Saturday, May 2, 2009

Demanding an apology . . .



President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Others Owe 1.2 Million Tea Partiers an Apology -

The American People Deserve Better From Their Elected Representatives and Are Beginning to Demand It





Among the political class it has apparently become acceptable, and even fashionable, for American politicians from the President on down to mock the citizens they represent. In a development that can only further denigrate the discourse necessary to any effective democracy, politicians and the "serious" news media are now mocking citizens regularly and with impunity. Supported by mainstream journalists on MSNBC and CNN who themselves use sexual slurs on national television to mock and attack the same citizens, the politicians openly demonstrate their feelings of superiority in regard to those they were elected to represent. They now candidly express their disdain for a significant portion of the American population without threat of reprisal by the mainstream media.

On the morning of the April 15th Tea Parties, the American public was informed on national news by one of the President's economic advisers, Jared Bernstein, that the President was "unaware" of the tea parties taking place in over 850 cities across the nation. On April 29th, the President informed a town hall meeting in St. Louis that he has now become aware of the tea parties, but only from "certain news channels on which I'm not very popular." He referred to the one million plus Patriots who came out in legitimate and constitutionally protected demonstrations of free speech on April 15th as "folks waving tea bags around..." While he collects royalties (last year about $2.6 million) from his books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father, the President has the audacity to imply that we the people have nothing legitimate to say about high taxes, wasteful spending and corporate bailouts. The President also seems to believe that it is appropriate to mock millions of Americans who are expressing their opinions publicly in a peaceful manner. "Perhaps he feels that by mocking the tea parties and the patriots who attend them, that he can marginalize them. But we know that real patriots cannot be marginalized, and that they will continue to make their voices heard in ever greater numbers," says Mark Meckler, Sacramento Tea Party Coordinator and Tea Party Patriots National Leadership Council Member.

This sort of condescending approach to the grassroots is a hallmark of politicians all across this land. We, the grassroots are mocked by the President as "folks waving tea bags around." Discussion of our legitimate complaints and concerns is avoided through the use of derogatory and condescending rhetoric. We've heard similar rhetoric from the Speaker Nancy Pelosi who says the tea parties are an "Astroturf initiative," and "contrived events backed by those who like tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans." Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL), called people who attended the Tea Parties "despicable" and "shameful," said they represent "corporate interests" and said the events were created only by "Republican lobbyists and politicians." At every level, the majority of politicians refuse to discuss the issues head on, and refuse to acknowledge the fact that a huge, non-partisan, grassroots movement has coalesced around limited government, fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. As politicians, they are simply interested in taking and spending more and more of our money, and in leaving our children with the burdens of their excess. And they mock, deride and oppose anyone who objects to what they are doing.

At this time, the President, and all other politicians who demeaned the tea party protesters, Speaker Pelosi (CA), and Rep. Schakowsky (IL) included, owe 1.2 million patriots an apology. If our politicians are truly interested in dialogue with the people they claim to represent, such a dialogue must begin with respect for the citizens of this country. That show of respect will begin when the politicians acknowledge that mocking and demeaning well-intentioned, peaceful patriots who love their country is the height of arrogance, and a terrible mistake. The American people deserve better from their elected representatives, and are beginning to demand it.

9 comments:

Conservative Scalawag said...

While yes, Obama,the liberal dems,and the media need to apologize to those who attended the Tea Parties. I frankly don't see it happening.

Which is fine with me,for it only fuels the fire in my gut to voice my opinion and to be heard.

VoteNovember2008 said...

Scalawag, Amen to that! It will never happen, but we deserve one! I've said it before, a sleeping giant has been awakened. Enogh is enough on many fronts! Have a great weekend! VN8/BB

OweMe1Cannoli said...

Yanno, VN8 -- I've said this before, but there are so many media pieces about how foolish those stupid tea parties are. It's funny, but they were actually a legal, sensible tax protest. They were carried off as the Constitution allows, things were peaceful all over the country, and the message was delivered. Liberals, otoh, cannot possibly compete with that. They have NOTHING. At JUST ONE typical left-wing protest, they throw rocks, bottles, steal televisions, spit on veterans, and they get arrested. Can you imagine what would happen if they acted like this in a nationwide organized protest? What part of that sort of behavior constitutes the "high road"? That is something worth ridiculing!

Lee said...

Amen. Conservatives, largely because they're also viewed as white and evangelical, are open to mockery. That's OK by me because it's just throwing gas on the fire. These folks forget that they govern by the consent of those governed. We knew during the campaign what BO thinks of the peasants - the angry, gun toters clinging to their religion.

BTW: I highly recommend Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny, in its fifth week on top of the NYT best seller list but, oddly, not reviewed.

VoteNovember2008 said...

OM1, I already have RSVP'd for July 4th, Tea Party Patriots, Gwinnett Place Mall, 6:00 p.m. Can't wait, if there is another one before then, I'll be at that one too. We are going to be heard, they are going to listen and by God, we are taking this Country back and placing it in the hands of the citizens. The working, the tax paying and the law abiding citizens. Mark my word and I've been saying this for the past ten years, something is going to start a revolution and I didn't know what it was but this trillion dollar (so called) STIMULUS bill, sent quiet, peaceful citizens who would not normally raise their voices, to their feet and they are mad as hell and they are not going to take it any more! You know someone once said, "Give me liberty or . . ." well, bar the door, we are on the move! VN8

VoteNovember2008 said...

Lee, I'm with you brother, I hope they keep ridiculing us, I hope they don't let up, because it's like having a poor old bear in a cage, just keep jabbing him, poking at him, one of these days he's going to get his hands on your ass and he's going to rip your throat wide open! Might sound a little extreme, but most common, decent folks, keep their noses clean, go to church, raise their families, pay their taxes, mumble under the breath and just keep working and paying more taxes, but guess what, those same solitude people are breaking their backs under this enormous STIMULUS bill and they realize that "they" won't pay it off, their "children" won't pay it off and their "grandchildren" probably won't pay it off, no siree, we are mad as hell and we are not taking it any more! Sticks and stones won't break my bones, I love my Country and I'll be at a TEA Party as long as we still have a Constitution! It's my RIGHT and I'm going to get what is mine, everyone else does! LOL VN8

PS You keep promoting that book and I want to read it, are you making a commission! LOL :)

Conservative Scalawag said...
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Conservative Scalawag said...

Lee,it is great, just finished it on CD,kind of like a study guide for the 5000 Year Leap.

VN8,I will see your there on July 4th,you can count on it.

VoteNovember2008 said...

Scalawag, we are going to rock the house. I hope we can at least see the stage this time. Hope we get some great Patriots on stage! Lee has recommended that book so many times, I'm going online and order it! It sounds like a must read! If Lee recommends it, I'm going to love it! VN8 :)