Kevin Reeves' opinion piece in Sunday's paper was a bit confusing. He was strong on his description of working people being fed-up with government, but rather short on details.
Going through to see what exactly did trigger the anger of the tea-bag protesters, there were some hints. He quotes approvingly a sign carried by one, "God, Gold, Guns."
OK, that sounds good. Although I expect the god they're talking about is the right-wing Christian God, not the one spoken of last year in England when the head of the Anglican church and a highly-placed Muslim cleric finished their conversation. The Muslim said to the Archbishop - "You show me your beautiful God and I'll show you mine."
The next issue is gold. I assume they want to return to the Gold Standard, but it's not clear.
Also not clear is the support of guns. Why support a law that allows anyone to buy assault weapons, especially drug gangs from Mexico who purchase guns in the United States and use them to kill each other, the police and anyone else who is bothering them? There also are students killing each other. It's been 10 years since the Columbine massacre, and there have been several killings since.
Reeves also mentions illegal immigrants as a problem. I suppose he means all those Yukoners who must be salivating at the thought of coming to Haines and snatching all the jobs.
I gather they also want lower taxes. After eight years of lower taxes for the very rich, Obama is proposing to include the working class. Perhaps that's what they're angry about?
There is much made of the tea party expressing the will of the people in Haines, and a small mention that it was nationwide. Nothing was said about the role of the right-wing GOP crowd. If Fox News wasn't received in Haines, how much tea bag support would there have been?
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