Courage - You have it or you don’t
No one can call Bob Wegner, head of the Woodford County Tea Party, a shrinking violet. He knows every time he speaks about the Tea Party he is a target for derision.
“A lot of things get said about us. Few are true. We’re said to be manipulated by outsiders,” Wegner said in a recent article in these pages.
He added, “We’re said to be racist because we don’t like Obama. Our dislike is focused on his policies, not his race. It doesn’t bother me what uninformed people and people in the media with an agenda say. It’s part of the process. We have a conservative/liberal battle line. It’s what we expect. We have to take our lumps for being involved.”
Wegner’s words carry weight, precisely because he said them with his name attached.
It is understandable that some Tea Party or 9.12 members are hesitant to talk to the media. They feel their words or meaning will get twisted.
But, it is hard to respect someone who professes to be a member of a political group built on courage and sincerity who wants to sling barbs and arrows while asking to keep their name secret.
But, that was not the case for Dave Hullinger of Washington or Frank Sarver of Morton.
Hullinger and Sarver are ideological soldiers on the front line.
“There’s a lot of apathy in our society,” Sarver said. “That’s a very prominent thing to battle in our effort to educate people. It’s like most people say, ‘Let someone else do it.’ I won’t say that. I think I should be setting an example.”
Do you feel that way?