Enough already. I've been supremely annoyed most of the year with the antics of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when it comes to how they address everyday Americans. Too many times, they’ve shown a lack of respect for and a presumption of lordship over those who granted them the opportunity to govern, and whose hard-earned dollars pay for their salaries and benefits.
Two principles about our government that I was taught growing up, and that I believe to this day, are 1) Our elected officials work for us, not us for them, and 2) they represent all the people, not just the ones that voted for them.
From what I’ve witnessed over the past year or so, the Democratic leadership in Washington, DC, from the President on down, are openly contemptuous of regular folks who are critical of them, and attribute their opposition to ignorance, misinformation or hate. Never before in my time as an observer of politics and society has the federal government been so publicly insulting and dismissive toward private citizens with whom they disagreed.
They now have the chutzpah to suggest a few incidents of vandalism against the district offices of selected members of Congress, and threatening language directed at these legislators, are due to the incitement of Republicans and the Tea Party movement, arguably one of the largest spontaneous grass-roots movements in American history.
They accuse the Tea Party protesters of being belligerent and intolerant, and accused them of racist and homophobic words and actions during the weekend protests against the health care overhaul that was rammed down our throats.
To these accusations, I have only one word: bunk.
Apparently, in the age of video iPods and smartphones, digital camcorders and all other manner of electronic recording devices, no one has captured these heinous actions and posted them on YouTube. In fact, the video record calls into question whether or not these incidents occurred. A supposed spitting incident was apparently a man yelling his disapproval through cupped hands, and the proximity of the alleged target resulted in an inadvertent saliva “hit.” Even the member of Congress tempered his later descriptions of the event, referring to the perpetrator as "the man who allowed his saliva to hit my face."
Michelle Malkin highlights this and a number of other recent incidents of supposed right-wing hatred that got wide mainstream media coverage, provided fodder for liberal bloggers to this day – and that, according to authorities and witnesses, never happened.
Is it possible there are some racists and homophobes who take advantage of the cover a mass protest movement like the Tea Party offers them to cause mischief? Certainly. It is simply impossible, especially for a movement with no central authority or designated leader, to filter out the bad actors who, in the words of Michael Caine’s character Alfred in the movie, The Dark Knight, “just want to watch the world burn.”
Is it also possible that liberals would embellish or presume such actions because of their preconceived notions, or that some might even create episodes to discredit the Tea Party movement? Perception is reality, as they say, and it’s not a leap of faith to imagine what an angry group of protesters could sound like to someone who buys the “Tea Party people are all racist” argument. But is the anger justified or is it racially motivated? We’ll get to that in a minute.
Liberal protest movements of recent vintage haven’t been without their share of bad behavior. In fact, liberals have a lot of practice with inflammatory signs and language.
I shake my head in disgust when I hear them complaining about how President Obama is depicted or the names he’s called because their vein-popping, eyeball-bulging rage toward President Bush produced equally heinous words and imagery. The phrase “Bush Derangement Syndrome” was created to describe these people.
Liberal protests have also been marked by the destruction of property and disrespect toward law enforcement. That’s why the DC police have to gear up for war every time the World Bank or International Monetary Fund hold their meetings in the nation’s capital.
When the Tea Party movement put 1.7 million people in DC on September 12, 2009, the police officers were accorded the honor and respect most of heartland America shows toward local law enforcement. The protesters, rather than smashing windows and kicking over garbage cans, cleaned up after themselves and left the place better than they found it. Oh, those horrible Tea Party people!
Do the Tea Party protesters have a right to be angry? You bet! They have done everything the law allows to persuade their representatives to heed their will, and they have been ignored, belittled, and now demonized. They have played by the rules while their representatives abused them.
The Democrats are being careless in their contempt for anyone who opposes them. It's not generally accepted practice to insult the people upon whom your livelihoods depend, but perhaps they believe their own lies about the makeup of the Tea Party movement, and can't see that the people they're attacking are, among others, the independents and disaffected Democrats who comprise 40% of the Tea Party movement. They need those independents and Democrats to win elections. These people don't scare easily and, if anything, they're just getting angrier at how they're being treated by their own government, a government they grew up respecting and now resent for its arrogance.
Who are the the Tea Party people? A recent study revealed they're much more diverse than the stereotype created of them - but some of us already knew that.
They are hard-working, God-fearing people who love their families and their neighbors, give generously of their time, talent and treasure to help others, serve in their churches, schools and throughout their communities, and thank God every day for this unique and blessed nation in which we live.
They have worn her uniform in military service, defended her from criticism by enemies from without and within, and are optimistic about the progress she has made and will continue to make in the years ahead.
They believe the blueprint put in place for our nation by the Founding Fathers is inspired by the wisdom of the ages and a divine view of human dignity and worth, and is as relevant and world-changing in the 21st century as it was in the 18th.
They attribute our unprecedented success as a nation to our faithful adherence to this blueprint, and they take exception to those who want to change or discard it for failed utopian experiments that assume, against all evidence and reason, that humans are willing to surrender their industry and the fruits of their labor to others through authoritarian redistribution, regardless of the legitimacy of their need or lack thereof.
They are, in the words of Sly and the Family Stone, "everyday people." And they don't throw bricks.