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LETTERS: Columnist McCullough's Tea Party assessment off base

There is no link between protests and Tea Party

While I share Nate McCullough's concerns about the Tea Party, ("Wall Street protesters need clear goals to gain traction," Oct. 7, 6A) I believe his assessment is flawed on two points.

Initially the Tea Party goals were crystal clear: 1. No new taxes, and 2. Smaller more productive and efficient government. Both were realistic, well-defined and attainable as opposed to the Occupy Wall Street protest. Unfortunately the Tea Party has been hijacked by politically naive individuals (consider the Tea Party leaders in Gwinnett) who have lost focus on the two issues that created the initial need for a Tea Party.

The second flaw is the Tea Party attracted mainstream Americans who sought to bring political pressure to achieve their goals in a fairly peaceful manner. There were no mass arrests. "Occupy Wall Street" is simply a group of anarchists who seek to disrupt the financial communities across the U.S. for reasons that are unclear and/or poorly articulated.

There are many reasons to find fault with the current state of affairs within the movement known as the Tea Party, but linkage to "Occupy Wall Street" is only possible in the minds of those who see every corporate entity as an evil preying on unsuspecting innocent citizens.

-- Patrick Malone, Blairsville

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Jan 2 years, 6 months ago

So what you are saying is the tea party, with Koch brothers funding buses to bring in people and speakers to manipulate the message; A TV station organizing and pushing the "agenda" (even using stock footage from unrelated demonstrations to make them seem larger); a group frequently sporting assault rifles and signs with racial slurs denigrating the president; is a good thing but the wall street protests are bad even though they have kept it peaceful even when police unprovoked started randomly using pepper spray, pushing crowds onto bridges then blocking their path off the bridge. There were no arrests of the tea party because the turnouts were small and right wing politicians wanted to use them. Influential people in the 1% are behind the pressure on police to interfere with the peaceful demonstrations and use such tactics as arrests and pepper spray. If you would listen to interviews of Wall Street demonstrators, you would see that they have a clear view of their desire to focus attention on the way Wall Street is controlling congress and should help get the ones that cater to the Wall Street interest and ignore constituent interests voted out of office. Any Representative or Senator that would sign a no tax pledge that has no business dealing with the economics of America.

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JimmyOrr 2 years, 6 months ago

This letter is one of the finest, if not the finest, that Patrick Malone has ever submitted to the Gwinnett Daily Post. The message I read is that the Tea Party had best return to the bedrock principles of no new taxes and a smaller more productive and efficient government which resonated well in the 2010 elections.

James H. (Jimmy) Orr, Jr.

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R 2 years, 6 months ago

Mr Malone, Perhaps you could provide some specific examples of where these local groups have gotten off track to help enlighten us? True, there are almost as many groups as Baskin Robins has flavors, but everything we have seen locally seems to stem from tax issues and government's size.

Unfortunately the Tea Party has been hijacked by politically naive individuals (consider the Tea Party leaders in Gwinnett) who have lost focus on the two issues that created the initial need for a Tea Party.

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