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article imageOp-Ed: Tax day 'Tea Parties' serve up sour grapes

By Sitafa Harden     Apr 14, 2009 in Politics
So-called tax day tea party protests reach a crescendo as conservative activists plan a large rally in Atlanta, GA for April 15th.
But unlike the historic Boston Tea Party, these modern demonstrations seem to have no real point.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recently explored the real themes of these protests on her show. Footage from previous tea parties held in Fort Worth and Cleveland showed attendees with signs accusing President Obama of being a socialist and comparing him to Hitler.
Another disturbing sign declared, “Yes, we can secede”. Other tea baggers readily admitted on camera that they still do not believe the President was born in the U.S.
In the end Maddow questioned whether these people were truly anti-tax (despite the fact that Pres. Obama just passed the largest middle class tax cut in history) or simply disgruntled conservatives still angry over losing the election.
NY Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman reached the same conclusion. In a searing article he wrote:
“One way to get a good sense of the current state of the G.O.P., and also to see how little has really changed, is to look at the “tea parties” that have been held in a number of places already, and will be held across the country on Wednesday. These parties — anti-taxation demonstrations that are supposed to evoke the memory of the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution — have been the subject of considerable mockery, and rightly so.”
Clearly, this conservative anger and disdain is misguided and misdirected. For the G.O.P. President Obama’s election was a clear signal that the majority of the county has rejected their outdated policies and ideas. So they are going after him despite his early success and popularity around the world.
In his first 90 days in office President Obama has made great strides in restoring confidence in our financial system and regaining respect among world leaders. Now is the time to solidly support our newly elected Commander-in-Chief in leading our country to a desperately needed recovery.
This is not justified outrage. Instead, what we are seeing is just sour grapes served up by sore losers with no intention of helping the President and his administration succeed. The worst part is that all of this is being done under the guise of patriotism.
Without a doubt these unfounded tax-day protests fail to resemble anything like the Boston Tea Party. Instead they seem dangerously more like the rebellious outbursts that led up to the American Civil War. And just as it was back then, these people are standing on the wrong side of history.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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