23 January 2012

Don't Criticize Tim Thomas for Not Going to the White House

As per tradition, the Boston Bruins went to the White House today to visit the President in celebration of their Stanley Cup Championship. But one person decided not to show and that was netminder Tim Thomas. Thomas said he was exercising his right as a free citizen and is also known to be a very strong conservative. And I, quite frankly, have no problem with Thomas not going to the White House and neither should you.
First, here are Thomas' comments on why he chose not to go, courtesy of NHL.com.
"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"
Whether or not you agree with Thomas' political beliefs, it is his right to refuse to go to the White House and you have to respect that. He is not the first to refuse to visit the White House, remember James Harrison, and he will not be the last. And unlike Harrison, Thomas gave a legitimate reason why he chose not to go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and you know what? This is America, the land of the First Amendment. Thomas chose to exercise his right and you cannot fault him for that.
Yes he did also make a political statement but you know what? He's completely allowed to make one. If Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa can appear at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" Rally, then Thomas can decide not to visit the White House.

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