Townhall.comby Mike Gallagher
I just finished reading Frank Richâ€™s column in the New York Times.
I donâ€™t know why I read his weekly rants against conservatism in the Sunday Times. I mean, I often wonder why liberals who donâ€™t like my radio show, or me keep listening and calling and writing and complaining. Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m glad they do. I want to attract as many people as I can to listen to my show and I donâ€™t expect everyone to always agree with me. But if Iâ€™m making these misguided libs so angry and upset, why donâ€™t they just turn the dial?
And here I go, reading a GOP-bashing guy like Frank Rich, sending my blood pressure soaring and inevitably causing me to yell at an inanimate object -- a newspaper sitting on my kitchen table.
Maybe Iâ€™m just as bad as my critics who hound me. Iâ€™ve caught myself watching MSNBC more and more, simply amazed at the nightly hate-fest against millions of Americans who donâ€™t see the world through the granny glasses of Keith Olbermann or any of the other radical liberals who host shows there.
I guess many of us are just prone to see what the other side is up to, maybe to reinforce our own worldviews and feel confident that our ideology is right and theirs is wrong.
In any event, todayâ€™s Frank Rich diatribe featured his mortification that a state governor made some proclamation that honored the Confederacy. Rich went on to attempt to connect the dots that the Civil War was all about slavery, that Republicans always try to pretend that slavery had nothing to do with the War Between the States, that the Tea Party Movement features mainly conservatives, and there are very few Blacks participating in the Tea Party Movement. Ah ha! Us Tea Partiers are just a bunch of ignorant, Confederate Battle Flag-loving, gun-toting, Black-hating mouth breathers. That seems to be the conclusion reached by Frank Rich. One just has to put it all together as only a brilliant lib like him can do.
Another Sunday morning ruined by reading Frank Rich.
But as the Tea Party continues to grow and build and gain momentum, it seems inevitable that the Left will become more shrill and volatile and desperate in their counter-attacks. They must not see the thousands of Americans who are peaceably gathering in parks and on city hall steps and in baseball stadiums: men, women and children of all races, from all walks of life, so frustrated with the direction our country is going that they are willing to stand up and rally. People who are so anguished by the march towards socialism and higher taxes and decaying freedom that they are carrying their American flags and their signs and singing patriotic songs and listening to speakers talk about steering our country back to a time when less government meant more liberty; when national sovereignty still mattered; when the small business owner and the farmer was heralded and supported, not taxed into oblivion; when doctors were allowed to make health care choices for their patients; and when Americans were united in the understanding that there are evil forces around the world and in our country who want to kill us, and we have to fight back -- hard.
The Tea Party is simply a thing of beauty. Never have I seen such an outpouring of patriotism and good cheer and optimism all in one place as the Tea Party rallies that Iâ€™ve been honored to attend.
Last week, I spoke at two Tea Party events, the first, on the steps of the Orlando, Florida City Hall and then later in the week at a minor league baseball stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas. Smiles were everywhere. People were kind and happy and passionate. They were knowledgeable and well informed. Most of all, they were proud to see this quintessential grassroots movement take shape.
At the Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie, organizers estimated that a crowd of 18,000 people showed up on a rainy Thursday night in North Texas. Certain that critics would dispute that figure, I asked a couple of police officers on duty what they thought. They figured there were at least between 10 and 15 thousand folks in attendance.
At one point, the skies opened and the rains came. Very few people left. The sight of thousands of people holding their ground, braving the rain, and standing tall to proclaim their love of country and support of the Tea Party Movement almost brought tears to my eyes.
This is a view of the Tea Party that Frank Rich doesnâ€™t want to acknowledge. The Left will be drawn to the most extreme posters and the inescapable occasional angry sound bite on the evening news to make their case that weâ€™re all just a bunch of angry crazies. Continued... http://townhall.com/columnists/MikeGallagher/2010/04/20/frank_rich_demonizer-in-chief