Editorial: Marginalizing the Tea Party Movement

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Politicians and pundits on the left are doing everything they can think of to vilify the tea party movement. Until recently, the members of the movement were characterized as a rowdy bunch of uneducated, gun-toting hillbillies. A rabble not smart enough to see the wisdom of the progressive policies of President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others of the enlightened class.

But then last week, CBS News and the New York Times released the results of a survey that showed, lo and behold, that the tea partiers are better educated than most Americans - 37% of them college graduates. They also have a higher-than-average income - with 56% making more than $50,000 a year. Then comes former President Bill Clinton on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing-drawing sinister parallels between what he recalls as the anti-government attitude of that period and today's political unrest.

I'm not a member of any tea party and don't wish to be, but it's obvious to me that those currently in power are trying to marginalize this tea party movement for the simple reason that they see it as a threat to their remaining in power.

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