, Gloucester, MA


October 19, 2013

Letter: Default threat exposed Tea Party zealots

To the editor:

As I read John Kolackovsky’s letter, (the Times, Wednesday, Oct, 16), I couldn’t help but wonder, yet again, “What kind of parallel political universe do these Tea Party types live in?”

Mr. Kolackovsky’s claim that it was “big government” holding the American people “hostage” would be laughable if the behavior of the true hostage takers — the Tea Party zealots in the House — was not so reckless and dangerous, not just to the American people and US economy but to the global economy as well.

For, example, Mr. Kolackovsky claimed the three dozen or so Tea Party hostage takers and political terrorists in the House were “... overwhelmingly voted in and kept in to stop ObamaCare.”

The three dozen or so Tea Party hostage takers and political terrorists were not “overwhelmingly voted in.” They were elected from rigidly gerrymandered congressional districts where no one, at least not at the moment, who does not share the far right, Obama-hating, biblical literalist ideology of the Tea Party hostage takers and political terrorists, stands a snowball’s chance in Hades of getting elected.

Interestingly though, in three states where some of those rigidly gerrymandered districts are located, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, the GOP was hijacked by the Tea Party extremists during the 2012 primary season. The extremists succeeded in nominating three fellow “whacko bird” — thanks again, Sen. McCain for that one — Tea Partiers as the GOP’s nominees to the US Senate, and all three were handily defeated by their Democratic opponents.

In addition, it is true the GOP maintained its majority in the House last year, but the party still lost several seats nonetheless.

Perhaps most interestingly, when one looks at the votes cast for House candidates from a national perspective, Democrats got four million more votes than Republicans did. And let’s not forget, President Obama was handily re-elected last year and Senate Democrats not only kept their majority in that chamber, they added to it.

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