The Common Good
August 2011

Tea and Commentary

by David Ish | August 2011

In "The Gospel According to the Tea Party" (November 2010), Jim Wallis overlooked points.

In "The Gospel According to the Tea Party" (November 2010), Jim Wallis overlooked points. The tea party would exist if the winning Democratic Party candidate were white; these people think a Democratic president saying "hello" to China is traitorous. However, they would approve a Republican sale of ICBMs to China.

Unfortunately, probably the only way the tea partiers would change their opinion of "love thy neighbor" is if they experienced a major calamity (loss of a job or a major medical expense their insurance company refuses to pay). Then their view of social programs would change. It would make Saul's "road to Damascus" experience look like a shirt change.                        

David Ish
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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