Meghan McCain seems like an educated woman. After all, she graduated from Columbia University and is a best-selling children's author. She must have something constructive to add to the Republican Party, right? Oh, not so much. In fact, she seems to do more harm than good.
I recently came across an episode of "The View" with Meghan McCain as a co-host. I thought to myself, "This should be interesting." So I took one for the team by watching the henhouse cluck its way through another day. Meghan McCain had a lot to say about the tea parties, and it wasn't good.
Meghan became quite outraged as she commented on former Rep. Tom Tancredo's speech at the Nashville tea-party convention. Apparently, Tancredo said in his speech that people "who could not spell the word 'vote' or say it in English" elected a "committed socialist ideologue" because the country does not require a "civics literacy test."
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Declared Meghan: "It's innate racism, and I think it's why young people are turned off by this movement." She feels that this is a racist viewpoint since literary tests were given to African-Americans prior to the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The difference between Tancredo's view and those who delivered the literary tests to African-Americans is that literacy tests should now be given to every eligible voter, not just a specific ethnic group. She's crazy to think literacy isn't important when making a decision between candidates.
We have driving tests to make sure a person is a competent driver before putting him on the road with millions of other drivers. Why wouldn't we do the same when it comes to determining our country's future? Sure, a few inept drivers slip through the cracks and into the driver's seat every now and then, but at least there is a screening process that cuts down on that percentage. Don't misinterpret my opinion; I believe that a lot of people who can read and spell did participate in the voting process. I'm not disputing that. They were hoping for change and blah blah blah – you know the rest. But I've spoken to many voters who don't have a clue as to why they voted for a particular candidate. How is that allowed?
Meghan also said, "This rhetoric will continue to turn off young voters, and anybody that says different is smoking something – period." Well, Meghan, I'm not smoking anything, but thanks for generalizing about anyone who disagrees with you. Meghan's entire argument against the tea party seems to rest on one thing – age. "I'm sorry, revolutions start with young people. Not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can't say the word vote in English. It's ridiculous." I'll tell you what is ridiculous. She wants people over 65 to keep quiet. She believes those older generations, who have a better understanding of life than she does, should keep to their knitting. Can you imagine if we left the fate of this country up to the younger generation? We'd be a country without borders or rules. Our slogan would be, "Do what makes you feel good." I know what you might be thinking: "Chrissy, you don't have any faith in your generation." No, I don't. I've grown up with these clowns, and I have to say there are very few with their head on straight, myself included. Meghan can try to hide her liberalism all she wants, but you and I both know that if this movement were about same-sex marriages she'd take up her picket sign and stand post without taking age into consideration.
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One thing Meghan blurted really got my attention: "These people [tea partiers] are not as relevant as they say they are. I think my father would be president if they were really that powerful." Um, did I miss something? Does she not know that the tea-party movement wasn't formed until after Obama became president? The tea parties are a response to the outcome. Perhaps Meghan is the one "smoking something."
John McCain is not president for two reasons. First, we didn't really like him all that much. Conservatives may have felt he was simply the lesser of two evils in a disappointing election year. The second reason is the inability of the typical voter to think for himself. The reason McCain isn't president has nothing to do with level of power the tea parties hold. It's because some people who enter the voting booth are uninformed. They are brainwashed by liberals and have been blinded by the Obama hype hoping for "change," which, I'm sorry to say, will never come. You cannot rewrite over 200 years of history in one term.
All in all, I'd say Meghan McCain has a lot to learn about the tea-party activists and their significance. Whether she agrees with them or not, she must stop underestimating their role. Their age is irrelevant to their cause, and complaining about it only makes her look naive and immature. It also gives Republicans a bad rap. She claims to be one, but her actions say otherwise. My dose of honesty: I wish she'd abandon ship already. I'm sure the liberals would be happy to have her.