WE present to you, dear reader, a letter-to-the-editor titled Misinformed activists, which appears in the Ventura County Star, located in Camarillo, California. We don’t know the area, but from what we see in their newspaper, the place is deep in La-La Land.
Today’s letter is the sixth one down in a whole collection of them titled Your letters: tea parties. They’re all of equal quality, so it must be a never-ending thrill to live in that place, read the local paper, and interact with people like those who wrote these letters.
Anyway, we’ll copy today’s letter, omitting the writer’s name and city. We’ll also add some bold for emphasis and our Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs. Here we go:
I don’t care which political party people choose to vote for; it’s a free country. But some of the tea party members demonstrating in front of the Ventura County Government Center on Friday were so misinformed it borders on ludicrous.
Your Curmudgeon pays almost no attention to the tea party movement, which is why we’ve never written about them before. But from watching some news on TV, the movement seems to be mostly about protesting big government, high taxes, and socialism. Also, we thought last week’s demonstrations were connected to the 15 April tax filing date. Maybe it was different in Ventura County. Let’s read on:
At least know what you’re talking about if you’re going to protest something.
That’s good advice, but almost any rally for any political movement will attract some weirdos wearing propeller-beanies and flowing garments festooned with buttons proclaiming oddball slogans. Such people often carry hand-made posters warning about their pet delusions, like crop circles, and they distribute pamphlets about their lunatic beliefs. Those people are everywhere, except at heavy-duty fund-raising events. We continue:
And if you are going to protest taxes and government, you should be prepared to give up your Medicare and Social Security, for starters.
Huh? If one protests New Program X, he must be willing to give up Old Programs A, B, and C? Is that the argument here? That could be a respectable position, but only if the objection to New Program X is that it’s not authorized by the Constitution, and neither are A, B, and C; but we doubt that today’s letter-writer is making such a nuanced argument.
Anyway, that’s not what attracted us to today’s letter, so let’s stay with it a bit longer. Here’s more:
I along with 95 percent of working people paid less in taxes this year, and I am grateful for it.
We won’t touch that one. Okay, now here comes the strangest part of this letter:
But it is clear that President Barack Obama couldn’t gain the tea party’s support even if he made all abortions illegal, gave free guns to every citizen and made it mandatory to teach creationism in public schools. I give up.
[Writer’s name and city can be seen in the original.]
Abortions, guns, and creationism — is that what the tea party movement is all about? We like guns, but it grieves us to acknowledge that the GOP itself seems obsessed with topics like abortion and creationism. However, we haven’t seen much of that at the tea party rallies.
In fact, it seems to us that the tea party people are considerably more focused on the Constitution and therefore far less goofy than most Republicans these days. That’s why it came as a surprise to read in today’s letter that the tea party movement is all about creationism. We haven’t seen any tea party creationism — although there has probably been some, especially when they have certain Republican speakers.
We’ve already got one creationist political party, and we don’t need another.
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