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Tea Party Activists Get No Respect

By Jonathan Gurwitz, San Antonio Express-News - April 11, 2010

Aretha Franklin sang about it. Sacha Baron Cohen's fictional character Ali G exalted it. Kids are supposed to show it. Members of the tea party movement don't get any of it. Respect, that is.

And why should they? Tea partiers are assault-rifle-toting religious extremists, down-and-out ignoramuses from the margins of society who've finally found a public outlet for their pent up rage against Hollywood, mandatory seatbelt laws and smart people. When Barack Obama talked about the bitter folks who cling to guns and religion on the campaign trail in 2008, he was describing the citizens of tea party nation, before it even existed.

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