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A real wild card

Posted: August 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Tom Pattantyus wrote a column relating his experiences as a young man in Hungary forced to participate in state demonstrations and went on to discuss his experiences with tea party gatherings ("From red boxers to tea partiers," Aug. 6).

The last thing either of the two major parties in this country want to see is a populist groundswell movement succeed that's based on traditional American principles of small government, fiscal responsibility and individual accountability.

That definitely upsets the business-as-usual apple cart.

For the Democrats, it represents a refutation of their own core ideals, so they must resort to efforts to discredit, belittle, trivialize and marginalize it.

The Republicans see a huge demographic embracing the values they claim - often falsely - to represent, so they try to jump out in front of the parade.

For both parties, the tea party movement represents a wild card in the deck that scares them to no end. Good! The best politician is a scared politician.


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