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home : opinions : opinions September 15, 2014


8/27/2014 1:09:00 PM
Translating Tea Party doublespeak
Mike Paradise, Rice Lake

In last weeks' Chronotype, Assembly candidate Romaine Quinn treats us to a litany of Tea Party stealth propaganda. The Chronotype and most mainstream media outlets continually let us down in regard to critical information about candidates in local, regional and state elections. They do not ask about party and organizational affiliation or have the candidate lay out specifics.
Have you ever noticed how candidates of both parties never display a party affiliation on their campaign signs and literature? Are they not proud of same or are they hoping to confuse? Mr. Quinn's letter was full of the Tea Party talking points, if you are not aware. Let me translate some of Mr. Quinn's quotes.
• "Stopping federal over-reach." Translation, first of all I would like to remind Mr. Quinn that he is running for a state office. Perhaps he is confused. Anyway, it is his statements I am parsing. What he really means is-I will work to remove all federal oversight of corporations like Koch Industries, so they may continue to do whatever they want to do in the quest for the almighty dollar.
I will work with President er ... I mean Gov. Walker to divert your tax dollars to for-profit charter schools. Instead of the government using tax dollars for the common good, and to help the truly needy, I will work to divert an ever larger share of the U.S. budget to the likes of the Koch brothers, who already get tens if not hundreds of millions in government subsidies a year and somehow deserve even more.
• "Conservatives believe in the freedoms of the U.S. Constitution" As long as you are a corporation that is. Not a Democratic leaning minority wishing to cast a vote.
• "The value and sanctity of life." I will work to repeal women's right to make their own reproductive choices. Once you are born, you deserve no other government assistance unless you are rich. After all, we conservatives are about freedom.
• "Judeo Christian values" Non-Christians, agnostics, atheists and others are not welcome and should not have an equal say in our government.
• "Typically secular governments are the most violent against their own citizens." My god, man, do you ever pick up a newspaper or are you too busy reading the latest bullet points from ALEC? Have you ever heard of ISIS? If not you must be the only person in the country!
Anyway, I hope my fellow citizens do a little research and The Chronotype starts asking some pointed questions. The conservative movement has been hijacked by ideologues and nutcases. If you don't believe it, go to the website "rightwingwatch.org" and see actual quotes from these nuts that are seldom reported in the media.
These people have a vision of America that does not jive with mine and I doubt if it really jives with yours. These people are immoral, unethical and just plain mean. A working person voting for a Republican is like a chicken dining at Colonel Sanders. Mr. Quinn is just another Republican drone.
Let me say, I am not a Democrat. I vote for the person who has views more consistent with my own and that is not the current crop of Republicans.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014
Article comment by: Greg Bjugstad

Mr. Paradise shows his communist inclinations by simply regurgitating the well worn talking points common to that ilk.

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014
Article comment by: Randall R. Kniess

Oh my, but what a load of manure. Mr. Quinn and I may have some differences when it comes to Ron Paul, but your silly arguments and statements are absolutely nonsense. The Tea Party is not a party at all. We are normal citizens who are fed up with the federal government involving itself in state's rights. Anyone can see that any time a grant of federal money is offered to state or local governments, those governments must bow to the federal government's wishes. As for diverting money to the Koch brothers and corporations, your nuts. Flat out, nuts. As for helping the poor and needy, how about letting us keep more of our hard earned dollars and encouraging people to work and succeed for themselves, rather than encouraging them to be dependent on handouts designed to make them slaves to a party designed to make them serfs.
The people who work at corporations can vote and so can everyone else who are lawful citizens. But only one time. What a normal thinking citizen believes in is one vote per man or woman. And that vote should be made by informed citizens whether they be black, white, brown, yellow, red, or green with orange polka-dots. It should not matter if they are Christian, Jewish, pagan or have an odd belief or odder disbelief. Your twisted comment on the religious viewpoints put out by the Communist Party of America and the dimwits at The Freedom From Religion group, tells me you have no idea, nor do you even care about the majority of the democratic majority of folks who are sick and tired of this very small group of sick minded, loud mouthed, atheists based in Madison.
It isn't that we don't necessarily believe in helping others through charity, but government is the worst way to do so. It is expensive, often redundant, and only furnishes a hiding place for micro-managers who are too lazy to get their hands dirty and love to push others around through mandated regulations and cohersion. I think this quote by Benjamin Franklin is exactly what most normal people would agree to.
I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.― Benjamin Franklin
As for your assertions that Mr. Quinn is devoid of understanding the differences between ISIS and a secular government, that was your comment, not his. I can think of many governments who have used there populations in many evil fashions. History is filled with the manipulations by Kings, Czars, Presidents, and political machines destined on controlling and keeping their populations enslaved through murder, intimidation, ignorance, and flat out lies.
As for the organization you are promoting, most people would be appalled to know that it is run by a group of individuals who are more interested in controlling behavior and freedoms than those they accuse of such things. As a normal American, I don't care what you do in your personal life, just don't tell me that I must give it my stamp of approval. This is my opinion on the subject and can be added to the record.

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