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A JOURNAL OF FREE VOICES SINCE 1954 OBSERVER. 1111.0 CUE “T” for Trouble I’D BE WILLING TO BET THAT IF JESUS WERE HERE today, he wouldn’t even be able to recognize Tea Party “Christians” as his followers. It wouldn’t matter, though: He would probably just be deported, if he were even allowed to get in to begin with. Ray Avalos SAN ANTONIO I’M CONSTANTLY AMAZED AT THE HATE, ANGER AND FEAR that the Tea Party engenders in people on both sides of the political divide. I am not a Tea Party member, but this demonization is getting old and only appeals to the most blindly partisan. I think the Tea Party is simply one of the more visible ways the Average Joe is letting Washington know that he is sick and tired of the country being sold out to the military/industrial/financial complex. Billy Kirkland AUSTIN THE TEA PARTY IS A PARTY GENERATED BY THE “HAVES” in order to motivate their minions against those who have not. In order to produce their minions, they have to inflame their fears. William Corning LEVITTOWN, PA. ARE HATE-MONGERS LIKE SARAH PALIN OR GLENN Beck the answer? And should we repeal the 14th Amendment? It does matter what party is in power, and the Tea Party is a hate group no matter how you try to justify it and what it stands for. It’s like saying the KKK is just a social club. Bruce Barnes TYLER WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS THAT IT HAS nothing to do with parties. These people are professional politicians, and as such it doesn’t matter if they are Democrats or Republicans. A two-party system cannot work because of this. The really sad part is that the people in power no longer have loyalty to this country. A global economy lends itself to politicians following the buck and selling out this country, which I might add, they have done in spades. What really bums me out is the idea of soliciting young people to be patriotic and defend their country by joining the services. What these poor soldiers are defending is the economic, global power the “haves” seek. Lyn Fovoccia LOCKHART WHEN PEOPLE SAY THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Democrats and Republicans, I want to ask them if they notice the difference between tap water and toilet water. Seriously, the Democrats don’t always do the right thing, but at least they recognize the right thing when they see it. Elizabeth Eakin HOUSTON “D” is for Drugs THE SITUATION IN JUAREZ IS BAD \(“COLLATERAL people didn’t drive cars, it would never have hap pened. If people didn’t do drugs, there wouldn’t be this violence. But what have we done to get people off of drugs? Clearly not enough. Dennis Schneider ROUND ROCK CLEARLY THE PROBLEM IS DRUGS. JUST LIKE DURING Prohibition the problem was booze, not the fact that crime cartels formed to support the underground alcohol trade because it had been declared illegal. Kristen Dickson AUSTIN THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD REASONS TO LEGALIZE DRUGS in Mexico. And judging from how money-grubbing the United States is, I wouldn’t doubt we’d soon fol low suit. It’d be the same as lifting prohibition. The immigrants who are criminalized here could actu ally make a living in Mexico growing pot and cocoa. It would force us to deal with the addiction problem. Sabbath Lili Hawkes AUSTIN Sound Off [email protected] THE TEXAS OBSERVER VOLUME 102, NO. 15 FOUNDING EDITOR Ronnie Dugger EDITOR Bob Moser MANAGING EDITOR Chris Tomlinson SENIOR EDITORS Dave Mann, Michael May WEB EDITOR Jen Reel INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER Melissa del Bosque STAFF WRITERS Abby Rapoport, Forrest Wilder ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Julia Austin CIRCULATION MANAGER Candace Carpenter OFFICE MANAGER Lorraine Blancarte ART DIRECTION EmDash LLC COPY EDITOR Rusty Todd POETRY EDITOR Naomi Shihab Nye INTERNS Laura Burke, Abigail Macdonald-Sabo, Justin Sedgwick, Ann Elise Taylor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Emily DePrang, Lou Dubose, James K. Galbraith, Steven G. Kellman, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Leleux, James E. McWilliams, Char Miller, Bill Minutaglio, Ruth Pennebaker, Josh Rosenblatt, Kevin Sieff, Brad Tyer, Andrew Wheat CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jana Birchum, Alan Pogue, Matt Wright-Steel CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS Michael Krone, Alex Eben Meyer, Ben Sargent TEXAS DEMOCRACY FOUNDATION BOARD Lisa Blue Baron, Carlton Carl, Melissa Jones, Susan Longley, Jim Marston, Mary Nell Mathis, Gilberto Ocanas, Jesse Oliver, Bernard Rapoport, Geoffrey Rips, Geronimo Rodriguez, Sharron Rush, Kelly White, OUR MISSION We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy. We will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. AUGUST 20, 2010 Uh-oh! Now we are going to define what and who is Christian? \(“Why the Tea Party Michael Cosper AUSTIN A