Thomas A No-Show; Cites ‘Threatened Liberties’ And Constitutional Scholarship

The Bruins were honored at the White House for their Stanley Cup victory yesterday, with one very notable no-show:  Conn-Smythe winner Tim Thomas.  Thomas posted the following on his Facebook page around 6pm yesterday:

“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.”

The president, because he strikes me as a classy guy, still made mention of Thomas and his contribution and spoke highly of it:

“This Stanley Cup was won by defense as much as by offense,” Obama said. “Tim Thomas posted two shutouts in the Stanley Cup Finals and set an all-time record for saves in the postseason and he also earned the honor being only the second American ever to be recognized as the Stanley Cup playoff’s MVP.”

I’ll start by saying this: this is 100% totally within his right as a citizen to skip this for whatever reason he likes.  Even if he had no political opinion whatsoever and simply wanted a few hours to psych himself up for his start tomorrow or just wanted to walk around and do some sightseeing, whatever.  He’s got that right completely.  This is America.  This isn’t Russia.  Is this Russia?  I didn’t think so.

But I have to tell you:  I can’t think anything more apolitical than a president honoring a Stanley Cup winning team.  If there’s one single time in our lives where we should be able to put aside politics and just enjoy a moment, that should be it.  We all have political opinions.  Some may feel more strongly than others.  I remember Mark Chmura of the Green Bay Packers skipping their ceremony back in the 1990s because he didn’t agree with President Clinton’s personal conduct.  I get it.  Things and people aren’t always what we want them to be.  People are complex.

I’m not going to wax philosophical on the Tea Party or their principles or my personal feelings about them.   I’ve got a different blog for that.  This wasn’t about politics or big or small government or spending or beliefs of any kind at all.  This was about the team.  The team that won the Stanley Cup last year being honored by the President of the United States.  In that context, put aside your personal stuff and join your team in being honored for the collective accomplishment.  And then, an hour later, go back to protesting government spending.

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