Facebook always gets you in trouble. Read this exchange between Montana Big Sky Tea Party Association president Tim Ravndal and others in a Facebook stream:
Tim Ravndal: “Marriage is between a man and a woman period! By giving rights to those otherwise would be a violation of the constitution and my own rights”
Keith Baker: “How dare you exercise your First Amendment Rights?”
Dennis Scranton: “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”
Tim Ravndal: “@Kieth, OOPS I forgot this aint America no more! @Dennis, Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?”
Dennis Scranton: “Should be able to get info Gazette archives. Maybe even an illustration. Go back a bit over ten years.”
Ravndal was relieved of his duties as president.
Look, this is America. No question. These people have a right to say and feel what they want. But there are repercussions sometimes to saying and feeling what you want. You are more than entitled to your opinion, but when it borders on hateful and harmful speech–even anecdotal as these people might think this is–it crosses the line. Apparently others in the Tea Party agree with me.
This doesn’t prove anything to me I didn’t already know about the National Tea Party. Their brand of conservatism is ultra-conservative, and I don’t think it gels with mainstream America.