On behalf of the Scranton Tea Party, and myself, I would like to offer my most sincere sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost a loved one in the shooting incident in Arizona. When news first surfaced of this shooting, I am sure that I was not alone in my shock, disbelief and inability to hold back the tears. The heart wrenching pain and sadness was just overwhelming for me, as I am sure it was for the rest of America.
But then something happened that I never expected. A reporter was discussing Senator Gifford’s condition with State Senator Lisa Lopez. Out of nowhere, Senator Lopez blamed the Tea Party for this event….calling it “tea party vitriol”. At first hearing her words, I felt like someone punched me in the stomach. I was sickened by her words. My immediate reaction was disbelief and I dismissed her. But then it seemed that suddenly every reporter was talking about the vitriol of the politics in America for the past few years and how it has become so heated. This unified attack left me scratching my head ,thinking “what is going on here?” Are they seriously trying to say that the Tea Party is responsible for this madman’s actions?
To try to even SUGGEST in any way, shape or form, that the shooting in Arizona can be equated to the “heated” debates in previous town hall meetings is not only outrageous, but irresponsible. Anyone who attempts to use such a horrific event to shut down the FACTUAL debate among American people, is just as despicable as the act committed by Jared Lee Loughner itself.
I have heard the statements of Rahm Emanuel “Never let a serious crisis go to waste” but for ANYONE to think that this horrific event should be considered as one of those “serious crises” is the most despicable, vile and hateful form’s of politics. It is one that we, the Tea Party, have been educating the public to for the past two years. Now I fully expect the radical progressives to call me a racist, a bigot, a homophobe and every other name they can make up. BUT, never in my wildest dreams did I think they would stoop to this level . Never did I think that the media, politicians, sherriffs and FBI agents who are supposed to represent ALL Americans, could ever go to this extreme as to blame fellow Americans for the actions of a madman. NEVER!
I am sickened by the actions of the media and irresponsible reporting of these events. I am sickened to think that American politicians could use this horrible, horrible event to shut down debate and free speech. To use not only the deaths of people caused by a mad man, but to use the pain and confusion that Americans feel over this tragedy… to attempt to twist and turn that pain into anger and rage at a group of people that have nothing whatsoever to do with his actions ….is just reprehensible.
SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! How in God’s name do you people sleep at night? How do you live with yourselves? I mean REALLY, when you can use horrible events of peoples’ deaths as a political tool….MY GOD have you no conscience? Have you no sense of accountability for your actions?
Sherriff Dupnik said that although he had no evidence of the Tea Party or Sarah Palin being responsible for this madman’s action, that in his opinion ““there is no doubt in my mind that when a number of people night and day try to inflame the public, that there’s going to be some consequences from doing that …” Well Mr. Dupnik, in MY opinion the Tea Party is the consequence of YOUR ACTIONS! The Tea Party is the consequence of the progressive attempts to inflame the public. We will hold those accountable who have effectively used the tool of not allowing a “serious crisis go to waste”. And although their technique has been very effective to shut down debate in this Country in the past, today I say NO MORE.
No more will we allow the immoral and reprehensible charges of racism, bigotry, hate and discord shut us up. NO MORE will we allow these horrible UNSUBSTANTIATED ACCUSATIONS STOP OUR SPEECH, OUR ACTIONS OR OUR WORK!
We will not stand down, we are AMERICANS. We do not let criticism and unsubstantiated accusations stop us from telling the truth, we stand up! We shine the light on the use of such cruel tactics that have caused such a divide in America.
So today I say to the Republican Party STAND UP. STAND UP and defend your electorate. Stand up and shine the light on the despicable Saul Alinsky tactics that are being used to discredit and demoralize not only the Tea Party but Sarah Palin and all Americans.
I call on this 112th Congress to immediately investigate the actions and irresponsible behavior of Sherriff Clarence Dupnik, Democratic State Senator Linda Lopez (who was the first to hurl unsubstantiated accusations against the Tea Party), FBI Director Robert Mueller and all other officials who are suppose to represent the most unbiased and respectful position . I call on this 112th Congress to hold accountable all politicians, no matter what their ideology. Hold accountable any and all media outlets and personnel who felt the need to attempt to discredit not only Tea Party members, but specific individuals, such as Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, without any evidence to substantiate their accusations.
I humbly request this 112th Congress that those who are guilty of such slanderous, libelous and defamatory remarks, not only be immediately removed from said positions, but also be held accountable and charged with defamation of character, slander, libel and any and all other charges to the full extent of the law.
And to the American people, I say to you today, There is a renewal across this great land. All true Americans have a love of freedom and prosperity, but there are those that wish to destroy that love. They wish to destroy our Republic through the creation of a hostile environment, using a “serious crisis’ and character assassination’s based on unsubstantiated accusations of hate, bigotry, racism and violence to discredit you. Do not allow it. Do not stand down. Do not be silent. Do not allow this type of behavior to continue.
STAND UP! Stand up America. Stand up and fight for your rights to be heard. Do not allow false accusations to hold you down. But fight using the tools provided to you by our Forefathers. Tools that allow a peaceful political process to create the answers to our problems. Answers that allow a revolution to occur WITHOUT blood shed.
We have a Constitutional Republic that is ruled by LAWS, NOT MAJORITY RULE as in a Democracy. Our Forefathers fought to stop Democracy, knowing that some may be tricked into blindly following others. Educate yourselves to those peaceful processes and teach them to your children, so that others in the future cannot ever use these horrible cruel tactics to shut them up. Learn your constitution, learn your rights and teach them to your family and friends.
And let me say to those who are unfamiliar with the Tea Party. We are not Anti-Government. We believe that the American people are the Government! Politicians are our servants. And WE THE PEOPLE, that means YOU, hold the destiny of future generations in your hands. Stand up America! Stand up and defend yourself using the peaceful processes our forefathers left for us.
We do not want a European style of government. We fled Europe for a reason. And we will not allow the infiltration of a few to destroy America and our Sovereignty.
God bless you and may God Bless America.
Laureen A. Cummings