After reading Sandy Thackeray’s tribute to the tea party ("Most Americans agree with tea party," June 12), I am reminded of the words of Hubert Humphrey, the former progressive senator from Minnesota and vice president. These words are often quoted and remain a standard of sorts for progressives in this country: " ... the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the disabled."
Progressives over the years have earnestly tried, and sometimes succeeded, to pass this test. The legacy of the tea party will be one of hate, pessimism, and insensitivity to the needs of the less fortunate in our society. Liberals do not "tear apart our Constitution;" they just try to make it work for everyone.
David E. Lowry
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