Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

If you watched MSNBC on April 15 you heard David Shuster and Rachel Maddow ramble on like adolescents about "teabagging," their derogatory term for the tea parties. Slandering these protests and attacking them for being "Astroturf," MSNBC never bothered to attempt to understand what the tea parties were really about.

If the GE-owned media were truly impartial, rather than mocking and attacking the tea parties and their participants as lap dogs for "Corporate America," they would actually interview participants and report what they were protesting.

These protests were not a production of Fox News or Newt Gingrich, as MSNBC alleged. The vast majority of tea parties were organized and sponsored by independent individuals across the country. Best estimates of the largest anti-tax protest in American history calculate more than 1,000 events took place and more than one million people participated.

In our home state we had dozens of parties; the biggest in the capital city, Olympia, drew more than 5,000 people. We did interview participants and we found they are tired of America's massive government wasting money. Nobody from Fox News was there; instead we found hard-working Americans who took time off from work to voice frustration in the hope they could be heard.

Another attack was MSNBC's attempt to marginalize the tea parties by suggesting the attendees actually benefitted from Obama's "tax cut," but were too dumb to realize it. Never mind that Obama's tax cut was a whopping $13 a week falling to $8 a week in January. And it can hardly be called a tax cut when the majority of the people who receive it don't pay income taxes. Add to the distortion that Obama violated his campaign promise by raising taxes on cigarette smokers and he wants new taxes on energy sources to curb "greenhouse gases."

The original tea party in Boston, which helped spark our revolution, was about time-honored principles that have served America well. The original patriots were also opposing a tyrant seeking to tamper with their freedom through an intrusive government.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown are both bestselling authors and speakers. In 1988, working from their kitchen table, they formed Citizens United.
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