I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and several of you have mentioned it to me and I’m sorry. Given my current schedule I may not be able to make my regular Tuesday deadlines but I’m still here and I’ll still write to ya when I can.
And now onto the good stuff.
I try always to be open minded in my political beliefs, though I have strong feelings about what I think is right and wrong. Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to a member of the actual, real life Tea Party via facebook. I’m including my side of the conversation here, as I haven’t asked my co-conversant’s permission to reprint her responses. But she was polite in her replies and our conversation was civil, as these conversations should be.
Zena Leigh Logan Sharon, I don’t know any tea partiers personally and I hope it’s okay if I ask you a question I’ve been wondering about. And I am not looking to start a debate, just curious. The tea party was established by the Koch brothers, wealthy oil magnates, who hired people to spread out and create a movement they could label grassroots so they could keep their names in the background. Their goal is to pay less in taxes than they do now, which is a lower percentage than the rest of us pay. And I’m all for fiscal conservatism, which is how I live my life, so I can understand the desire to reign in government spending to prevent increased taxation. The Koch brothers are looking to keep their personal high income and corporate taxes low and do not seem to be looking out for the regular Joe. My question is: Does that worry you at all, that the Koch brothers will get what they want and forsake those who stood up and fought for their ideals? Or is the movement bigger than it’s creators? Thank you.
Thank you for answering, Sharon. I totally agree with you that we can’t label everyone with generalizations based on the groups with which they identify. And the political rhetoric in this country has gotten out of hand with aggression. I’m not personally a fan of several tea party candidates because though they claim to be on the side of God, especially Bachmann and Perry (who claims God told him to run for Pres), all of their political speeches and stated intentions if elected are the opposite of every christian value I’ve ever heard of. It does seem like they want to make sure that their rich backers get all the perks they’re demanding at the expense of the rest of us, particularly the working class, poor and sick, who have somehow become vilified. And while not all Tea Partiers are people who would cheer the notion of an uninsured person being left to die or boo a soldier who fought for their safety and freedom because he’s gay, the things the candidates are saying are stirring up that kind of sentiment and I can’t get behind it at all. As for the Koch Brothers and their backing of the Tea Party, here are two articles that detail their involvement:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html and http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Peter-Fenn/2011/02/02/tea-party-funding-koch-brothers-emerge-from-anonymity. The Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, terrify me with their ideas and plans for this country because it is blatant raping and pillaging of our resources at the expenses of the American citizens. And Rupert Murdoch isn’t even from this country, he’s just here to profit from us. We’re never going to get everything for nothing and those who are trying to do that will bankrupt us and turn us into a Banana Republic – a nation in which the top tiny percentage live in unbelievable wealth while the rest of the populace lives in abject poverty.