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  • You catch more flies with honey

       September 21, 2010

    I've always liked former Madison mayor Paul Soglin. I don't always agree with him politically, but I respect him for his pragmatism and his Midwestern "Git 'er Done" attitude. However, I do take issue with a recent post on his Waxing America website. It says:

    Last Tuesday's successes by the Teabaggers in a number of Republican primaries give the Democratic Party an opportunity to regroup and salvage the November elections. The success in Delaware of Christine O'Donnell, who may give historians pause to reinterpret the Salem Witch Trials, increases the probability that the meandering Democrats can maintain control of Congress.

    The key is how the Democrats maximize the potential of the Tea party movement. While it is inevitable that some Teabaggers cannot relate to the party of FDR, the Little Flower, and Will Rogers, it is important that the Democratic Party relate to them.

    Very few Teabaggers are racist; their numbers are so small as to be inconsequential.

    Some Teabaggers are strict libertarians, but they are a minority.

    Quite a few Teabaggers want lower taxes, but most of them are victims of the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy.

    A lot of Teabaggers want less government, but when it comes to government stepping on our backs, it was brought to us by so -called conservatives who rammed home the so-called Patriot Act - more an intrusion into the privacy of every American than a weapon against terrorism.

    Most Teabaggers are angry, and rightfully so. No more or less than the rest of us they are fed lies and deception about how healthcare reform stole from seniors' medicare. Their tax burden and national debt is as great as the rest of us -- created by Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, a failed economy created by exportation of jobs by businesses that were given Bush tax credits, and a housing crisis fed by a de-regulated financial market. It was the repeal of the Depression Era Glass-Steagall Act (1933) that led to this economic disaster.

    Democrats need to go out there and listen to the Teabaggers; the Republicans are not.

    The post refers to "teabaggers" eight times. Despite what people would have you think, that's not a friendly term and it's not what Tea Party activists call themselves. It's an insult and it shows a complete lack of respect. Disagree with someone all you want, but if you're going to ask for their vote, you should at least show them some respect.

    You don't win friends with salad and you don't win elections by being patronizing jerks either.

    Posted by kris at September 21, 2010 10:17 AM

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