The Tea Party is back in force as protestors gather in front of NBC studios in Burbank, CNN in Atlanta and affiliates of NBC, ABC and CBS across the nation. The protests entitled “Can You Hear Us Now” are going to be aimed at showing the media the public’s outrage over biased reporting and bigger government.
Now this is what I’m talking about folks. Tea Party protesters are legitimate, grassroots people that are sick and tired of the PC baloney that you can’t criticize the president. I thought that dissent was the highest form of patriotism!? Not if you are conservative or if you think that the government should serve you not the other way around. Is anyone else going to stick up for us? I think not, especially not in the mainstream, drive by media.
We as Americans have every right to protest for the redress of our grievances. Those grievances can be summed up as 1. unfair taxation, 2. unequal representation, 3. growing government, 4. eroding civil liberties and others. Let me break it down by each grievance.
Unfair taxation: This is one of the most economically idiotic administrations to date. Evidently they were asleep during economics class because only a dunce would think that you can raise taxes to historic rates and expect a economic turnaround. The truth is, about 40% of every dollar you make goes to taxes. That is bordering on a socialist system. Countries in Europe have tax rates at the 45-50% rate. We are quickly losing more and more of our money to the government and it is unacceptable.
Unequal representation: Our elected officials, mostly liberal democrats are ignoring the public’s outrage over taxes and health care and are ramming the bill down our throats. Excuse me, but aren’t our officials supposed to support what we support, not what they want to happen? By ignoring public demand and supporting the health care bill, they are breaking the trust of their constituents and all should be voted out promptly i the next available election.
Growing government: Have you tried to get a fishing or hunting license recently? What about a gun permit or a zoning permit? Have ya gone to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the past six months? Chances are, if you have, you know where I’m going with this. Government is growing at a truly scary rate and we are the unlucky ‘beneficiaries’. The 2010 census will ask more intrusive questions than ever in the past and our privacy and freedom are getting thrown under the bus because government thinks they know what is best for us. Under the Constitution, powers that have not been directly relegated to the federal government are reserved for the states and for the people. That means the government doesn’t have a right to tell you to buy health insurance, to not buy large gas guzzlers or to brush your teeth twice daily. But it seems lately that bureaucrats in Washington are ignoring and blatantly going against it to grab more power for themselves. It’s sad but true and we need to stop it right NOW!
Eroding civil liberties: Last time I checked the Constitution said that we have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble and protest for the redress of our grievances. (See the First Amendment) But it seems the government is now more willing to shut up certain groups to keep other groups happy. Talk radio is under attack by leftists and liberals who want to bring back the much maligned Fairness Doctrine which is really not fair at all. (The fairness doctrine states, in layman’s terms, that if a radio station allows a person of one political, religious or other view, they must allow the same time to a person whose ideas are polar opposite. Hence the fairness idea. The problem with that is, instead of fostering debate, radio stations would rather shut up the first group than go through the hurdles of finding an equal and opposite viewpoint.) Freedom of religion is under attack in our courtrooms, schools and public places. Children are told not to dare mention the name Jesus or sing O Holy Night lest Muslims and Atheists be offended. Protesters are shuttled behind barricades lest they actually step anywhere near what they are protesting. Groups now need a permit to assemble if there are more than a certain number of people.
America, what are we becoming? Have we totally thrown out the Constitution as law of the land? Have we totally abandoned the first amendment? I don’t think we have. I think we have voted in people that conflict with our values and we are beginning to see that. And I think the tea party protesters are good Americans that are leading the fight to get back to our core integrity and freedom expressed in the Constitution.
Now we have the choice to become what have always been. We have the chance to go back to freedom, civil liberty, integrity and conservatism. America, will we take that chance?