The letter to the Watauga Democrat, "Taste the Tea Party Yourself" (also available on Facebook), is signed by someone selling a spiked beveridge, purporting to be just another regular citizen who never had much interest in politics until "the growing overreach of the federal government and interference with our constitutional liberties" inspired the letter-writer to get involved, apparently for the first time in her life. She went to the Boone tea party, and she amazed even herself by climbing onto a bus with other regular folks and traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in the big Obama-Is-a-Nazi dust-up on 9/12, promoted by Glenn Beck and Fox News.
By now we've become used to the lock-step vagueness of those "constitutional liberties" that are supposedly being ripped from us, but the letter-writer's pose of prior political innocence proves to be something of a masquerade. The author is a registered Republican who votes in every Republican primary and even in second primaries. She's been very politically engaged for years, according to her voting history available from the State Board of Elections.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Glad to see a committed partisan who never misses an election, including that 2nd primary between Foxx & Robinson in 2004.
But don't try to sell me a bill of goods that the tea party movement isn't a Republican Party opportunity to gin up the juices of the anti-Obama mob, for fun and profit.
The apparent need of tea party organizers to hide their Republican partisan goals says more about the current rattiness of the Republican "brand" than it does about the true fears and faiths of truly "regular Americans."