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    really know what's going on" but that won't stop us from talking about it anyway.

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      For the complete lie about only caring about spending.  They are strong advocates for limiting reproductive rights and gun issues.  I won't even start with direct attacks on programs like PBS or voting rights.  Chris Hayes covered this for an hour.

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        First off, he never said they cared ONLY about spending.  Clearly they were about spending, and his comment was in good faith.  

        Second, it's not at all fair either to say "they" were about reproductive rights or gun issues.  Some groups or individuals may have been about those issues, others weren't.  There never was one orgainized "Tea Party".  

        For example, one of the most vile groups to claim the "Tea Party" banner was probably "Tea Party Nation", the only tea-party related group to be classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  The "Tea Party Express" group has also had it's hateful moments, as at one point it's former chairman Mark Williams had to resign after a racist blog post.  

        One of the original tea party groups though, the Tea Party Patriots, really were more focused on government, and the "Contract from America" focused exlusively on spending and limiting the role of government (including in regulation).  They still had really bad ideas, which would be economically disasterous, and which appealed mostly to narrow minded selfishness.  

        But it is in no way a defense of any of the above to say that the movement as a whole was about reducing spending, or that it did not actually support terrorist attacks.  Those are true enough statements, even though I disagree with VClib and I think the diary was kind of funny, and that the treatment of the Tea Party here is reasonably within the usual bounds of what is obviously meant as satire.  

        But VClib is entirtled to his opinion, and by no means does he seem to be a Tea Party defender or troll.  He is an active member  of 7 years who simply dissagrees with you on whether this kind of humor is funny at this time, after such a tragic event.  And you are HRing him for that disagreement.  It would have been enough to simply disagree and say why.

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