Dear Thomas Friedman

Dear Mr. Friedman,I read your column on Wednesday in which you wrote, “The Tea Party that has gotten all the attention, the amorphous, self-generated protest against the growth in government and the deficit, is what I’d actually call the “Tea Kettle movement” — because all it’s doing is letting off steam.”I suspect you are writing more about yourself than the actual Tea Party Movement. You see, I was sitting across from you on the Acela Express last week from New York to Washington. We all saw and all heard you berate the Amtrak worker for not picking up your trash quickly enough. We all heard you complain that you were trapped in your seat because, heaven forbid, you had your tray table down and couldn’t be bothered to move your laptop to get up.Never mind that the Amtrak employee was actually in the midst of doing his job.We also all heard you mutter about how the Amtrak employee’s failure to pick your trash up quickly enough was a sign of why the country was disintegrating or something or other like that. Yeah, you said that too. We all heard you. You were too busy lecturing to see all the glances back and forth among those around you and the smirks caused by that last line.Now you are rattling on about tea partiers having “no plan to restore America to greatness.” I guess we need to go ask your buddies the Chinese for a plan. I’m sure they have one. I’m sure they can impose it by fiat. And God knows if you were in China last week, the poor train worker could have been taken out back and shot for not picking up the trash of China’s greatest American propagandist.That’s what the Chinese do. They are, lest you forget, communists. If that surprises you, it is probably because you know less about China than you think you do and you sure as hell know nothing about the tea party movement.Sincerely yours,Erick Erickson



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