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  • Is John McCain’s Attack On The Tea Party An Attack On Americans’ Right To Free Speech?

    NewsMax reported on December 30 that Arizona Senior Senator’s staff want to purge the leadership of the Republican Party in Arizona of any Tea Party members. They are doing this in order to assure the senator has the best chance for reelection in 2016. People on the staff have indicated to Politico that the Senator is not part of the team attacking the Tea Party leadership, but he has also not condemned their action either.

    The results of the midterm election is a clear message if you are a moderate Democrat or Republican up for reelection in 2016. You have to be a little scared about your reelection chances based on how you voted on the bill. Those Congressmen and Senators that voted for the President’s 1,600 page continuing resolution, have raised the anger to those voters who wanted a change out of the midterm election, not more of the same.

    The conservative movement made significant gains all across the nation and they are not looking for moderate Democrats or Republicans to lead the country. The Senator and his staff have decided that the best strategy is to eliminate the competition. So, if you eliminate their voice then they can’t be heard. Take away their freedom of speech and focus all of your attention on the Democratic or Republican opposition.

    One of the reasons McCain chastised his fellow Republicans was that if they voted against the bill the government would be shutdown. He was not going to vote in favor of a government shutdown. Was the Senator and others like him afraid of the repercussions of a shutdown?  I for one felt that the American voters said in overwhelming number in the November election, “Shut it down, but stop the Madness.” The Congress didn’t listen to the voters. When an elected official goes against the wishes of the voters and they do everything they can to shut down opposition, then he or she is a radical.

    It is truly hard to call a sitting Senator who was a prisoner of war for so long a radical. But if you make the decision that dissent cannot be heard and it must be silenced at all costs then you have a conformist ideology akin to the radicals in academia and other freedom-crushing belief systems overseas. All we have to do is look around and we can find many examples of government quashing descent. ISIL says to the concurred people convert to what we believe or die.

    Mitch McConnell said during his campaign for reelection to the Senate on March 9, 2014 this about the Tea Party: “We are going to crush them everywhere.”

    I have to wonder why in our country we are attacking and assaulting people’s right to say what they think is best for America. Young men and women are fighting and dying for our right to disagree and discover what is best for America, not so that one side can deny the right to speak our mind. Is it possible that the people who are trying to destroy free speech are actually afraid that they are in the wrong?


    Dan Perkins

    Dan Perkins is a novelist who has written a trilogy on a terrorist attack against the United States. The Brotherhood of the Red Nile series is available at Amazon.com. Mr. Perkins book web site is www.danperkins.guru.

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