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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In May 9 Issue
Russell County News

“Tea Anyone?”  

It’s starting to become clear that the party’s not over!  “Tea Party” that is!  

Our President and the media are trying to play down the overwhelming response to these recent events. The main stream media and so called celebrities have been referring to the people attending these events as racists, homophobes and right wing activists, but if you take a closer look, you will find people just like you and I that are trying to be heard.

Glenn Beck has made a controversial splash in the news lately and he also has been labeled as a crazy nut case and extremist. Here’s what Beck recently posted on his website, www.glennbeck.com about the “Tea Parties”

“What the media does not understand is I didn’t start this, FOX News didn’t start this, the people started it and it began to grow because that is what the people wanted. They found their own voice and thousands of people held peaceful protests across the country.

Turns out they were misunderstood. The media just didn’t get it. They blamed FOX News or the Republicans or me for the tea parties.

Either because of their agenda or because they are just really blind to what happens off the island most of them work on.

I look at the people who attended the tea parties and I’m guessing that most of them would be uncomfortable with being labeled “activists.” This is not ACORN.

They are reluctant activists. And I understand that: What kind of normal person wants to go stand out in public shouting things? Honestly, if I wasn’t covering the tea parties I don’t know if I would have gone to the Alamo on April 15.

I would talk to my friends and family and yell at the TV some more, but I don’t take to the streets. I’m just not that person.

The only thing that could turn me into an “activist” is seeing my children’s future being ruined. And that’s exactly what’s happening. I bet that’s why a lot of the people are involved now.

The majority of those at the tea parties were just regular Americans who love their country and don’t need to wear a red, white and blue cape and chant “USA! USA!” to prove it.

That’s not the view the media likes to show because it doesn’t fit into their little box. But presenting those people as extremists does.”

Many people do not understand that these are normal folks that are finally stepping up and saying “enough!” One gentleman on Beck’s television show said that he use to be a democrat, but who wants to claim to be a democrat with leaders in the party like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?  Many republicans feel the same way.

While I am not ready to abandon the Republican Party, leaders like John McCain do not represent my principals and political views. If the main stream media would take the time to listen and report the truth, they would find that the majority of the people attending these tea parties are sick of the big government getting bigger and too much spending.  Hard working people are sick of being forced to support the deadbeats that are too lazy to work.  

Thomas Jefferson said it best!  “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”


May God bless…

Ron Phillips

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