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The Tea Party: Correcting the Narrative

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The Tea Party narrative in America has been drafted, perfected, and advanced by the Political Left and its cronies through the mainstream media.

It is a false narrative.

It’s time for all people who believe in limited government as determined by the constitution of the United States of America, the separation of powers, and individual liberty and self-determination, to correct the narrative and help all of America’s citizens understand the truth about this movement. It’s time to tell the president, the congress, Wall Street, and Corporate America their gig is up. We will not tolerate the game being played to the detriment of all working Americans who just want to provide the best life they can for their families and those they love.

The Tea Party is not a movement full extremists doing damage to this country. Any objective person, using common sense, can quickly see where the power lies and who is truly damaging every American’s ability to determine his or her own future and how they live their lives.

It’s time to stop listening to a so-called free press that is no longer an objective observer or watch dog. The major media voices are bought and sold. Time to stop being told what to believe. Time to stop assuming the media is acting as another check and balance on our government or has your best interests at heart. Start doing your own homework. Take down the shields and barriers and give the other side a fair hearing.

Study the founding documents of this nation and weigh your findings against the standards set in those time-tested principles.

Then decide where you stand.

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The Tea Party: Convenient Target of Blame

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The Tea Party has become the dumping ground for any societal ill conceived by the Left.  The Left points the finger and the lapdog media spreads the word.  It doesn’t have to be vetted for accuracy or context as long as the Tea Party is the target.

Now chew on this for bit.

This is a timeline of events from 2009 to present of violent acts initially blamed on the Tea Party only to reveal the individuals perpetrating these acts of violence were coming from the very group who is consistently extending the pointed finger.

  • Sept 2009: census-taker Bill Sparkman found hanged in rural Kentucky. Media speculated it was Tea Party. (He killed himself.)
  • Feb 2010: Joe Stack flies small plane into an IRS building. Anti-tax Tea Party rhetoric blamed. (He had writings where he quoted from the Communist Manifesto.)
  • Feb 2010: Amy Bishop shoots colleagues at University of Alabama faculty meeting. Gun-loving Tea Party suspected. (She was a Democrat who voted for President Obama.)
  • March 2010: John Patrick Bedell shot two Pentagon security. A right-wing extremist, media speculate. (A registered Democrat and 9/11 Truther.)
  • May 2010: massive Times Square car bomb found. Bloomberg speculates it’s someone upset about the ACA. (Actually, plain vanilla jihadist killing for Allah.)
  • August 2010: Amid GZM debate, Muslim cabbie stabbed in NYC. Media speculates: a RWNJ? (Actually, a Left leaning art student off his meds.)
  • Sept 2010: James Lee takes hostages at Discovery Chan HQ. Media speculates: climate change denier? (A hard left environmentalist who hates humans.)
  • Jan 2011: Jared Lee Loughner shoots up campaign event of Rep. Giffords. Media: Tea Party rhetoric is to blame. (An apolitical conspiracy theorist.)
  • July 2012: James Holmes shoots up theater in Aurora, CO. Brian Ross suggests he’s a Tea Party member on live TV even pointing out a different James Holmes by name simply because he affiliated with the Tea Party. (Just another unmedicated apolitical kook.)
  • April 2013: Tsarnaev brothers bomb Boston Marathon. Media suggests RWNJ commemorating “Patriot’s Day.” (Actually, just more jihadists.)
  • Oct. 2013: Media retroactively blames right wing for JFK assassination. (Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist defector.)
  • Dec 2013: student shoots up CO high school w/ shotgun. Denver Post scrubs his self-described “socialist” beliefs.

The pattern is very clear and all too common. We’re on to you, Liberal Media.

I’d like to see a similar list, with verifiable press clippings, showing actual events like these perpetrated by Tea Party members.

I’d be surprised if such a list can be compiled.

Do You Really Know WHAT the Tea Party Is? I doubt it.

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A refreshingly honest admission by a Yale University professor may do more to help the country see the real Tea Party and understand what it really stands for than any news report could ever do.

tea party science comprehension studyProfessor, Dan Kahan, did a study on education, religiosity, ideology, and science comprehension and posted his findings on the website CulturalCognition.net.   To his very apparent surprise, people who affiliated themselves with the Tea Party were more educated in science than any other political party members.

This discovery shocked Kahan to the point that he exclaimed:

“I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully expected I’d be shown a modest negative correlation between identifying with the Tea Party and science comprehension.  But then again, I don’t know a single person who identifies with the Tea Party. All my impressions come from watching cable tv — & I don’t watch Fox News very often — and reading the “paper” (New York Times daily, plus a variety of politics-focused internet sites like Huffington Post & Politico).  I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”

I am not really surprised that Mr. Kahan doesn’t know any people who associate themselves with the Tea Party. He is a professor at a very liberal university where academicians find sport looking down on the unwashed uneducated hicks they identify as Tea Partiers or more commonly the more vulgar and disrespectful term Tea Baggers. The Left has denigrated the Tea Party so much that many will not admit their association or identification with the Tea Party to anyone for fear of public ridicule.

