Weighing in on the Tea Party | TheUnion.com

Weighing in on the Tea Party

There was a recent column by Eddie Garcia denying the descriptions of the Tea Party put forth in a column from Maw Campbell.

I don’t think most rank and file TP members are bigots or racists any more than ordinary members of the NRA necessarily tow that leadership’s radical line. The TPM is the conservative arm of the GOP and tends to be male, older, white, southern, and Christian fundamentalist. The shrinking TPM is more a state of mind than a real organized movement and can have very different views in different parts of the country. I believe it grew out of a frustrated merger of Ron Paul’s failed presidential movement and vast funding from the billionaire Koch brothers (looking for lower taxes and less environmental restrictions). The movement wants smaller government, fewer regulations and lower taxes.

Eddie’s column claiming the TPM is defending our freedoms and using historical comparisons to ancient Rome, World War I and World War II is nonsensical demagoguery and fear-mongering without much historical basis. She calls for a government run by the people and not politicians and bureaucrats … maybe she doesn’t understand how representative democracy works. With TP influences like Santorum, Palin, Beck, Perry, Bachman, Hannity, Ted Cruz, and Herman Cain — I understand her state of mind.

Michael Schwalm

Grass Valley

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