While Left intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Naomi Wolf have admirably shown support for the genuine populist movement that is the Tea Party, most conventional liberals still generally dismiss these folks as “racist,” potential “terrorists” or any other slight other than what they actually are—everyday Americans concerned about the size and scope of our government, however imperfect or inconsistent their criticism may be.

Regardless, Chomsky and Wolf aren’t the only ones on the Left to treat the Tea Partiers like rational human beings recently. Writes The Washington Post’s Robert McCartney:

I went to the “tea party” rally at the Washington Monument on Thursday to check out just how reactionary and potentially violent the movement truly was.

Answer: Not very.

Based on what I saw and heard, tea party members are not seething, ready-to-explode racists, as some liberal commentators have caricatured them.

Some are extremists and bigots, sure. The crowd was almost entirely white. I differ strenuously with the protesters on about 95 percent of the issues.

Nevertheless, on the whole, they struck me as passionate conservatives dedicated to working within the system rather than dangerous militia types or a revival of the Ku Klux Klan.

Similar to McCartney, the Charleston City Paper’s own Chris Haire writes:

I don’t know what’s happening with Tea Parties everywhere else, but these things are boring around here. Even the protest signs — which Arianna Huffington so desperately wants me to be offended by — elicit yawns; I’ve seen more offensive sandwich boards advertising frikkin’ sandwiches. A hot tuna melt? That’s revolting.

It seems that all the Tea Party folks want to talk about are taxes, healthcare, the 10th amendment, and out-of-control government spending. I heard nary a racial or sexually oriented slur, something I can about damn guarantee you would hear on any given night in a Charleston bar.

As a conservative pundit, I’m generally opposed to the liberal Left but appreciate anytime those who disagree with me at least acknowledge that I have a legitimate opinion and argue accordingly. So much of what passes for “news” coverage of the Tea Party movement is nothing more than liberal perceptions about what they believe conservatives really stand for (racism, etc.) rather than what Tea Partiers actually say or the glaring, self-evident issues at hand. Kudos to those on the Left interested in a better, more logical and equitable debate.

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