It isn’t often that I call someone an “idiot,” but I Nigel Coleman fits the bill.
The Tea Party protests, for the most part, have been positive rallies voicing disapproval with the way Washington has acted over the past two years with their reckless spending, government intrusion into private business, the future that the current Congress and Administration are leading the nation. There might be someone who has never been involved with prior rallies that would be interested in joining Nigel at his rally in Danville, VA next weekend and end up with a rude surprise. The Danville rally will be unlike any other Tea Party rally to date.
Nigel, for some odd reason, thinks it is a smart idea to create effigies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Virginia Representative Tom Perriello at his Saturday rally. Both members of Congress supported and voted for House Health Care Reform bill last week; a bill that most members of the Tea Party protests have been against due to the implied government takeover of the health care system as well as expanding the national debt. These effigies are to be burned during the rally.
If you ask me, this is not only counterproductive to the Tea Party movement, but it also turns public attention against you. Imagine the rallies against the Iraq war where they burned American flags, or where a two-faced effigy depicting Bush and Kerry were burne. Did these acts increase the support for the protesters or isolate them as extremists?
Nigel should reconsider his actions and issue an apology. This is not how someone with the “correct side” of the argument should act. With the Tea Party movement growing in numbers and events, this will derail the progress so many people have invested their time and energy in.
Is Nigel Coleman an idiot? You tell me.