"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
"This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
"Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
"This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT"
With these words, Tim Thomas displayed both tremendous insight and tremendous courage.
And with these words, it seems much of the mainstream discussion has been to demonize him.
He is disrespectful to the President. He is disrespectful to the office. He shouldn’t introduce politics into this celebration. He is an ugly American.
On the radio, on TV, on the internet, in the press. For the most part, this is the dialogue.
Tim Thomas had to know this would come, yet he stood on his head (for you hockey fans, you know what I mean).
I applaud Tim Thomas. His words are true and an accurate statement on the condition of the United States.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”
There is little from Thomas Jefferson’s word that has survived these two-hundred plus years. Mr. Thomas has captured this quite well in his opening sentence:
"I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.”
Can this be denied? Is it even up for debate? Especially since September 11, one action of government after another has been an ever increasing usurpation of the rights, liberties, and property of the people.
Of course people deny it. This denial can be measured by the numbers who vote for anyone other than Ron Paul in this current election. They cannot (or will not) see the destruction of life and liberty as it is occurring right in front of their noses.
I applaud Tim Thomas. He was afforded a platform to make a statement, and he made it.
He is correct.