I'm getting motivated. The Tea Party season is heating up, and all the events that I know of are predicting three to four times the attendance from last year. I'm bringing 10 people; last year I brought one.
But just as predicted, the liberal, secular left is already planning to do everything it can "" using every sleazy trick in the book "" to make Tea Party events look bad.
There is actually a website that provides various strategies to disrupt these events. Some of the tactics include misspelling signs, making vulgar or racially oriented signs, and shouting vulgar chants. Remember the woman who wrote a letter to the editor two weeks ago? All her claims seemed to be suspiciously similar to what the website suggested doing.
All they are trying to do is attract media attention, and the mainstream media will be happy to oblige.
My advice would be to hold these protest events on private property if at all possible. That way these clowns can be asked or told to leave. Also, make sure that you and others are right there when they are being interviewed by unprofessional, leftist reporters looking for a good story.
We have to let them know that these people are in no way part of the decent people who are trying to take this country back and have it become a morally, constitutionally based country once again.
Last week, I was attending a Hartwick College lacrosse match and asked a friend if he was going to any of the upcoming Tea Party events. I was disappointed when he said he was an independent and didn't want to be a part of anything as radical as these groups. Sadly, when asked, he said that he had not been to one. This meant that he received his information from only biased, leftist sources, or what the mainstream media told him to think.
I had to point out to him that 46 percent of all Tea Party members were either Democrats or independents. Unfortunately, this, too, fell on deaf ears.
This example shows why you should attend one of these events and see for yourself what and who are involved. You will come away very favorably impressed and see that the other side is painting demeaning and erroneous pictures of Tea Party members and their cause.
I am not asking you to fall in love with the alternative news sources I am mentioning below but please listen to them at least two or three times each to get a good idea of the substance they provide.
Talk show hosts should include Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, the dreaded Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. They all have very good websites to peruse, also. Sean Hannity is on his "Conservative Victory Tour" and has so far been to Minneapolis, Detroit and New Orleans. In each case they were sellouts, and the crowds of typical, average Americans were fired up. He will be in many more cities in the near future.
Listen to Fox News starting at 5 p.m. at least a few times. You'll hear factual information that you won't hear in the mainstream media. You will soon see why Fox News is rated No. 1 in cable news and has more listeners than CNBC, MSNBC and CNN combined!
Try reading the New York Post editorial and columnist section, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal Editorial section and NewsMax.com. Of course, you should already be reading "On The Right Side."
Columnists to read are Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell, Michael Barone, Larry Elder. Michelle Malkin and Dick Morris, just to mention a few, taken from a list of more than 100.
All I'm asking is to please not let the mainstream media and liberals spoon-feed you only the information they want you to read or hear. Make your own opinion after you have given both sides a fair chance.
There are two important Tea Party rallies coming up that I hope you can attend. The first one is in Norwich on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be at the East Side Park across from the Chenango County Courthouse. Call Gilda Ward at 764-8303 or 244-5528 if you need more details.
Another good one will be held Saturday, April 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at River Valley Ford, which is located halfway between Oneonta and Otego on Route 7. Contact Tim Shorer at 435-1623 if you need additional information. There will be some good speakers at each event.
Also, please remember that the costs to hold these events are pretty substantial and are being borne by only a few people. If at all possible, try to kick in $4, $10 or more to help these individuals.
Tom Sears is a professor of accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta. He can be reached at SearsT@hartwick.edu. His column appears every other week. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/tomsears.