10/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When the Going Get's Tough, the "Tea-Baggers" Run

In today's (September 1st) Los Angeles Times, along with the extensive coverage of the devastating fires is this letter to the editor from Mr. B White:

"Where are all the "Tea-baggers" now that we need them? The bumbling government, once again, is launching another bound-to-fail program with the massing of firefighters to battle the Station fire.

Why save someone else's house from destruction; it's not mine? The fire departments are just more of the socialist governmental programs designed to take away what little freedom we have left. Why can't we just burn in peace?"

In the same issue, Ms. P. Wonick writes: "As the flames kiss your back door, would a firefighter refuse service, claiming you have a preexisting condition (drought)?"

Spot on. I've noticed that the "Tea-baggers" have all but disappeared in Southern California since the fires started. As a matter of fact, I didn't recall seeing any of them screaming their corporate-penned talking points last month's seven day Remote Area Medical operation at the Los Angeles Forum.

I guess when reality hits, the far right's faux campaign against the government suddenly looks foolish, if not downright cruel.