Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb. 22: Beware a Poisoned Tea Party

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Behind the millions of Americans who have honorable intentions for their government to clean itself up are those who show this country's ugliest side.

Last Monday's excellent New York Times piece by David Barstow about the rise of the Tea Party movement included some names - including the John Birch Society, which once called President Dwight Eisenhower a Communist - from the not-too-happy distant past:

Jumping on the Tea Party bandwagon are these entities and others who take their racist, hateful, anarchic, narrow-minded views and try to cloak them as "conservative" or "government reforming."

Some Republicans are trying to win over these voters. Do they really want them?

And do those people of all political stripes who legitimately want government and spending reform want to be attached to them?

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts once said, "Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins." Those who joined the Tea Party movement with the best of intentions need to look out for that poison.

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