This is my response to the letter to the editor entitled “GOP hypocritical, too” by Daniel Wells on Jan. 21. In case you haven’t heard, Mr. Wells, the Tea Party is nonpartisan. We have people from all parties in the Tea Party movement, because almost everyone can understand things — like you don’t spend a trillion dollars to get us out of trillions in debt, and belief in the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.
I did not denounce anyone specifically, because political rhetoric has been used with all kinds of allegedly “violent” terms from both sides long before any of these types of incidents. I do denounce anyone who would articulate a specific threat against anyone.
Sane people don’t have a problem using the terms in question in the appropriate context on the battlefield of ideas. The founders were pretty strong in their rhetoric. Whatever happened to individual responsibility?
The Arizona shooting suspect was obviously deranged, and his political beliefs, if he had any coherent ones, were all over the map and had nothing to do with his indiscriminate actions. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was not the only person attacked.
I believe we have become a nation of politically correct extremists, and we need to be more discerning. The bottom line was fingers were pointed before facts were known.