They're not racist - and when they are, it's justified
Another name for the Tea Party might be ... the
right-wing Republican base (although they aren't as likely to be
evangelical Christians as other samples of conservative
Republicans). Somehow, these opponents of big government
spending never grabbed their protest signs when
the Bush bastards were spending down the Clinton budget surplus
and building a huge deficit. Somehow these anti-tax
populists are finally grabbing their party hats, and their guns,
because The Kenyan ... um, well, he actually
cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people, and tax rates are
at their lowest in 60 years, according to the
Brookings Institution. Go figure.
The modern Republican Party owes its two generations
of dominance to Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy.
(Ronald Reagan actually pioneered out a California
variation in his successful 1966 campaign for governor,
playing on fears engendered by the Watts riots
and rising anti-welfare animus). The Tea Party movement,
which has mostly been embraced by mainstream
Republican leaders who have no new ideas to improve the
economy or make our nation safer, is a return
to that tired old playbook. I don't think it can prevail again,
but it can make politics uglier in the meantime.
Conservatives of conscience would be better employed
coming up with new ideas for their party than
trying to defend the Tea Partiers' blinkered racial views.
What is it about money that makes those with some
hate those without?
A CBS poll says that 12 percent of Tea Party members
made more than $250,000 a year.
Less than 2 percent of Americans earn more than
$250,000 a year, according to Factcheck.org.
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