A typical sign at a tea party gathering

Floyd County’s “tea party” is going to war on the county’s proposed comprehensive plan and will strike at next week’s planning commission meeting.

Led by political activists like Joe Montague, J.C. Holden and Bob Bonsignore, the tea party hopes to inflame public anger over the plan that has been under development for more than a year.

I’ve watched these folks in action at meetings of the board of supervisors. They are all too often rude and disruptive. They talk loudly among themselves and make snide comments during a public meeting. They are typical of the mob mentality that has hijacked reasoned debate in this country.  The tea party is a phony “grassroots” operation that is — in reality — a carefully-crafted creation of right-wing political consultants funded by the billionaire Koch brothers as part of an organized effort to seize control of our political system and subvert the democratic process.

At a recent supervisors meeting, one of them shouted from the floor that the Supreme Court had “declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.”  The Supreme Court has not even considered a lawsuit filed by an atheist group that sought to outlaw the National Day of Prayer. A lower federal court, in fact, threw out the lawsuit.

During hearings on the proposed county budget, Montague twice called all public employees “parasites.” When some members of the community called on the tea party to distance itself from Montague’s comments, Bonsignore appeared before the board and said he would never distance himself from the remarks and attacked Floyd County teachers and public education.

The local tea party hires off-duty Floyd County sheriff’s deputies to provide “security” at their meetings at the library.

Apparently they feel they need protection.

(The planning commission meets Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the county administration building on Oxford Street in Floyd

(Updated on July 17 to add some additional thoughts and modify some language which — upon reflection — was extreme — even for me.  My apologies.)

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