Tea party and sedi­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The irony of the tea party point­ing to the phi­los­o­phy of our Found­ing Fa­thers in pur­suit of their antigov­ern­ment agenda beg­gars de­scrip­tion.

Alexan­der Hamil­ton clearly states in the Fed­er­al­ist that “it will al­ways be far more easy for the state gov­ern­ments to en­croach upon the na­tional au­thor­i­ties than for the na­tional govern­ment to en­croach upon the state au­thor­i­ties” (such as in the case of the Ari­zona im­mi­gra­tion law).

The Fed­er­al­ist also is full of cau­tions and strate­gies to be ap­plied against fac­tions. How could tea party sup­port­ers pos­si­bly ra­tio­nal­ize their vi­o­lent, dis­re­spect­ful and disin­gen­u­ous at­tack on the fab­ric of this great nation, es­pe­cially when us­ing the writ­ings of men who ex­plic­itly warned against dangers such as they rep­re­sent? Is it pa­tri­o­tism or sheer re­bel­lious­ness, greed and ha­tred that rages in their veins?

In Hamil­ton’s day, they’d be im­pris­oned for sedi­tion. katHer­ine eD­miS­ton k.ed­mis­ton@live.com

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