I was amazed at the Oct. 9 commentary written by Peter Goldmark. I am surprised that a former publisher could be so misinformed about the goals of the tea party.
His comments seem as though he only reads newspapers versus interviewing or observing members of the tea party.
If he actually talked to tea party members, he would learn that they have no desire to unravel the American system but rather they want to return to the system that built the U.S.
We tea partiers know that “progressives” under Woodrow Wilson hijacked the American system. The system never intended government to transfer wealth of one citizen to another. The inherent danger was well understood.
The results are sadly visible today. By 2007 our national budget was $163 billion and since the Obama administration took over, it has grown to $1.3 trillion.
This debt belongs to every taxpayer; that’s over $131,963 per taxpayer, who make up 51 percent of our population. Few of us will pay this in our lifetime and the bill will fall on our children.
When Goldmark accuses us of wanting to default, he ignores the obvious. We wanted to decrease the spending that the administration was recklessly adding to the $1.3 trillion hole we are in.
This does not include the social programs that are on the government’s books, at a cost to us of $115.8 trillion that we still have to pay for.
Goldmark accuses us of questioning legal immigration. This has no connection to our goals. We join the legal immigrants who long for relief from tyranny that has been taken away by “elected progressive and nameless, faceless progressive bureaucrats.”
My opinion as to which movement is the single biggest threat to the U.S. conflicts with Goldmark’s. I would suggest he looks to the left to find the threat he fears.