By Carole on Aug 5, 2011
"The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual." No, the person who said these words was not referring to the Obama administration's absurd notion of spending our way out of debt and the lies meant to threaten our most vulnerable citizens. This statement was made by Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) on MSNBC's Morning Joe program and he was talking about stifling the free speech of those associated with the Tea Party Movement.
As if that statement wasn't enough to send a chill down the spine of anyone who believes in a free press, Senator Kerry went on to say that those tea party supported views don't deserve "the same credit as a legitimate idea." The thought of an elected official in the United States government determining what is or is not a legitimate idea is frightening enough but for him to feel comfortable enough to say it on television raises the problem to a whole new level.
Ironically, this kind of public opining that opposing political views should be suppressed by the media is one of the reasons the Tea Party movement came into existence. Our elected representatives forgot that they work for us, not the other way around, and they have tried to place themselves (along with their media accomplices) at the gate of government determining who should get in and what information should get out.
While many in the Obama administration and the old guard of both political parties attempt to marginalize the movement as a bunch of extremists, hostage takers and terrorists; the truth is it is the backlash they themselves created by arrogantly declaring they knew what was best for the country and we had no right to question their decisions or their methods.
In fact, it is politicians like Senator Kerry who need to be marginalized right back to private life. The ideas associated with the Tea Party Movement are those on which this country was founded and they are ideas we will not allow to be suppressed.
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