Don’t count on anyone in the msm to report on this huge and awesome grassroots movement correctly. To them, it will be a bunch of anti-Obama, partisan, “right-wing extremists” (according the the DHS), and that’s about all.
The reality is that these Tea Parties represent people from all political stripes who are tired of a bloated government whose only apparent function is to tax and spend this nation into annihilation. Period. No political party owns these protests. There is an extremely large portion of Americans who feel completely disenfranchised–by Hopenchange, by RINOs, by Democrats, and by Republicans. And this is a chance to congregate and be heard.
Incidentally, you really should read the above link about the Department of Homeland Security/Janet Napalitano’s recent report, warning of “right-wing extremist” activity, the hugest POS that has ever emerged from our esteemed government (okay, maybe it’s a close second to the stimulus bill.) According to this 9 page report, I–Lindy, stay at home mother of two–am a potentially violent right-wing extremist. Are you, too?
Let’s see how DHS defines “right-wing extremist” (from The Greenroom, my emphases):
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
More from the above link:
This definition is so broad as to include anyone who seeks to preserve the foundation of our federal-state constitutional distinction, under the 10th Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”), because such a person could be deemed to “reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.” So Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has come out in support of preserving the constitutional integrity of Texas now should be on the DHS’ extremist and radical watch-list.
Similarly, the reference to “abortion or immigration” is purely political. Why pick those two subjects? If someone is planning violence, that is one thing. But vocalizing one’s view on a subject and seeking to influence the government are protected by the 1st Amendment (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”).
Only in a highly politicized bureaucracy could the Constitution be viewed as a subversive manifesto.
What a sad, sad state of affairs in the US of A. Those of us who would remain true to our nation’s founding, those of us who believe that this nation of ours is best when the government works for us and not the other way around, those of us who believe that our nation has enjoyed vast prosperity and success because of the genius of our form of republic–it is we who are being marginalized and villified.
This is not accidental. It is a deliberate attempt to paint a large swath of ordinary, hard-working, principled Americans as extremists, and to therefore discredit them. And it is shameful. To think that our country’s leaders could come to such a pass…
The most insidious thing about this report is that it is based upon nothing; there have been no threats, nothing on which to base these claims.
So, therefore, good people of this nation, go forth and protest. Enjoy the last few remnants of freedom you have left.
Don’t miss Malkin’s You Might Be a “Radicalized Right-Wing Extremist” If…
Here’s the Google Map of Tea Parties across the nation: