The Fox network allowed Brown a platform on their shows to promote his campaign website and to solicit funds for his campaign. Dick Morris told Sean Hannity viewers to go to his website to help elect Brown, and “Fox and Friends” produced a segment titled, “What Can Brown Do For You? A boost in your 401k may be in the cards. ”
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine Brown and his Tea Party supporters winning the seat previously held by the late Ted Kennedy without the help of the Fox Network. Maybe that is why many people believe that Fox is actually the true father of the Tea Party movement, and it has been said that it is hard to figure out where the so-called Tea Party movement begins due to the fact that Fox’s most prominent anchors (Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Greta Van Susteren) broadcast their shows live from the tax-day Tea Party protests in April of last year.
Usually, it is my belief that anytime citizens of our great nation become involved in the political process it is good for our country. However, the discourse that has come from this ultra-conservative movement has made me rethink that opinion. As many of you know, my personal political observations generally come from observations from all sides of today’s issues, and I don’t just believe everything and anything that comes from one political source or ideology.
I have a great respect for my fellow Utahns and Americans who have different views than my own, and as I have stated in writings for the Clipper in the past it was my grandmother, the late Helen Romney (a former Utah State Republican vice chair), who set that example when she explained that just because people may differ in their political opinions that doesn’t mean they should not respect each other. She would then find a way to work with those on the other side of her political ideology by concentrating on the similarities we all truly share, such as our love for freedom and democracy.
We should also note that there are those who believe this movement could fractionalize the Republican Party as I believe this movement is fractionalizing America.
Sen. Orrin Hatch recently said, “If we fractionalize the Republican Party, we are going to see more liberals elected.” Sen. Hatch also blamed extreme conservatives for the 2008 defeat of Sen. Gordon Smith, a politically moderate but fiscally conservative Republican from Oregon.
My concerns go deeper than just the Republican Party when we see Tea Party advocates trying to erase the word “Liberal” from the Bible and “Democracy” from the ears of school children in the Alpine School District. Democracy is a guiding principle for our country and all those who love our country should cherish the freedom that democracy brings to all of us.