Readers Speak Out On The Tea Party Protests

SPEAK OUT

April 20, 2009

What I want to know is where these tea party protesters when Enron ripped off people's life savings ("Staging a revolt," April 16)? Or when our government invaded a country based on lies? Or when former President George W. Bush wasted the surplus former President Bill Clinton left him and doubled the national debt?

Now all of a sudden these people take notice. I think it's pathetic.

Instead of wasting good tea, they could have sent it to a food pantry or soup kitchen.

Pat Harcarik, Baltimore

We drove an hour through the driving rain to get to the tea party protests. We walked a mile through puddles and mud from the parking lot to the site of the protest on the City Dock in Annapolis.

We stood in the bone-chilling rain along with other concerned American citizens exercising our First Amendment rights. My husband took the day off and three of our five children suspended their studies to participate in history.

This is the day that America came together to put the government and mainstream media on alert. It is the first step in restoring the constitutional government our country was founded on.

Our country was founded on the idea that all men are created equal and that we were endowed by our Creator with certain freedoms, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The government is supposed to protect these rights. And when it doesn't, we the people have the right to form a new government.

We took the first step on Wednesday in all 50 states in the union.

A revolution is brewing, and we the people will prevail.

Susan Scott, Forest Hill

I have to say I find the Republicans' tea party protests quite amusing, although pathetically disingenuous.

After eight years of runaway spending and massive giveaways to the ultra-wealthy, suddenly the Republicans have developed a conscience?

Give me a break.

If the Republicans and their henchmen at Fox News really want anyone to believe they care about the deficit or the economy, they're staging their protest about five years too late.

They have now become our national "deadbeat dads," trying to sneak out the back door every time they see the bill coming to pay for their reckless lifestyle.

The Republican Party should drop the elephant as its mascot and choose an animal more fitting to its ideals.

I suggest the weasel.

William Smith, Baltimore

I can't help viewing the tea party tax protests as evidence that the Republican-conservative naysayers have nothing more positive to contribute than the usual anti-Obama administration rhetoric.

This is a time when all Americans need to pull together in their support of a president who is trying desperately to get our broken economy back on track.

Please, all of you protesting patriots, stop wasting time and energy, and get on board with the majority of Americans who are supporting our current leadership in its efforts to fix our nation.

Arnold Paskoff, Baltimore

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