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Charles Gray ought to re-examine his paradoxical argument concerning intellectualism. He seeks to discredit the opinions of “intellectuals” because they “have been proven to be wrong sometimes.” Simultaneously, he seeks to prove “there is a long intellectual history behind … the Tea Party.” So, which is it?

I am left wondering whether Gray believes his party should emulate or avoid intellectuals. The author’s most troubling conclusion is that “intellectuals” cannot be trusted since one particular scientific study has been proven wrong. I wonder if the author still sees a doctor even though leeches were once considered a remedy for illness.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “intellectual” as “chiefly guided by the intellect rather than by emotion or experience.” What guided Michele Bachmann when she spoke out against the life-saving human papillomavirus vaccine because a stranger on the street told her it gave her daughter mental retardation? Or Rick Perry, who supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage despite his desire for a limited federal government? These are questions that Tea Party leaders must address before the mainstream will begin to contemplate their title as intellectuals.

Gina Cotter
Wharton senior

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