Frankly, we at Peace and Freedom think Axelrod’s comment is an attempt to use fear and the media to silence foes of President Obama, which is a lot more dangerous than those in the tea parties….
The anti-Tea Party crowd is not bathing itself in glory by claiming that the Tea Party groups are (a) racist (Janeane Garofalo), or (b) unhealthy or dangerous (Axelrod and DHS) for two reasons: first there is no evidence and second, the media being used to spin this bile is not unbiased….
The White House seems to be saying about the Tea Parties: “don’t believe your lying eyes, believe what we tell you.”
The comments could add to conservative Americans’ sense that they are being either ignored or besieged but not heard.
By Mark Sappenfield
Christian Science Monitor
The nationwide angst about – and within – the so-called “tea party” movement continues to gather pace.
On the Sunday morning talk show, “Face the Nation,” a senior adviser to President Obama, David Axelrod, said the tea parties organized April 15 to protest massive government spending could “mutate into something that’s unhealthy.”
The comment was immediately decried by elements of the blogosphere as an attempt to tar tea parties by inference – hinting that they are breeding grounds for the kind of antigovernment activity that led to the Oklahoma City bombings.
Say Anything, A North Dakota political blog, commented: “‘Mutate into something unhealthy?’ Like, uh, domestic terrorism? Is that what’s left unsaid here?”
A sense of injustice is already acute among many tea partyers. Though Mr. Obama remains broadly popular, Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation recently noted that he has created the widest partisan gap in America since the 1960s, according to poll numbers in the Washington Times. In other words, many people like him – a lot – but those who don’t, really don’t.
The tea parties have tapped into a sense of powerlessness among many conservatives and libertarians who do not approve of Obama and his popularity.
In addition, tea partyers feel that their movement has been willfully ignored by the mainstream media, wrote staff writer Patrik Jonsson. Saturday, they declared that the tea parties on Tax Day were the largest outpouring of American protesters since March 25, 2006, when 750,000 people marched in Los Angeles in support of rights for immigrants, Patrik added. Critics politely disagreed, with Patrik pointing out:
Critics of the movement said the numbers aren’t really that impressive, especially given the air time given to the topic by, among other conservative organizations, Fox News, which seemed at times to be promoting the events more than covering them.
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