Tea Partiers Maligned
We would like to clarify a false rumor that has been published in The Pilot more than once regarding the nationwide tea party movement. We speak from experience because between us, we have attended every tea party event that has been held in Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Southern Pines. It would be interesting to know how many tea party gatherings The Pilot columnist who wrote these false allegations has attended.
The writer accuses tea party members of “sometimes raucous and often hate-filled” behavior and refers to them as “noisy extremists and exhibitionists.” Not once in Washington, D.C., Raleigh or Southern Pines did we who were in attendance witness raucous or hate-filled behavior. There were chanting and periods of silence but absolutely no violence! The overall attitude was one of congeniality.
Tea party events consist of citizens who are exercising their right to freedom of speech. They are concerned about the overwhelming deficit that increases daily and the fact that taxes are being increased. Even with tax increases, the United States does not have the funds to meet current financial obligations, much less address our outrageous debt.
We are critical of President Obama because he has not kept his promise to not raise taxes and to end wars. He has increased the national debt and the number of troops in the Middle East. Incidentally, the tea party was organized in 2009.
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