It all depends on the viewpoint

Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s official website has this to say about about the tax protests:

“The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt. Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.”

She supports protests for causes she approves of. She’s planning on speaking at a protest on the genocide in Darfur on April 19th, 2009. Somehow, her understanding of the right to protest, organize, and redress the government doesn’t include viewpoints she finds inappropriate.

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
— Abraham Lincoln

Update
15,000 people in Sacramento alone, and she thinks they did it because of Fox News?

Update 2
For the sake of argument, let’s say Rep. Schakowsky is correct. The only reason that people attended these protests in approximately 2000 cities all over the country was because they were told to by Fox News. That makes Fox News the third largest political party in the country. They should pick a name and organize for the next election.

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2 thoughts on “It all depends on the viewpoint

  1. Uh, hell yes people think it’s because of Fox News. Mostly because it blatantly is. Yes, in February there were some true ‘grass-roots’ tea parties. This time? Fox got its claws into it. I don’t think it can be called ‘grass-roots’ when almost the entirety of the Fox News team is hosting them across the country, including Neil what’s-his-nuts in Sacramento. Also, the fucking name of the event: Fox News Corporation Tax Day Tea Parties. I’d say that pretty solidly puts the ball in Fox’s park.

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