“(The Tea Party’s) stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” Freeman told CNN host Piers Morgan. “What underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’”
Freeman rejected Piers Morgan’s suggestion that race wasn’t a factor.
“It is a racist thing,” he said, later adding that the Tea Party agenda “just shows the weak, dark, underside of America. We’re supposed to be better than that.”
Black businessman Herman Cain, a Tea Party favorite who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, told Fox News on Saturday that he doubts Freeman has ever been to a Tea Party event, like most people who criticize the movement as racist.
“I just think it’s sad that they’re so short-sighted in really understanding what the whole Tea Party citizen movement is all about,” Cain told Neil Cavuto. “I’m not offended by it because it doesn’t slow down my momentum. It doesn’t slow down the reaction that I get from people.”
Let’s take Freeman’s quotes line by line to refute him properly…a courtesy he did not extend to those of us he criticizes by the way. “The Tea Party’s stated policy is to make Obama a one-term president.” Yes, Mr. Freeman, and this is because they disagree with the manner in which President Obama has led this country for nearly three years. “What underlies that?” Freeman asks. Again, disagreement is what underlies that. I know, based on all of the conspiracy movies you have done, that you find it hard to believe there could be such a simple truth, but there it is. They simply disagree with the man and the man’s philosophies. The Tea Party believes that all of our country’s representatives should be more responsible in their spending habits, and our taxation policies, and the regulations they pass on our country’s businesses that are based on the nefarious actions of a symbolic few of them. Attend a Tea Party rally, Mr. Freeman, and you’ll hear the names Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, and Dodd/Frank mentioned as often as you hear the name Obama mentioned.
“Screw the country,” Freeman says to mimic what he believes Tea Party members profess, “We’re going to do whatever we have to do to get this black man outta here!” Tea Party members, in turn, believe that our black president has said ‘screw the country and its Constitution principles, we’re going to do whatever he have to do to get our agenda passed.’
“It is a racist thing,” Freeman said, later adding that the Tea Party agenda “just shows the weak, dark, underside of America. We’re supposed to be better than that.”
We’re supposed to be better than disagreeing with our nation’s leaders? Isn’t that kind of what brought this nation into existence?
Anyone who has bothered to do research on the Tea Party, before making such irresponsible comments, knows that the gestation cycle of the Tea Party movement did not begin under Barack Obama, and it won’t end when he leaves office either. The core of the movement began under the irresponsible spending patterns that George W. Bush started and Barack Obama accelerated. It is ludicrous to believe, to my mind, that one could corral a movement of millions based on a few bills here and there. You also might be able to gather a few people together to a rally based solely on the color of a president’s skin color, but to get a broad-based outpouring of concern, such as that which the Tea Party has achieved, that movement would need substantial issues to appeal to divergent views.
Most traditional Americans cannot be called to rally together in the manner young, liberals can be called to rally to protest a single issue they know nothing about. Traditional Americans are too busy. Most of the Tea Party members I have met are also stubborn, strong minded individualists who would be embarrassed to be a part of something that was as small minded as a man’s race. Most of the Tea Party members I run into are well schooled in The Constitutional constraints on government that has been violated over recent years by our government’s representatives. A number of the Tea Party members I have run into are veterans who have fought and sacrificed for the country, and they don’t like the patterns or the direction of the federal government, but they’re not going to waste the precious time they have left on this earth over any one leader, or one bill, if it didn’t have repeated patterns from representatives that displayed a ‘screw Constitutional principles…they’re a little outdated and outmoded’ mindset.
It’s always sad to see a celebrity, such as Morgan Freeman, desperately trying to substantiate himself to the American public with what they think are challenging opinions. For a short time in its history, the profession of acting was regarded as a noble profession. For most of its history, acting has been seen as what Samuel Johnson proclaimed “the lowest of all professions. To earn your money from deliberate deceit,” he continued, “is worse than prostitution.”
Perhaps the idea of an actor’s relevance in our society, being based on deception, has something to do with the fact that people like Morgan Freeman feel compelled to come out and issue half-truths and irresponsible statements to substantiate their self-worth. Perhaps these actors live with a certain hole in their soul regarding the stature and intelligence they are afforded in their community when it is based on deception. Perhaps they feel that they cannot possibly live up to the stature we cast upon them based upon the roles they’ve chosen and the lines others have written for them. Perhaps they seek to take advantage of every opportunity afforded to them by an interviewer who won’t ask them follow up questions to foist their definition of intelligence upon us.
If Mr. Freeman were correct about the Tea Party being racist, why would Herman Cain be the current favorite candidate of Tea Party members? A quality journalist, who wasn’t overly concerned with celebrities returning to his fluff show, would’ve challenged Morgan Freeman with such a question. A quality journalist would’ve played devil’s advocate and run through the list of substantive questions the Tea Party has formed for Freeman’s beloved leader to allow Freeman to refute each and every one of them in a substantive manner. A quality journalist would’ve asked Freeman if he ever attended a Tea Party, and if he hadn’t asked what was his source for making such claims about something for which Freeman has no firsthand knowledge? As well all know, Freeman would have never made such a statement before a quality journalist, however, for he knows he couldn’t have backed it up.