In a recent column, political analyst Roland S. Martin, author of “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House,” exposes the hypocrisy of the Tea Party protests, as well as its most vicious critics.
First, let’s deal with the Tea Party haters. Please, shut up.
How can any liberal, progressive, moderate or conservative be mad about a group of Americans taking to the streets to protest the actions of the country? What they are engaged in is constitutional. The freedom to assemble, march, walk, scream and yell is right there in the document we all abide by.
Do I object to idiots holding up clearly racist signs, as well as the stupidity of images of President Obama as Hitler? Of course. That ignorance detracts from whatever commentary they are trying to make on the status of the nation.
…But it’s clear that most of the folks attending Tea Party rallies are not bigots and homophobes. There are ignorant fools in all groups, and the Tea Party is no different.
If anyone wants to oppose the Tea Party for spreading misinformation, do that. But to assert that it’s wrong to take part in civic engagement is utterly silly. The best of this country came out of the action of those in the streets.
…They are a rowdy, loud and forceful bunch filled largely with Republicans who oppose the policies of the president. Nothing wrong with that. There were a bunch of rowdy, loud and forceful liberals and progressives taking to the streets to oppose the policies of President George W. Bush.
Finally, after a year of the left slandering the Tea Party protests as racist, bigoted, white supremacist, the Ku Klux Klan, and teabagging rednecks, I finally find someone who disagrees with the movement, but doesn’t resort to race-bating or smear attacks.
And he’s an African American to boot!