By Juanita BratcherÂ
I donâ€™t know about you, but Iâ€™m very much aware that the media is giving the Tea Party movement far more credit than it deserves.
There is a barrage of coverage focused on the Tea Party movement, and this, for a few thousand people protesting? A small percentage of Americaâ€™s population, that for the most part, spews out hatred and incendiary remarks under the pretense of being in opposition to the Obama Administrationâ€™s politics and policies.
Â And itâ€™s obvious that the Tea Party movement is nothing more than an arm of conservative Republicansâ€¦that their joints are connected. Pure and simple! Nothing more, nothing less!
The Tea Partiers are a small group of loud â€œattention grabbersâ€¦rabble-rousers.â€ At many of the fired-up rallies there were pistol toting thugs with guns strapped to the side of their pants in stark protest of health care reform.
But with all their fanfare at healthcare rallies in opposition to health care reformâ€¦ chanting, â€œKill the bill,â€ the legislation was passed and signed into law. Results are the key to success.
There is nothing wrong with protest. Thatâ€™s the American way. But there should be some civility involved in the way one protests
There were reports that at one of the rallies when Georgia U.S. Congressman John Lewis was passing through by demonstrators, he was called a â€œNiggerâ€; Missouri U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was spit on; and Congressman Barney Frank was called a name I wonâ€™t repeat.
And if youâ€™ve watched many of the Tea Partiersâ€™ rallies, youâ€™ve certain to have heard or seen their outlandish and hateful rhetoric, their uncivilized behavior, disturbing posters, insulting remarks and espousing misinformation. What about dealing with facts?
In many instances they have a line of key supporters and motivators, whether speaking at rallies or on-air personalities: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. They have, at times, accused President Barack Obama of â€œDestroying our country.â€ Others see them as being the destroyers with their incendiary rhetoricâ€¦dividing the country. They just donâ€™t get it! Or they donâ€™t want to get it!
Certainly, those attending these rallies – more likely than not – are people who didn’t vote for President Barack Obama in the first place.
Some years ago, we heard a lot of talk about the â€œSilent Majorityâ€, people that didn’t say what they were thinking, but made a difference whenÂ letting their voices be heard at the polls on Election Day. If a voter doesnâ€™t like the policies or politics of an administration or the politician/elected official that represent them in their district, they should go to the polls with tenacity and vote them outÂ
Itâ€™s also amazing to me when I hear predictions that those who voted for health care legislation â€œwill pay.â€ It could be that those who voted against it will pay. Many times predictions are made due to â€œwishful thinkingâ€, how one wishes things to beâ€¦based on hope rather than reality.
I donâ€™t know about you, butÂ I’m waiting to hear thatÂ Silent Majority’s voice on Election Day. That will be the telling story…factual rhetoric, because then the “real” results will be in.