To me, sending hate mail has always seemed like a lot of effort for little return. So I was surprised to receive over 30 nearly identical messages, all beginning, "Dear Mr. Hudson- You should shut up. You look like a queer."
It's quite disturbing that Ginni Thomas, who shares her life with one of the most powerful men in the United States government, should use her social standing to recruit people to rage against that government in the company of Larry Pratt.
Since the early Reagan years Republicans have managed to hold together an unholy alliance between big business, libertarians, and moderate/conservative faith voters. But it doesn't have to be that way.
As a Christian writer and citizen of this country, it is among my deepest desires that we would stop trading fact for feeling, stop trading catchphrases for complex thinking, and stop invoking God's name for our own political gain.
With Tea Party groups around the country actively sizing up candidates and picking sides, come November, we may finally discover whether the movement is the new voice of America, or just the squeaky wheel getting the grease.
The Republicans are willing to let one out of every ten of your friends go broke in the name of foiling the president and reclaiming control over the government (which they say they hate). Think about that.
Marcus' Tea Party anthem is all about policing boundaries of our Constitution as well as our geography, values and identities, but also about reminding us that these boundaries must be policed because they've been transgressed.
The story surfaces nationally with a Glenn Beck segment and two ludicrous Fox News discussions highlighting the false claim that Brandeis University was hosting an international conference linking the Tea Party movement to Nazis in Europe.