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Demonizing Tea Partiers by lumping them with terrorists

April 28, 2010

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RE “SCREAMING extremism: Vying for attention in a high-decibel world’’ (Op-ed, April 24): Neal Gabler’s diatribe attempts to equate the Islamic terrorists who brought down the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 Americans, with those Americans who are either members or supporters of the grass-roots Tea Party movement.

The Tea Party movement’s concerns are directed, through peaceful public dissent, at a government that is gleefully spewing trillions of borrowed dollars in every imaginable direction, deliberately stamping out individual choices and freedoms, and failing miserably to support business, which, aside from the government itself, is the only entity that can actually create jobs for Americans who desperately need them. All the while, this government moves us toward an America that President Obama can like.

Gabler rightfully labels as extremism the radical Islamic terrorism that revels in wanton destruction and mass murder, and then shamefully tries to attach that same label to the concerned Americans of the Tea Party movement.

His effort is a pretty nasty piece of demonizing.

Robert Powers
Canton

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