As others have noted as well, first the media tried ignoring the movement. Then they mocked it. Then they attacked it and mischaracterized it.
In contrast, they embraced, exalted and promoted the liberal, ill-focused, often chaotic and sometimes violent “Occupy” protests.
We’re not aware of any significant Tea Party unruliness, despite its non-exclusive membership, and it was never the least bit ambiguous about what it wanted: an end to out-of-control government spending that is putting posterity, and perhaps our own posteriors, at great financial risk.
Yet, our media quite purposely and disingenuously continue to misrepresent that very simple message.
CBS reporter Elizabeth Palmer recently compared theocratic, autocratic presidential candidates in Iran to the Tea Party, saying, “In U.S. terms, it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the Tea Party.”
That’s just the height of lunacy – to compare the oppressive ruling theocracy’s approved candidates in one of the world’s strictest Islamic states to Americans who merely want a financially sound federal government.
It’s not just a continuance of the slander our media have slung at the good people of the Tea Party. It’s also just irrational hysteria.
It’s worthy of note that some outside of this country seem to understand the American Revolution-inspired Tea Party movement better than our liberal news media do.
British historian and professor Niall Ferguson was quoted in the Telegraph of London recently as saying, “If young Americans knew what was good for them, they would all be in the Tea Party.”
Western democracies’ famously dire financial conditions are even worse than advertised, Ferguson notes.
“Professor Ferguson,” writes the Telegraph, “argues the true size of government debt in Western democracies is many times larger than ‘deeply misleading’ figures issued in the form of bonds because they do not record unfunded liabilities of social security and health care schemes.
“ ‘The last corporation to publish financial statements this misleading was Enron,’ ” the paper quoted him.
“ ‘These mind-boggling numbers represent nothing less than a vast claim by the generation currently retired or about to retire on their children and grandchildren, who are obligated by current law to find the money in the future, by submitting either to substantial increases in taxation or to drastic cuts in other forms of public expenditure,’ he said.
“He argues one of the ways out of the current economic ‘mess’ would be for ‘a heroic effort of leadership’ to persuade all generations to ‘vote for a more responsible fiscal policy.’ ”
For this, good Americans are being compared to Islamic fundamentalists?