April 27, 2009

Take government back from fat-cats

As usual, The Baltimore Sun gave greater voice to the liberals than to supporters of the tea party protests in its forum "Readers speak out on the tea party protests" (letters, April 20).

But what those who complained that the tea parties were Republican- and Fox News-inspired contrivances aimed at the Obama administration fail to understand is that these protests are grass-roots reactions to excessive government spending, which is bloating our already-too-large government with absolutely no plan to repay our deficit.

President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi need to focus on cutting government spending, getting rid of the pork-barrel add-ons to every bill and creating a true economic stimulus rather than one that only fattens the wallets of those who make large political contributions.

The tea parties are the beginning of a movement to take back government from the fat-cat politicians, restore our rights, and preserve our liberties.

And this movement is nonpartisan. There were many, many Democrats and independents at the rallies.

If the politicians, both Democrat and Republican, think they can continue to spend our tax money like drunken sailors, they will surely hear the voice of the people when they are summarily thrown out of office in the coming elections.

Michael Brown, Owings Mills

A real revolution at the ballot box

So the writer of one of the letters in the forum "Readers speak out on the tea party protests" (letters, April 20) and her family thought they sniffed a brewing revolution on "tea party" day. She declared the protests "the day that America came together to put the government and mainstream media on alert."

Well, I don't know where these people were back in November, but I guess they must have slept through the revolution that did occur on Election Day: something the so-called Founding Fathers could not have imagined in their wildest dreams - the election of a person of color to our highest office. That revolution was a fulfillment of the promise of equality that America has always stood for in principle but cynically failed to fulfill for many of its people.

This revolution occurred peacefully, through the ballot box, fair and square, and certainly in a fashion befitting a constitutional democracy.

I'm not sure what kind of revolution the letter writer and her family have in mind. But if it's a return to those yesteryears of the Bush administration, well, the word "revolting" would certainly be appropriate.

Dennis Kaplan, Baltimore

Acknowledge all of Obama's heritage

I am a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, but I do take exception to the fact that he is regularly referred to as our first black president.

This description ignores the fact that his mother was white and the grandparents who raised him were white.

Surely, they should be acknowledged as part of his biracial heritage.

Helene Feit, Baltimore

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