Frosty Wooldridge Article about Tom
In all great social change, a leader emerges ahead of his time to right a specific wrong. That leader knows more than indolent citizens, understands more than media and steps to the front to create a “tipping point” for the common good.
As Mark Twain said in 1860, “The patriot is a scorned and hated man, but when his cause succeeds, however, even the timid join him, for then it doesn’t cost anything to be a patriot.”
Gandhi suffered scurrilous attacks on his character. Gorbachev elevated himself above media attacks. Mandela endured horrific media onslaught. Even our own Eleanor Roosevelt tolerated the press attacking her noble purposes.
Thus, the Denver Post scorned Susan B. Anthony at the turn of the last century as she injected the issue of women’s voter rights right up their nostrils. To the Denver Post, Dr. Martin Luther King proved a radical that should be silenced. Perhaps, because Thomas Jefferson wrote such drastic works as the Declaration of Independence, if the Denver Post existed, its editors would have attacked him, too, for daring to speak against Great Britain.
This week, the Denver Post lambasted Tom Tancredo in an editorial announcing his retirement from Congress. The Post wrote, “…from those who have grown tired of Tancredo’s overheated rhetoric against illegal immigration.”