2013-12-06 / Letters

Down On The Tea Party

Dear Editor:

Being an Irish catholic living in Rockaway, I realize one thing that some of my best friends (and relatives) are Conservative Republicans. I became aware of something else recently. I discovered a use of a word from the 1950s; a word current in the 1950s but had started, I believe, in the late ‘30s and war time ‘40s. It was used to describe those liberals who found no fault with the Soviet Union invading Finland in the winter war or that same year cooperating with Germany in invading and looting Poland, then switching back when Germany invaded Russia; then when we were in the war, calling loudly for a second front.

They weren’t Communists; they were Fellow Travelers, following the party line. Today the Republican members of Congress are Fellow Travelers to the Tea Party, seemingly willing to destroy our country because they don’t like a health law that was adopted by our duly elected officials at the time. We have avoided it for now, but the Tea Party still is convinced only they and their followers, sitting in their Idaho mountaintop, patting the tripod of his favorite 50 calibers, have all the answers. The Republican Congress has become Fellow Travelers to the Tea Party; they have become tea cups. Some of the Tea Party sound like George Wallace sounded on race back in the ‘60s or Jefferson Davis in the earlier ‘60s. I wish to welcome our newly elected Councilman, a Republican, is he a Fellow Traveler to the Tea Party?

JOHN HOWLEY

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