President’s promoting fear, not members of Tea Party Patriots
To the Editor:
Catherine Minolli stated in her column that her early naiveté on the Tea Party groups embarrassed her, I feel she should still feel embarrassed. I have been a participant; not as part of a "right wing conspiracy" but as a concerned American. I will let my voice be heard, I am proud to be part of a community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded!
The first amendment is the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Minolli was correct that we are a country filled with rage and hugely divided, bent on deepening the fissure, not bridging it. She stated that it is much easier to muse fear, create doubt and erect blockades to actually accomplish things.
Some excerpts from President Obama's health care reform speech on Tuesday confirms that belief: "Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result."
By far the biggest scaremonger on this issue has been Obama himself.
"Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed."
Debating public policy issues is not "bickering." Disagreeing with a proposal to radically change one of the largest sectors of our economy is not a "game."
I ask that Minolli do a little more unbiased research, as your column is an absolute misrepresentation of what the Lapeer County Tea Party Patriots stands for.
Susan Huetter, Concerned American, Lake Orion
September 16, 2009