the number of protesters on April 15 at 300,000+; participating in over 700 rallies across the country. Impressive.
For those readers who lean to the Left of the political spectrum, I challenge you to leave a comment explaining what YOU think these people were protesting. Because the commentary I’ve heard so far – aside from the fair and balanced reporting on Fox News – has missed the mark completely.
I am ashamed of America’s journalists. I am now way passed the point of thinking most journalists are biased towards the Left. Now, I am convinced they are nothing more than propagandists. They act as PR for the liberal agenda, parroting whatever talking point du jour they are fed by the Left and pretending to believe it in order to coerce common Americans to do the same. It is pathetic. Aside from a few newspapers, and Fox News, today’s journalists have sold out. Beware of anything you read or see on TV. Chances are it is a lie being fed to you in order to sell the rotten bag of goods that is Marxism.
I watched a bit of the coverage on the other networks. I’m not sure where to begin. The protestors were called racist, with the suggestion that the reason behind their protests was nothing more than to oppose a black man in the White House. Someone on MSNBC’s Olbermann show said these people suffered from Stockholm Syndrome and were nothing more than “teabagging rednecks”. Nancy Pelosi flat-out dismissed the protests, calling it an “Astroturf” movement conjured up by the petit bourgeous of evil capitalism. Paul Begala said it was disgraceful, and that the protestors “did not love America”.
Eugene Robinson wrote that the protestors were expressing discontent over paying taxes. Wrong!
Geraldo says it was good TV but nothing more. And who hasn’t seen the tape of the CNN correspondent confronting one of the protestors with her paternalistic air of superiority, not even giving the guy a chance to explain why he was there? She wasn’t interested in “reporting” on the protests. She had an agenda. She went from being confrontational, to marketing Obama’s tax plan, to downright dismissive. She even went so far as to say that the protest was “anti-CNN” and was no place for families. Remember, these are the same people who praised the Obama campaign for getting more people involved in the political process. Apparently, such a thing isn’t praiseworthy unless it means more votes for the Left.
And then there were the sex jokes. Anderson Cooper said that it is “hard to speak when you are teabagging”. And this was only one of many juvenile remarks, spoken on the air with subtle pornographic references. Yet, Begala says the PROTESTORS were disgraceful? Worst of all, Obama didn’t even acknowledge the protests. Robert Gibbs offered no comment other than to say that he wasn’t sure if the President was aware of the protests. Not even aware? There were 600+ people outside the White House and Obama wasn’t even aware there were protests going on? I thought this man was going to be “our President too”. I guess our opinions don’t matter to him. Can you imagine the outcry had Bush ever said such a thing about the war protestors?
The point is the Left believes that dissent is patriotic, but only if that dissent fits their agenda. They will not tolerate anything else. Any dissent that opposes their agenda is disgraceful and un-American. The Left preaches tolerance and like characterizing themselves as the party of tolerance. Yet, disagree with their opinions or policies and you’re labeled a “teabagging redneck”. Yeah, sounds like they’re tolerant of others. If Code Pink gathers outside a military recruiting station, the Left swoons with admiration and praise for their patriotic display. But paint a sign that says “get your hands out of my piggy bank” and you’re mocked, chastised, and dismissed with subtle pornographic name-calling. It’s our patriotic duty to protest a conservative administration, but people should NOT be allowed to protest a Liberal Congress and a Liberal president – that would be disgraceful and un-American. Kool-aid anyone?
When 300,000 Americans rally nationwide to protest something, I think it would be prudent to at least understand their grievances BEFORE calling them teabagging rednecks. At least have a mental grasp of the situation prior to your verbal attacks, otherwise you’re nothing more than an insignificant, incoherent, childish voice doing a disservice to any and everything you believe. So far, not one Liberal journalist has been able to do that…NOT ONE! I haven’t heard a single democrat politician or Lefty journalist give any explanation of the protests that comes anywhere near reality. Clueless! They either don’t get it, don’t want to get it, or don’t care. Even though I disagreed with the war protestors, at least I understood what they were protesting. The same can’t be said for the Left. They’re more focused on silencing us than hearing us out, just read the latest Napolitano security report for evidence of this.
So, I invite anyone reading this to give their explanation. I won’t explain the protests to you because I think Americans should at least try to understand each other. Now’s your chance to show that you’re above the politics-as-usual crowd in Washington.
Comments are welcome.