Is ignorance now a valid point of view?
July 4th 2010 23:05
The news media has grown quiet about the Tea Party, which is leading many uninformed Americans to believe the movement has imploded and gone into hibernation. In recent weeks, there has been a noticeable decrease in media coverage of the Tea Party. The coverage the Tea Party does receive tends to focus on the lack of leadership, the presence of division within the ranks and the ignorance of those within the movement.
In an interview with Katie Couric of CBS for Glamour Magazine, Sheryl Crow responded to the question, "What do you think of the Tea Party movement?” by saying
"I appreciate the fact that those people are out there and that they are fired up", before adding that Tea Partiers
"haven't educated themselves...they're just pissed off."She continued,
"My main concern is that [the Tea Party is] really fear-based. What's coming out of the Tea Party most often, especially if you go onto YouTube, and you see some of the interviews with these people who really don't even know what the issues are, they're just swept up in the fear of it and the anger of it."
The danger is that many people who “do not have access to” or “have turned themselves off” to the truth and reality of the Tea Party are getting their information from the “uninformed and biased” opinions of people such as Crow. This is of greater concern than the negative reporting that comes out of the news media because they are not trusted, while Sheryl Crow and the like can be trusted because they are “one of us”.
Ignorance is someone like Crow making the statement people should use
"only one square [of toilet paper] per restroom visit"in order to conserve trees. While it may be an environmentally sound statement, it has no practical application.
The reality is most tea partiers are very informed and educated on the policies and issues. More than that, they actually study, know and respect the US Constitution. They are not satisfied to receive their information from the news media and Hollywood elite; they actually do the research for themselves.
While the Tea Party is relatively quiet and out of public view, it is actually more potent and united than before. In the beginning stages of the movement, it was about “making our voice heard”, but now it is about “making my vote count". Many Americans, who have never attended a Tea Party rally or taken on a Tea Party identity, will cast their vote as a “tea partier” in the 2010 election cycle. When the liberals concur that 2010 is a tough election year, they are in essence agreeing with that reality.
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