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Tea Party was not formed due to President Obama’s election

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 am

In reading comments from my leftist friends, I find that they consistently call the Tea Party a group solely formed as a reaction to having, as one put it, "a black socialist president." As usual they see the color, ethnicity or faith in a person first in describing them. It doesn't matter what he looks like; it's his policies that are abhorrent.

This idea that the Tea Party was formed to harass Obama is untrue. It was formed in reaction to a president and his party who were out of control in spending and enlarging an already too-big government. That president was Bush, not Obama. He had added the biggest expansion in Medicare since the '60s, and in the last months of his administration approved trillions of dollars in various bailout schemes. When rational people asked him what he was thinking, he said, "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system."

His bail-out plan for General Motors and Chrysler was rejected by Congress, but Bush overrode them, which violated the Constitution's separation of powers doctrine. Bush, in words and action, laid the foundation for Obama to launch an even larger explosion of government spending that makes Bush's insanity look sane.

The leftists continually rewrite history. The party of slavery, Jim Crow laws, the KKK, segregation and racism is the Democratic Party. These facts are irrefutable, yet they proclaim themselves to be the champion of the down-trodden, the minorities, etc. even as their policies enslave the people they profess to protect.

As George Orwell said, "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their understanding of their own history."

We're on our way to self-destruction.

Ron Portal

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