Tea partiers are not extremists

July 22, 2014

On June 12, the Observer-Reporter published an editorial with the headline, “Cantor defeat bad news for GOP.” Reading this collection of absurdities caused me to laugh so hard that I severely injured myself and my recovery was a long and arduous process. Finally, I feel fit enough to address some of the editorial’s moronic notions.

It said, “Sen. John McCain remarked that the Republican Party will again lose the presidency, no matter who they nominate in 2016, if they block immigration reform. If McCain’s prediction is correct, we can probably safely tune out the chatter of the next two years and calmly await the arrival of President Hillary Clinton.”

To show how wrong McCain is, on July 1, a throng of protestors turned away three busloads of illegal immigrants in the tiny town of Murrieta, Calif., according to The Christian Science Monitor. The anti-illegal immigration backlash has become so strong along border towns in Texas, California and Arizona that the border patrol is now refusing to give details about the whereabouts of the buses or future movements.

The editorial also said, “The voters in Tuesday’s GOP primary in (Eric) Cantor’s Virginia district moved quickly to extinguish this small glimmer of compassion or balance. (David) Brat’s supporters, and other tea party adherents, will brook no accommodation. They want to deport 11 million people, among other things, regardless of the practicalities involved or the cost.”

Don’t kid yourselves. This notion isn’t limited to the tea party. People all across the South are seeing with their own eyes that amnesty doesn’t work. They are angry that illegals break the law to get into the country and are rewarded with taxpayer-funded perks. Some of the most outspoken critics are those whose families came here legally. This issue has reached flashpoint status. Voters are grossly fed up and only the half-wits in Congress and the media refuse to see it for what it is.

In truth, the tea party is not a collection of dimwitted rednecks or racists or extremists or Satan or whatever lie it is that the left is trying to get the public to swallow. The tea party is simply a collection of libertarians who are strict adherents to the Constitution, which is a centrist document that is currently being ignored by both major political parties. If necessary, the tea party can become the political version of the Marine Corps by holding political feet to the fire. I invite all who are reading this publication to attend a tea party rally or monthly meeting, locally – yes, even the editorial staff of the Observer-Reporter. You will find conservative Democrats, Republicans, independents, white, black, yellow, whatever. You’ll also find, for the most part, a thoughtful exchange among people who harbor a deep and abiding love of country.

John A. Quayle

North Franklin


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