It is a sad day for the tea party, as on March 16 in this very paper the darkest secret of the tea party movement was exposed in a letter by Mr. Terry Munson (“From China’s Red Guard to tea party”). Through careful analysis of all the facts and data available, he was able to establish the link that the tea party had thought would never be discovered. In 1966 in China, the Cultural Revolution began, during which citizens thought to be members of the bourgeois were terrorized by the Red Guard; doctors, lawyers, teachers, land owners, landlords, and educated people were killed or sent to labor camps.
The Revolution went through several phases, and is generally recognized to have lasted 10 years, during which time all schools and universities were closed. A friend of mine, as a young Hong Kong police officer in the late 1960s, took his turn and spent one day a month pulling bodies out of the Sham Chun River before they flowed into Shenzhen Bay; all the bodies were the same: bruised with hands tied behind their back. The day he remembers most is the one when he personally pulled out 48 bodies.
Mr. Munson discovered that “The Red Guard succeeded in terrorizing China, but made no positive contributions. … it’s hard not to draw a parallel between the America of the tea party and the China of the Cultural Revolution.”
How did we not see this before? Why wasn’t Dan Rather or Michael Moore all over this? It is so obvious; the tea party is a political movement within one of the two major parties which seeks to elect candidates who agree with the opinion that stealing from our children and grandchildren so we can live way beyond our means now is not a good idea. I wonder if there are any political movements in the other major party that seek to elect candidates who agree with them on an issue -- probably not or Mr. Munson would have mentioned them with the tea party in his analysis, I am sure.
Thus, if we accept Mr. Munson’s premise, as you drive across the Georgetown bridges, join me in watching for police officers pulling out the bodies of tea party victims from the Waccamaw, Black and Pee Dee Rivers, before they flow into Winyah Bay. I hope Mr. Munson and others who also see the strong connection between the tea party and the Red Guard terrorists in 1960s China show great appreciation for today’s youth, because as the long term victims of the obscene, selfish spending taking place in Washington, they will be stuck with the bill.
The writer lives in Georgetown.