The party of chaos

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The current name that a wing of the Republican Party has chosen, "Tea Party," is apt. I realize now that its origin is not from the event that took place in Boston, pre-American Revolution, but from the tea party that took place in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The cast includes the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and the White Rabbit among others. Nothing that takes place at their party makes sense. Everything is backward and chaos reigns.

This new group of Tea Partiers chooses for the 42nd time to vote against the Affordable Care Act, ignoring the fact that "Obamacare" includes health care for those with pre-existing conditions, extends health care for children up to age 26 and provides an opportunity for the uninsured to obtain coverage among other benefits. In the real world these are desirable benefits, but in the upside down world of the Tea Party it is anathema, hence they go running around in circles threatening to shut down the government.

As you recall in Carroll's story, Alice finally leaves the party in disgust. Right now, I feel fatigue as well as disgust at this new attempt to reverse a law that will benefit large numbers of the electorate and at attempts to hold the nation hostage by a group of intransigent naysayers who have lost sight of the function of government -- which is to "provide for the common good."

FRANCES PAPALE VITTI
Stanton Heights


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