Having just read this weeks responses to Stephen Tuttles An Open Letter
to my Tea Party friends, I am reminded of something said by John Stuart
Mill. He said that while it wasnt the case that all conservatives were
stupid people, it was certainly the case that most stupid people were
conservatives. The responses to Mr. Tuttles column bear this out.
Tea Party members seem to possess a stupidity that is without limit. Start
with the movements two darlings: Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. Together,
they dont make a half-wit. From those two, its an intellectual downhill
slide to the tri-corner hats, Hitler signs and the folks claiming the
government is going to put a chip in their heads.
I am no friend of the Tea Party; theyre not my friends. Unlike Mr.
Tuttle, I dont have any constructive advice to offer. Their goals are
counter to the founding principles of this country. The members of this
group are being duped by the people behind the scenes in the Tea Party;
the folks who pay for the Express buses, speakers fees If youre not
wealthy, the people behind the Tea Party are not looking out for your
interests - theyre stooging you to secure more privilege for themselves;
they like the status quo. Hey, no proposed tax increase affects me, I
dont make $250,000 or more; how many in the Tea Party do?
If youre making a quarter million dollars or more, you can afford to pay
taxes at the same rate I do. That the wealthy and the large corporations
dont share an equal tax burden with the middle class, people like me,
amounts to social welfare for them.
Follow the money, youll find out what the Tea Party is all about. Who
calls the shots? Who pays the bills? Who puts up the money? Its not about
patriotism, socialism, Hitler, tax hikes, constitutional principles Its
about money: the wealthy dont want to pay their fair share because they
never have, and the same goes for the large corporations. By agitating
everyday folks, by inducing fear, they get you to do their dirty work, and
all the while, you undermine your own interests.
Talk about stupidity. The Nazis did this when they duped the middle class
in their rise to power; they played on a fear of socialism, trade unions,
and anti-Semitism. The wealthy and large corporations ran Nazi Germany;
they had all of the privileges; this is what the Tea Party aims for; a
nation where the wealthy and big business can do as they please - and we
all serve their interests. Its the new American Dream, if youre rich.
Mike Beveridge Brethren
In Harley hell
Noisy cars, barking dogs, whine of leaf blowers. All disturbing
annoyances but compared to a Harley motorcycle with the guts in the
muffler burned out, nothing. You have heard them from miles away winding
out, running through the gears and wondered, isnt there something that
can be done?
There is but it isnt being done enough. Tickets. Have you ever been
driving along with the window down enjoying the flow of cool air and had
an airhead on a Harley blow past you doing 70 in a 55 area? You dont buy
one to drive 55 all the time. The noise alone is enough to give you a
Safety? Naw. The noise is behind them and they get hit head on, seldom
from behind. Also, seems they could pick colors besides black and brown
leathers if they want to be safe (visible). Lets share the road and
preserve our hearing or its going to be a noisy summer.
Norbert Tutlis TC