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I’m confident this is how the majority of Americans have gained their own less-than-positive opinions about the Tea Party and why the general public carries an overwhelmingly negative perspective. Our news media has painted this picture with a continuous barrage of negative comments, allusions, and stories that in my experience always focus on one individual or small group, the fringe, and then extends that negative stereo-type onto all people in the party as a whole.

Every political party has its fringe members.  I believe most reasonable and fair-minded people would agree the fringe does not represent those groups as a whole, but the Tea Party is not given the benefit of that reasoning.

Anyone who has attended a Tea Party event, meeting, or rally, knows from experience these negative images and stories are more fabrication than fact.

The Tea Party is not a political party but rather a movement of common people who feel the Government has taken too large a place in our lives.

Most who align with Tea Party ideals are worried about the constant increase in Government size and control over their lives along with a huge increase in expenditures that has increased the national debt to a point where it can never be reduced to any appreciable level.

They believe the debt will eventually reach a level where the government can not fulfill its promises. This will result in riots if the people can no longer get what the government has promised.teaparty

Tea Party people won’t ask for your political affiliation if you inquire about what the Tea Party stands for.  But they will ask you how you feel about the size of Government, the constitution, whether the Federal Government should be involved in Education, Health Care, Energy, Marriage, and other important social issues of the day.

They strongly believe the Affordable Care Act should not be implemented in its current form for many reason, but mainly because it was forced to a vote without having been read by those who voted, without people having any understanding as to what the unintended consequences would be, and with the costs being completely misrepresented.

Why should those people be branded as kooks, terrorists, jihadists, racists, and traitors?

If representatives who run on Tea Party principles use every legal means possible to prevent implementation of a law they feel is harmful to more Americans than it helps, do they deserve to be pilloried?

Those in power fear the Tea Party.  It is as grass roots as any movement has ever been.  It is made up of Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents.  It is a group that has had enough of a government they see as out of control in its spending, its regulations, its overreaching legislation, and its seeming lust and death grip on power and control over the people of this country.

They’ve reached the proverbial end of their rope and they’re speaking out. Some are doing and saying things none of us want to see or hear, but they are the few, the fringe, and not representative of the whole.  It’s time the media accurately portray who and what the Tea Party is and stop spreading misinformation.

Written by DCL

October 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

The Party of NO

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Words mean things but actions confirm them.

If you’ve read or watched any news at all over the past 4 days you’re aware of the government shutdown. You may even be aware of the reason for the shutdown. But are you aware of what’s actually being shutdown? Furthermore, are you aware of what appears to be a campaign by the federal government to shut down things that are not even funded by the federal government?

That last question is the one I want to focus on. The answer to that question exposes what I believe is motivating the Liberal Progressives in DC including our President to make the shutdown as painful as possible for as long as possible.

The reasoning for such motivation? Their understanding of the media, their control of the mainstream channels, and knowing the media will run with their narrative. A narrative that says it’s all Republican’s fault and the result of the Tea Party take-over of that party.

The hope is a majority of Americans will buy into that premise and turn against the Tea Party.

Ironically a similar strategy was implemented with the sequester, which by all measures didn’t work. The sequester, it turns out, wasn’t the apocalypse Liberals told us it would be.

But back to the desire by some in our federal government to inflict pain and frustration to get their way.

World War II Govnt ShutdownTake for example the more publicized World War II memorial which was barricaded on Tuesday to keep people from walking through the open air monument. Why?

The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta points to a theory for why the WWII memorial, along with every other open-air monument in Washington’s Mall, has been closed to the public:

It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome. Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

The Washington Monument syndrome, also known as the Mount Rushmore Syndrome, or the firemen first principle, is a political tactic used in the United States by government agencies when faced with budget cuts or a government shutdown. The tactic entails cutting the most visible or appreciated service provided by the government, from popular services such as national parks and libraries to valued public employees such as teachers and firefighters…. The name derives from the National Park Service’s alleged habit of saying that any cuts would lead to an immediate closure of the wildly popular Washington Monument. [Wikipedia]

Political brinksmanship. Period.

I’m still waiting for the names of whoever gave the order to barricade the memorial knowing daily tours of the last remaining WWII vets would be coming to THEIR memorial and knowing the pain not being able to enter it would bring. All to muster political leverage against their conservative opponents.

Next there’s Wisconsin. The National Parks Service told Wisconsin to shut down its state parks even though they were not directly funded by the federal government.

Why?

