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Re: “The Wingnuts Had a Point

This article represents the conservative rhetoric we are accustomed to in this country. Mr. Miner’s overtly conservative opinion, spinning of facts, and poor argument is only strengthened by his one sided conversation with Johnson County Patriots of the Republic leader, Jeff Merrick. (Baptist minister, social conservative, and conservative tea party patriot (read - anti gay agenda. Problem with content of FOOW - coincidence?). As many Americans are not aware, there are two forms of the Tea Party – Conservative (fiscal & social conservative) & Libertarian (fiscal conservative). Who are the Tea Party Members??? – Primarily white, wealthy, educated males who are married and over the age of forty-five. You don’t see many poverty-stricken, uneducated, rural, people of color, speaking out probably because they are supported by government programs and deal with the poverty issues that were represented at the festival like those in “Winter’s Bone” and “Hungry for Health.” Is it just coincidence that individuals like Jeff Merrick, Denny Hoskins, Carl Bearden, and Peter Kinder were the key players in shutting down the festival? What about Senator David Pearce (R)? Not available for comment? (Whose office did not consider the calls concerned with the nature and amount of the stimulus grant necessarily critical.) It is clear that all members involved including Mr. Minor seem to know very little on how grant processes work (implementation grids are not just “timelines”), the ARRA (neither Denny Holkins or Scott Rowson could specify how the project was out of compliance with federal guidelines), and the overarching purpose of the festival – awareness for social justice – that includes poverty. (Social Justice – Or in the terms of the Johnson Country Patriots of the Republic, “nothing more than euphemism for wealth redistribution.”) Spin it how they may this is a classic case of censorship, political posturing, pushing of the conservative agenda, and not conveniently generalized as “the wingnuts had a point.” (I.e. the position of Mr. Miner, Denny Hoskins, Carl Beaden, Jeff Merrick, and the quoted “local legislators and bureaucrats in Jefferson City.” Whom Mr. Miner failed to state party association.)

Posted by MOreader on 09/25/2010 at 6:30 PM

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