The first annual Tea Party convention happened earlier this month in Tennessee. I was curious as to who was a typical
Teabagger" and what they stand for. Are these people nuts, a legitimate political movement or just another right-wing
Online, I found some pictures of protesters, signs and Web sites. They're middle-aged, middle class and almost entirely
white. Besides some of the typical Bury Obamacare with Kennedy" signs, the more original signs read (verbatim):
Politians are like Dipers, they need to be changed often" and Impeach the Muslim Marxist." For me, the spelling
errors and racial anger spoke for itself.
Also, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Fox News give the movement strong support, which I think says something, too. The Tea
Party groups seem to be in agreement of three core principles: fiscal responsibility, limited government and the free
market (deregulation). Nothing too crazy about that.
But had any of these groups been around for the previous president? Bush's deficit, OK, but now Obama is a Muslim
Marxist? Do they realize it was deregulation that brought on this horrible recession?
The opening night speaker of their convention was former Colorado congressman Republican Tom Tancredo. Here's a telling
excerpt from his speech: It seemed after awhile that we'd all be boiled to death in a cauldron of the nanny state. And
then something really odd happened mostly because we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this
country." - applause - People who cannot even spell the word 'vote' or say it in English" - applause - put a
committed socialist ideologue in the White House. Name is Barack Hussein Obama."
It's hard to say which was more disturbing: Tancredo's call for reinstituting Jim Crow laws or the massive applause he
received for saying it. Please visit OneDurango.com opinion page to read more.
Bill Vana, Durango