Tea Party's funders want return to 19th Century exploitation
I keep reading and hearing about the Tea Party and its activities in Crescent City. They portray themselves as a grassroots group of everyday Americans. Probably many of the Tea Party members in Crescent City are just that, but I wonder if those who are "average Joes" realize that those who originated and heavily finance the Tea Party are not ordinary, working-class Americans.
When one traces the origin of the Tea Party, one soon comes to the names of some of America's wealthiest people, namely the Kansas oil billionaires, the brothers Charles and David Koch. Each Koch brother is believed to be worth $21.5 billion according to Forbes magazine.
These people start and provide financial backing for
harmless-sounding front groups that promote extremely conservative
causes. They are against labor unions, (they have been strong financial
backers of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who this last spring worked so
hard to destroy Wisconsin's public employee unions) environmental
regulations, health care legislation, anti-tobacco legislation, etc.
They are against practically anything considered progressive. In
short, they are for 19th century exploitative capitalism, ala Charles
Dickens. Long term, their goal is to reduce working class people to
conditions of serfdom or near slavery. This means starvation wages, no
medical care, no retirement benefits, etc. Back to the good old 19th
The Koches work through "front groups" with nice-sounding names, such
as Americans for Prosperity (the AFP) and even "Tea Party Patriots."
Americans for Prosperity has been a major organizer of the Tea Party
movement, providing much funding for it.
I urge you who read this not to just take my work for it. Get online,
go to various websites concerning the Tea Party and see what you think
after investigating it. Does the Tea Party really sound like a truly
spontaneous grassroots movement, or is it really just a front for
extremely wealthy Americans who want to be like the "robber barons" of
Google topics like Americans for Prosperity, Tea Party financiers,
the Koch family, the Koch brothers, Clarence Thomas and his wife
Virginia (Tea Party organizers). You might find it interesting and quite
frightening in some cases.
Allen C. Johnson
Writer unaware Sodom story points finger at homophobes
I wonder if Patricia Thorpe ("Homosexuality, perversions common now,
but still wrong," June 22) knows any gay men or lesbians here in
Crescent City. There are a few of us, not many.
We don't go around trying to rape strangers like the men of Sodom.
She might want to reread the story, too, or just think about it.
I look at it as a story of homophobia. Two very pretty, somewhat
effeminate-looking men show up in Sodom. The townsfolk are outraged by
this gay couple and decide to teach them a lesson by raping them. They
are thwarted by Lot, the one good guy in town, who takes in the two men
and protects them. Of course, the two men are not a gay couple, but
angels sent to warn Lot that the town will be destroyed.
Maybe we can learn from this story not to attack a whole group of
people based on how they look or a dubious interpretation of a Bible
story. Better to see the image of the divine in everyone. You never know
who might really be an angel.