Sunday, July 31, 2011

Putting Principles and Country Before Political Party?

by J. Wright~

Conservative journalist Jennifer Rubin posted in the Washington on Sunday, July 31, 2011, “We are on the verge, it seems, of a deal on the debt-ceiling that would embody two essential goals of the Tea Party and the GOP more generally: no new tax revenues and significant spending cuts equal to or greater than the size of the debt-ceiling increase.” describes The Tea Party as “…an American populist political movement that is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, and has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxing in varying degrees, reduction of the National Debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

That’s novel and personally, I find it refreshing. But not Martin Frost, former Democrat representative from Texas. In a recent article Frost likens the Tea Party to the “Taliban.” So… if you don’t agree with something, label it with a bad name?

It goes on: Liberal columnist Tom Friedman is quoted by saying: “Alas, that is the Tea Party… If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission.”

Nicholas Kristof, who wrote in last Sunday’s New York Times, is a liberal columnists posted in Media Research .org, “…an edgy argument to denigrate the risk of terrorism in favor of their beef of the week: ‘Republican, Zealots, and Our Security.’ Kristoff actually likened the danger posed by Tea Party sympathizers in Congress (domestic zealots) to Al Qaeda.”

Would the alleged “Danger posed” be the fact that the Tea Partiers in this Congress aren’t particularly concerned if they are reelected or not? I find that refreshing too: they put principles and country before party, and that seems to terrify the liberal socialists in our elected bodies and media.


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