Andy Corra wrote (Letters, Herald, April 23) that he is stumped by the message of the so-called tea party gatherings. Maybe this will help.
This movement is not about taxes per se. That's just a rallying point. It's about the creeping tyranny of progressive liberalism that abandons the basic principles of our Constitution. It's about the dismantling of federalism. It's about the loss of personal liberty and unprecedented government control of our lives. It's about redistribution of wealth, out-of-control spending and an unsustainable $11 trillion national debt. It's about people like Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi telling us that they know better how to build cars, run banks, run oil companies, make our medical decisions, and manage our wealth than the people who have actual experience doing these things. It's about the leader of the free world whose first executive-level job training is as president of the United States, whose decisions seem at times to be bumbling and amateurish, who aligns himself with some of the Third World's most notorious socialist dictators.
Half the people in this country did not vote for Obama, and even many who did vote for "change" are finding themselves a little bewildered by this socialist onslaught. Although looking at Obama's mentors, such as Rev. Wright, Saul Alinsky and William Ayers, made his philosophical position transparent, many chose to ignore the ramifications of his statist world view and voted us a virtual one-party government that is doing its best to squelch the loyal opposition.
Obama's statist tour de force is making a mockery of his promise to unite the country. He and his congressional cohorts are polarizing the nation in an unprecedented way. It is galvanizing the "tea party" movement, and these gatherings are only the beginning. Since the '60s, we have grown accustomed to left-wing groups "taking it to the streets" in protest, but this is the first time in my memory I have seen conservatives employing this tactic. The fact that some on the left are clueless about its message does not surprise me.
Peter W. Neds, Durango