Local writer clears up misconceptions about tea party's motivations

Posted: Sep. 8, 2011 9:25 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 10:15 am

To The Herald-Whig:

Because of the recent publicity given by the "main-stream" news media, I am sure that everyone has at least heard of the tea party. Many mistakenly believe that it is a political party. It is not.

If you are not familiar with the real people of the tea party, you may have the wrong opinion of this group of citizens. Actually, they are common American people who simply want to take their country back from the "progressives." If you base your understanding solely upon the public comments of some well-known politicians in Washington D.C., such as: Maxine Waters, who said, "The tea party can go to hell."; Frederica Williams, who refers to the tea party as "the real enemy."; Jesse Jackson, who loudly proclaims the tea party to be racist; and Andre Carson, not to be out done by the others, stating, "The tea party would like to see African-Americans hanging on a tree." you have been deceived.

Let me set the record straight. I have been acquainted with some members of the tea party for many years. I can tell you from personal knowledge that these people are not racist and they are not violent. They are good upstanding citizens, the same as you and I. I have attended their meetings and their rallies. At no time have I heard any racial slurs. Their rallies have a noticeable absence of hate signs. But, on the other hand, I admit to having seen more than one American flag and I have participated in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The speakers are educational, motivational and uplifting. I have yet to hear a call for any lynching or for violence of any kind. I must say that I have been somewhat surprised because there is courtesy within the crowd.

If you doubt my observations, please accept my invitation to attend a tea party event.

Their agenda is that of mine: Get our country back to the Constitution.


Larry Lamb




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