What Do YOU Think of the ‘Tea Party?’

 The Los Angeles Times ran an interesting Op/Ed article on various people’s views on the Tea Party and their role in American collective culture.  In a very interesting and unadulterated manner, the Times presented a sample of both positive and negative reactions to the Tea Party movement.

One of the positive reactions:

They are like the sober people at a party, writes Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg:

If you’ve ever known anyone with a serious addiction, you know the easiest thing for friends and family to do is pretend it’s not a big deal. Who wants to have a confrontation? Far easier to let things slide and have a good time.

The tea party is like the cousin who’s been through AA and refuses to pretend anymore. As a result he spoils everyone’s good time. For the enablers, and others in denial, he’s the guy ruining everything, not the drunk. […]

And the tea party is sounding the wake-up call. If America didn’t have a problem, then there really would be good cause to be furious with the forces of sobriety.

One of the bad reactions:

Where is our nation’s soul, asks On Faith’s Jennifer Butler:

The Tea Party’s uncompromising demands distorted the debate, and we’re now left with legislation that asks nothing from millionaires and billionaires even as it makes life tougher for the working poor and struggling families. This is not shared sacrifice.

What do YOU think of the Tea Party?  Sobering asset or unyielding lunatic fringe?

You can read the Times article in its entirety HERE.

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