To the Editor:
Mr. Tom McCarron (June 26, 2012, Letters to the Editor, Daily Chronicle) delivers a tea party pre-election perspective on the president and liberal Democrats, but also on fellow Republicans.
Many of the Republicans, he says, are big-spending, big-government “inconsistent” GOP types who require monitoring. What McCarron doesn’t say is that his party, as self-appointed watchdog, is out to get any Republican who isn’t conservative enough and dares to compromise with even conservative Democrats. They have been more than willing to lead the charge in the political demise of any Republican (U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar from Indiana, for example) who doesn’t subscribe to ultraright fanaticism. “My Way or the Highway” could be their bumper sticker.
There are a few American voters who are out not only to politically defeat President Obama but also to gut and humiliate him regardless of his positions on national and global affairs and matters of the U.S. economy. They are outside the notions of discussion and bargaining, which should be the very heart of positive political momentum.
Actually, I could have written this letter 45-plus years ago, long before the tea party existed.
The tea party subscribes to many of the same pre-existing conditions that were found in the aberrant behavior of the John Birch Society, militia movements and citizens’ organizations that wrapped themselves in vigilance and rage.
This election is going to be unusually nasty.