Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party" protests yesterday, labeling the activities "despicable" and shameful."

"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," Schakowsky said in a statement.

"It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt," she added. "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.”

This is the strongest language to date opposing the protesters, which, according to some estimates, topped 250,000 across the country.


Ms. Schakowsky, I'll tell you what I think is despicable: taking money from hard working wage earners today, and mortgaging the future of the next two or three generations in order to bail out companies that have been lead down a path to disaster.

Had you been alive in 1776, you would have been a lackey of King Charles and the British government. You would be more than happy to take and tax the Colonists until they couldn't and wouldn't take it anymore.

I think it's despicable that you don't believe in the Constitution of the United States, or think that the government is above the Constitution, which is the law of the land. Perhaps you need to be reminded that the Constitution protects...what? Freedom of Speech, which is what was utilized on April 15. Not to mention that you yourself benefit from that very right. There are countries in this world where people who voice disagreement with the government are never heard from again. Would you like to live i such a world? I know I wouldn't.

I am proud of the fact that we live in a country with the Constitution we have, one that allows protesters to protest and people such as you to criticize those very protestors.

Ms. Schakowsky, do not we, the protesters of April 15, not deserve the right to voice our opinions just as those who protested against President Bush did? Or perhaps in your world, only those who protest the things you dislike are worthy of voicing an opinion.

Isn't it a marvelous thing that we live in a country where the people who feel who feel they deserve the right to decide how to spend the money they earned can be criticized by you?

And isn't it also a marvelous thing that some of those same people who were out there protesting will be some of the very people you will be asking to vote you back into office?

I wonder how they would vote if that election were to be held tomorrow.


Side note: It appears that Ms. Schakowsky wants to go to Congress.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) said Monday that if Illinois holds a special election for Sen. Roland Burris’s (D) seat, she will be a candidate.

"If there is a special election, I’m definitely going to run in that," Schakowsky said.

I think that explains, at least to a certain extent, the comments she made about "right-wing Republicans"...",corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians".

Illinois citizens, is this who you want representing you? Well, maybe you do..

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