Other than hockey fans, most Americans haven't a clue about who Tim Thomas is. It happens that he's the goal tender for the Boston Bruins professional hockey team. And it also happens that he was named Most Valuable Player for his team when the Boston entry in the National Hockey League became its champion last spring.
As customarily happens, the team accepted an invitation to the White House for a congratulatory session with the President. At the event that occurred on January 23rd, Mr. Obama was given a team shirt with his name on it; the President registered his admiration for its accomplishment; and a good time was had by all who attended.
But one member of the team refused to go. And it was MVP Tim Thomas. In a statement he posted on his Facebook page, Thomas explained,
I believe the federal government has grown out of control, threatening the lives, liberty, and property of the people. This is being done at the executive, legislative, and judicial level. This is in direct opposite 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.
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