I read … alot; newspapers across the country and many internet sites completely ignored or minialized the more than 700 TEA parties held independently across the nation yesterday. Whether or not this is a concerted effort by newspapers to quash an uprising of individuals concerned with out of control government is a topic I’ll leave to the conspiracy crowd, however, there was a marked tone in the coverage of the events by network television.
Quite frankly I am not surprised, nor am I amused to even the smallest factor. There appeared to be a concerted effort however, with CNN, NBC and CBS. Each of these respective networks along with their affiliate stations demeaned the people, no … the patriots, who turned out by the thousands to protest our governments actions. In one particular case, Susan Roesgen a CNN reporter in Chicago characterized the protesters as anti-government, anti-Obama and anti-CNN. Here is a clue for Ms. Roesgen; If you stop inciting people and listen to their comments, you would clearly understand that the protest was about the direction the country has taken, and taxes are but a small part of the bigger picture. The mere fact that you chastized a person over their views with regards to $400 in tax credits, shows without a doubt that you are utterly clueless about the reasons behind the protests.
In the local media, the coverage was quite different between two television stations. The first one, an independent station, reporting on the TEA Party at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville Florida, stated that there was a capacity crowd that exceeded 4000. While I believe this number to be a bit high, it is pretty close since the stated capacity of Jax Landing is around 3600, although it wouldn’t be too difficult to imagine another 400 or so people squeezing in the open-air venue, particularly considering the number of boats that could dock from the river, and the fact that capacities are generally stated from a given formula of area per person. We know from experience that more people can fit into an area than it was designed for, so this should come as no surprise. However, in stark contrast, a CBS affiliate in a brief commentary stated that “a few hundred tax protesters” gathered for the tax day event. It is amazing the gross understatement of the numbers of concerned citizens.
Now, lets make this very clear, while TEA is an acronym which stands for Taxed Enough Already, the TEA Party held in nationwide protest was not entirely about taxes, it was about government gone wild. The incessant driving force behind our government to consistently and without regard to reason, to spend money as if there were a magic fountain flowing with greenbacks is irresponsible and unsustainable, even in the short term. The fact that the GAO predicts an $11 trillion dollar increase in national debt over the next several years is lost on the sensationalist media types and the government alike. As Daniel Hannan so aptly put it, you cannot spend your way to prosperity and you can never borrow enough money to get out of debt. This country is trying to do both, and the end result will be that the young adults of today will have an increased tax burden of an estimated $130,000 over their lifetime. That is an estimated $3250 more per year, every year, for the rest of their working life, or roughly 3 months working full time at a minimum wage job.
Further, while I fully expect that we as citizens should respect laws, there comes a time when laws become prohibitive to freedom and are used to quell the free speech guaranteed by our constitution. In those instances, it is imperitive that the people take charge and regardless of the law in question, they should invoke their freedom as it trancends laws and government. Many jurisdictions across this nation, in an attempt to prevent the people from making their voice heard, were denied by government the right to peacefully gather. Permits were required by cities and counties, and in many cases they were denied. In those instances, the requirement of a permit from a jurisdiction flies in the face of the constitution. We do not and must not allow government to require us to ask permission to protest, to seek redress. Unfortunately many people were disuaded by government officials, and those that denied these permits are guilty of tyranny and should be expelled from office, by force if necessary.
Perhaps we should start seeing government leaders being expelled by citizens; then perhaps those we select to represent us would do just that.