To The Reader's Forum:
I am a member of the T.E.A. party, and until a recent letter in this forum did not realize what a despicable human being I am.
I have been to T.E.A.party meetings and even to a couple of rallies in D.C. in past years and I did not hear or see any of the hateful agenda the writer attributed to us expressed by anyone.
I wonder if the writer has ever attended any functions of the T.E.A. party. My guess is no.
I am also classified as a senior citizen, veteran, taxpayer, voter and Christian. Most people would classify me as middle class, I am male, white and straight, just by the way I notice many T.E.A. party members are female and they tend not to talk about their gender and politics.
In my life I have noticed that there is not a difference in the two political parties and both of them only seek to remain in power. I have voted for Democrats and Republicans and have been disappointed by both. I completely believe that it is not the party that makes the candidate, but his or her character that makes the party.
I do not fear or hate people who disagree with me I only have a different point of view and will show them the respect of listening to their point and expect noting less from them.
I would like to extend an invitation to the writer to come join us at a T.E.A. party meeting. We would love to hear his point of view on many of the issues this country faces. In all fairness every meeting I have attended begins with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance.
The writer is correct about one thing - the T.E.A. party has put up some less-than-perfect candidates, and when they did they were defeated. The American voter still is doing an excellent job of looking at candidates. Let us hope we get better at finding people who will go to the cesspool we call the Capitol and do the nation's business.
Do all of you know T.E.A. stands for "Taxed Enough Already," and is in honor of the small group of radical extremists that pitched the tea in Boston Harbor to tell the King of England that his taxes were oppressive. I haven't found a single New Yorker that thinks their taxes should be higher. Their neighbor's taxes - oh yeah.