". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tea Parties

I didn't get to go to a tea party protest Wednesday. In addition to nursing sick children, I had to finish and mail our taxes, attend a funeral, take my son to the orthodontist, and teach piano lessons. But I was there in spirit, and I have appreciated reading articles and blog posts by those who attended and seeing photos and video coverage on television.

Unsurprisingly, however, the MSM are in general not covering the tea party protests accurately. Some outlets have portrayed the protesters as right-wing extremest fanatics and the protests as Republican propaganda. For an example, check out this post by Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake. The MSM just don't seem to get it. People are angry, and it's not just Republicans, but Democrats and Libertarians and Independents and others. And yes, they're angry at Barack Obama--he's the one in power right now--but the anger is directed not just at him. They realize the problem is systemic. But they also see him as making it infinitely worse. I think what bothers me most is how the protests are being played as only a tax revolt. I guess given that they happened on April 15 and hearken back to the revolutionaries who protested taxation without representation, I can't blame reporters for making that connection. But as Jane explains, this is about so much more than taxes. Ultimately, it's about freedom, and the fear that we have come to a place in our history where we are getting ready to lose the basic freedoms that once defined us as a nation.

One of the articles I read about the tea parties described a number of signs carried by the protesters. My favorite by far was this one:

OBAMA: One Big Awful Mistake, America.

The good news is that the ultimate power in this country still resides with the people. But it's up to them to use it. Maybe the sleeping giant is finally starting to wake up and we are seeing the beginnings of something that will lead to real hope and change rather than the narcotic version our politicians will keep pouring down our throats as long as we let them.


Phillip Magness said...

One reason it is easy for the MSM to mis-report this is because ACORN and others purposely infiltrated the Tea Parties. This is not right-wing paranoia: the Huffington Post was reporting on this.

The student radicals of the 60's used to warn each other to watch out for the most rabid protestor among them: they suspected he would be the FBI agent among them!

Similarly, I suspect that the foul-mouthed nut with the "Obama is the anti-Christ" sign in Chicago was probably from ACORN.

Sure, we've got wing-nuts, and people are angry. But don't put it past the Left to do this. Protesting and counter-protesting is what they do. We're amateurs at this.

Time to get organized!

Steve Martin said...

Obama is not that bad.

He just wants to give us all the benefits of the superior ideology of the 'left' whether we ant it or not.

For those that disagree, they will eventually be charged with 'hate crimes' (because they are extremists).

The key in all of this is the public school system.

As long as people send their kids there...we will have ignorant people that cannot recognize real tyranny.

Joy said...

Hey, I like your acronym! I've been calling him 'B.O.'--you know, his initials. perfectly innocent (riiiiighhht).