October 25, 2010

Letter to the Editor: In opposition to the Tea Party

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To the Editor:

Re: “In Defense of the Tea Party” Opinion, Oct. 22

Let’s not be so naive as to believe that the Tea Party movement is solely about limited government, reducing spending and individual freedom. Behind these seemingly benign, all-American principles lies something much uglier. According to a recent report by the NAACP, all of the six main Tea Party organizations have connections to white supremacist groups. The candidates that Tea Partiers are rallying behind are anti-gay, anti-choice and extremely xenophobic. The Tea Party is the same old reactionary social conservatism wrapped in new fiscal paper. Is this really what we want for the United States in 2010?

Lauren Schneider ’11