The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology.

Economic problems make people angry. They look for a scapegoat at which to vent their anger. Their anger reveals itself as hatred. This gives hate-mongering bigots a forum. Perhaps the most noteworthy case was Hitler, who convinced Germany the Jews caused their misery.

America always has had its share of hate mongers — the Ku Klux Klan for instance — but these days hate-mongering dresses up as “patriotism.” Rather than white robes and bonfires, the new hate-mongers wear business suits and rant on Fox News.

With the recession making everyone angry, the latest target at which to vent that anger is the Muslims. So we have the ridiculous “discussions” about how far from “ground-zero” a mosque can be — for the sake of “sensitivity.” (No one seems concerned about the sensitivity of the Muslims, who by the way, are our fellow Americans).

And no one seems concerned about the sensitivity caused by the Christian bombers of the Oklahoma City federal building. Shall no Christian churches exist nearby? No mosques near the Pentagon or that empty field where the final plane crashed?

Now we have Glenn Beck, who had the audacity to say to Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim, “Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.” The absolute gall of that jerk, to demand of an elected Representative that he should prove his patriotism to a bigot like Beck.

The Glenn Becks of the world love to wrap themselves in the American flag, but they are no patriots. In fact, they are traitors to everything America stands for.

Tea Partiers, as you gather to fawn over Glenn Beck, understand that you are fawning over a traitor — a traitor who makes a fortune posing as a patriot, and doesn’t have the courage to admit what a threat to American ideals he is.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity