Obama’s Top Advisor Says Tea Parties May Be “Unhealthy” — But Most Americans See Them As Free Speech

Freedom of speech is healthy for everyone…except maybe Barack Obama’s top advisor David Axelrod who suggested that last week’s Tea Parties were “unhealthy.”

Freedom of speech isn’t about who is in power, it isn’t about race and it is not about parties….

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Free Speech, Free Assembly, Second Amendment Rights Could Come Under Fire By Obama Administration

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Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the “tea parties” held nationwide last week, including 32% who say their view of the events is Very favorable.

Thirty-three percent (33%) hold an unfavorable opinion of the tea parties according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.

While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite. Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.

One-in-four adults (25%) say they personally know someone who attended a tea party protest. That figure includes just one percent (1%) of those in the Political Class.

From Rasmussen:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conte
nt/politics/general_politics2/51_view_tea_par
ties_favorably_political_class_strongly_disagrees

Michelle Malkin
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
04/20/janeane-garafolo-meet-
katrina-pierson/

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Axelrod Says Tea Parties “Unhealthy”

Associated Press

Damn the tea bags. A top adviser to President Barack Obama takes a dim view of last week’s anti-tax “tea parties,” promoted by organizers in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party.

“The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face,” David Axelrod said Sunday.

The rallies coincided with the deadline to file income taxes, and gave people a chance also to voice frustrations about government spending and corporate bailouts.

The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, who is now a lobbyist.

Axelrod was asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” for his opinion on what the show’s host described as “this spreading and very public disaffection with not only the government, but especially the Obama administration.”

Axelrod replied: “I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy.”

“Unhealthy?” the moderator repeated.

“This is a country where we value our liberties and our ability to express ourselves. And so far these are expressions,” Axelrod answered.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks with U.S. President ...
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor David Axelrod.REUTERS/Jason Reed

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