Loyalty to a cause, not a country

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News:

Joe Manelis, in reference to the Tea Party’s dislike of further government intervention in health care, claims that “this ultra right wing of the Republican party appears to be on a course that is both dangerous and UNAMERICAN” (“Loyalty to country, not a cause,” April 11).


If the Tea Party movement is both dangerous and UNAMERICAN, then so is the United States Declaration of Independence, which contains the following passage: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Kurt Bouwhuis


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