by Allen West for his weekly column on Washington Times Communities “Out of the Foxhole”
In the game of Monopoly, the “Get Out of Jail Free” card allows players to avoid the penalty of losing turns if they happen to land “in jail.” It’s become a metaphor for something that gets you out of an unpleasant or difficult situation. And it’s a card our president seems to be playing over and over again in his game of Monopoly with the American people.
The nation is struggling with the notion that President Obama completely deceived us all on his signature policy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Over the past week we learned that millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices of their private healthcare plans, something Obama promised over and over again would not happen, “period.” We now know that to be false.
LOS ANGELES, October 24, 2011―If ever there were crystal clear evidence of liberal bias in the news media, the differences between the way the Tea Party was portrayed in 2009 and the glowing tributes to the savages occupying Wall Street would be it.
So for those not infected with the media bias virus, an honest unfiltered lens is needed to show how divergent these movements are.
Despite attempts to paint the Tea Party as astroturf, the Tea Party really was a grassroots movement. It started after a trader on CNBC named Rick Santelli angrily suggested in a now famous rant that Americans should have another revolution by throwing tea in the harbor again.
Ordinary Americans came by the thousands to rallies all over the country, and they were united by one simple message. America was broke, and the people were “taxed enough already.” Politicians of both parties had to cut spending. The message never changed. Everything came down to cutting spending. Eighty year old ladies in wheelchairs were concerned that their grandchildren would not have the American dream. Tea Party attendees were trying to preserve the American way of life.