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Hannah Arendt
Tea party: They call us names because they fear our strength
Tea party: They call us names because they fear our strength

Last January, after the tragic attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that left her severely wounded and six people dead, President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to the nation to tone down political and partisan rhetoric. So it's both surprising and disturbing that on the day that Representative Giffords made her triumphal return to the House floor last week, it was amid the cross-fire of verbal artillery launched by many of her compatriots at House members who possess opposing views. When the deficit and debt limit debate first began, so did name-calling and wild accusations against the tea party. In the beginning, everyone from Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie...

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