In response to Dawn Olney (4/20, Letters), I agree that bad behavior should be denounced, and it has been by members of both parties.
But you should know recent polls show significant percentages of tea party members identify themselves as independents or Democrats. And a website has been identified where progressives on the left are joining together to infiltrate tea party gatherings, spewing hate speech and violence, or misspelling signs on purpose.
Some tea partiers made signs in advance pointing out infiltrators to let the biased media know they were not with them.
The tea party is a movement, not an organization with a leader. You cannot condemn a party or organization that has no affiliation. I hope this helps you understand the movement better.
I attended the April 15 tea party at Community America ballpark and I was impressed with the organization and energy displayed at this event. The tribute to veterans was moving and appreciated by the veterans who appeared on the infield.
I remember coming home in the 1960s after being a crewmember on unarmed Navy reconnaissance planes flying out of bases in the Far East. I was young and thought I was invincible, but the day North Korea shot down one of our planes and 29 of my fellows sailors perished -- it was then I realized how short life can be. I remember standing against a Students for a Democratic Society protest at MU and being ridiculed.
Today these same radicals are running our government. Who would have thought this great country could move this far to the left? Today, I stand against these radicals and urge every voter to get the facts and evaluate who they want to represent them in the new Congress.