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THE TEA PARTY IS HERE

Viciousness, hatred at the core

April 14, 2010

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DESPITE KATHY Richard’s indignant claim in her April 7 letter “Go ahead, dismiss the movement,’’ anyone who follows current events can “see the Tea Party movement coming.’’ How can one not? Like a child who constantly craves attention from a group of adults, the outbursts by the members of this so-called movement have been more and more difficult to ignore.

What started off as Tea Party members disrupting town hall meetings turned into other members showing up at gatherings with guns strapped to their hip (which, of course, they claimed they had no intention of using), and still others holding signs emblazoned with the very same quote (“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants’’) that Timothy McVeigh had on his shirt when he bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

From there, the “movement’’ devolved into spitting on and shouting homophobic and racist remarks at legislators who voted for the health care bill, on the grounds of the Capitol, no less. So I ask Richard: Where is her “shame and embarrassment’’ for such actions?

I will be at the Tea Party rally today in Boston. I will be among those exercising their right to expose this movement for what it really is about: viciousness and hatred.

Matt Smialek
Danvers

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