RE: Tea-Party Republicans are not a fringe.
The writer is entitled to his opinions, but not his own facts. He claims “tea-party fringe Republicans” comprise a majority in the House of Representatives. As of January 2013, there were 49 members of the Tea Party Caucus in the House. That’s 11.26%, NOT a majority. He also claims they represent a majority of the American people. [i] A September 2013 Gallup poll found (with Independents indicating which way they “lean”), 41% identified as Republicans and 47% as Democrats. Given that, that there is no way Tea Party Republicans represent the majority of Americans.[ii]
I am incredibly tired of people vocalizing their discontent when they have no idea what they are talking about. The government shutdown is not a protest of the people, by the people, for the people. It is a desperate political ploy intended to subvert the will of MOST Americans and hold our economy hostage at the expense of all Americans.