As a working broadcast and newspaper journalist, I don’t believe I should be donating money to a political candidate or party that I might later be reporting on. And I shouldn’t be taking part in a protest for or against some issue I may be assigned to cover. That doesn’t look good for someone whose goal is reporting stories fairly and accurately.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions. We all do. And that doesn’t mean I don’t support or oppose certain candidates, elected officials or parties.
My close friends and family members know all too well how I feel about a variety of issues and public officials. The rest of you find out what’s going on in the deep, dark crevices of my gray matter now and then only through my occasional column in “The North Scott Press” or through this blog.
Today, I want to say a few words in support of the tea party protests that are going on.
Some critics say they’re being organized and attended by conservatives — Republicans who are unhappy with their loss of power and want the Obama administration to fail or at least look bad.
I don’t think that’s it at all. That may apply to some tea party advocates, but most of the tea parties’ support comes from both sides of the political aisle and from independents, too.
They’re not about political parties. They’re about good, working-class Americans who are fed up with high taxes and escalating fees at all levels of government and want to make a public statement about it.
They’re about people who are sick to death of excessive and wasteful government spending that’s putting future generations of Americans deeply in debt.
And tea parties are about calling for an end to bailouts for greedy people on Wall Street and mortgage lenders who are made some ill-advised loans and large companies so poorly managed they deserve to go bankrupt and fat cats who, while making big salaries and bonuses, are commanding sinking ships.
Tea parties are an indication that a growing number of people are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. These are people who ultimately are going to take back control of their government not by violence but by throwing the bums outs — using the ballot box to call home those wasteful spenders and tax-and-fee elected people in their cities, states and country.
Who is the government? It’s we the people.
Tea parties are about taking names now and taking action in November.
Copyright 2009 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.