Mount Vernon BarricadesThe National Park Service erected barricades to shut down parking lots surrounding Mount Vernon despite the fact that the tourist destination is privately owned and has been for 150 years, another example of how the feds are deliberately worsening the government shut down.

To make a point and make the shutdown bigger and more painful.

These actions speak loud and clear to the political games being played by an administration that cares more about its power and control over everything in this country than it does the general welfare of the people who live in it.

To be sure both parties in the two-party system share the blame for this shutdown, but while the Liberal side is using brinksmanship and propaganda to forward a political goal, their conservative counterparts are passing bills to fund as much of the government as they can hoping to bring the naysayers to the negotiation table for a serious discussion about the Affordable Care Act.

So far Harry Reid has pretty much given the finger to anyone who even mentions Obamacare and our president has made it clear he lives in a no negotiation zone.

Link the actions with the words and see who the real obstructionists and party of NO is right now.

The Party of NO - Democrats

 

Written by DCL

October 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Letter to Washington Post Ombudsman

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What has happened to the 4th estate?  As a retired member of the electronic press, broadcast journalist, and former news director, I hardly recognize the profession I was trained in.

I watch as ABC’s Brian Ross suggests on national TV after a Google search, that a man by the name of James Holmes in Aurora Colorado, who recently “joined the Tea Party” “might” be the killer who butchered 12 people and wounded 70+ others in a Colorado movie theater…  He failed to mention that the same Google search will bring up James Holmes OWS participant or any number of other men named James Holmes.  No, he chose the Tea Party guy, because those Tea Party people have been going on so many killing rampages lately (sarcasm intended).
Harry Reid accuses Mitt Romney of Tax evasion.I watch as Harry Reid slanders Mitt Romney on the Senate floor by insinuating that Romney has evaded taxation for 10 years, a felony, simply because he got a phone call from someone who says so.
Then the Washington Post’s, Ed O’Keefe jumps on it and through your newspaper perpetuates a rumor without a shred of evidence simply because in Mr. O’Keefe’s mind it “resonates” with people.  Mr. O’Keefe is listed as a political reporter, not a pundit, or editorial contributor.  Reporters report facts backed with multiple sources and preferably both sides of the story.  When did those rules of reporting, objectivity, and responsibility to “seek truth and report it.” change into what we see all too often today.  http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp
What makes Mr. O’Keefes work even more disturbing is the fact that he reported on a similar story but with a 180 degree shift.  The headline should refresh your memory.
“McCain defends Clinton aide accused by 5 in GOP: Senator decries letter linking Abedin to Muslim Brotherhood.”
In that piece O’Keefe gave a scathing rebuttal to those “fringe voices” on the right spreading “conspiracy theories” without any evidence.  Please Mr. Pexton, help me understand the difference in overall context between these two “reports” and I use that term loosely.
In both cases unproven accusations were made.  In one case O’Keefe called out the accusers, in the other he supported him.  In both cases the parties being scolded or held up for ridicule are conservatives.
I’m sure neither you nor your colleagues see what I and millions of Americans see in the daily press, where 85% of reports on Mitt Romney are negative while the opposite is true for the President, and rumor is reported as fact or at the very least reported with a caveat at the end of “we not sure yet”.  But Americans are starting to see the mainstream media for what they are, clueless, biased, and elitist.  So much so that even some of those who’ve spent careers in the news industry with admitted liberal political ideologies are getting fed up.
A former Network TV News Producer after seeing Andrea Mitchell’s poorly edited Mitt Romney remarks blogged:
“Forget it. I’m done.  You deserve what they’re saying about you.  It’s earned.  You have worked long and hard to merit the suspicion, acrimony, mistrust and revulsion that the media-buying public increasingly heaps upon you.   You have successfully eroded any confidence, dispelled any trust, and driven your audience into the arms of the Internet and the blogosphere, where biases are affirmed and like-minded people can tell each other what they hold to be true, since nobody believes in objective reality any more.  You have done a superlative job of diminishing what was once a great profession and undermining one of the vital underpinnings of democracy, a free press”
I must echo his sentiments and it pains me to see my former profession sink so low.
The only news in the Reid vs Romney story is either Reid is a liar and slanderer or Romney is a felon.  Perhaps Mr. O’Keefe could do some actual journalistic research, interviews, and reporting to tell us which is true.  Only one can be, so it shouldn’t be all that hard.
Sincerely,
Doug Long
UPDATE:  On August 6th I received the following email from Patrick Pexton, Washington Post Ombudsman concerning the Ed O’Keefe article discussed in my letter.  Here is his response.
“Thanks Doug, I am disturbed by this too, I’ll have to look into it a bit more before I write, but my initial reaction is that this should never have been printed, no substantiation at all.”
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Patrick B. Pexton
Washington Post Ombudsman
ombudsman@washpost.com
202-334-7582

Written by DCL

August 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm