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Bronner writes: "There is hardly a policy proposal forwarded by the GOP that does not disadvantage people of color, women, and working people - and, worse, there is hardly a single major Republican politician willing to publicly challenge the rhetoric or the proposals of the far right and the Tea Party. The mainstream has justified the extreme."

Mrs. Ohio poses with Tea Party devotees dressed as Ben Franklin and Uncle Sam, 09/03/2011. (photo Tom Mahl)
Mrs. Ohio poses with Tea Party devotees dressed as Ben Franklin and Uncle Sam, 09/03/2011. (photo Tom Mahl)



At Home With the Bigot

By Stephen Eric Bronner, Reader Supported News

14 February 12

Reader Supported News | Perspective


epublicans and their conservative allies insist that racism is a thing of the past. But their party still serves as the bastion of anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-black, and anti-feminist activism. Not since the Great Depression has its lower-middle class base experienced such disorientation and disruption. President George W. Bush left them with two failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the bursting of the sub-prime housing bubble and the crashing of the derivates market in 2007. And then, on top of it, came the electoral defeat in 2008 that produced the first black president of the United States. Military miscalculation abroad, economic collapse at home, and burning political humiliation fueled the stubborn radicalism and small-minded resentment of what would become the Tea Party. Coming from non-urban areas mostly in the South and the Mid-West, but also from white immigrant enclaves in some big cities, its members have their own forms of moral cognition. They have little use for globalization, the welfare state, new social movements or the "adversary culture" inherited from the 1960s. Wearing revolutionary garb and tricorn hats, disrupting town meetings devoted to healthcare and other social issues, bullying progressive congressional representatives and holding rallies of their own, they constitute a new generation of reactionary activists calling for "revolution" - though, naturally, only one that will protect their privileges and interests.

The Tea Party meshes libertarian capitalists preaching the gospel of the free market and reactionary populists intent upon rehabilitating "family values," rehabilitating religion, and a parochial vision of community. Over the last century, for the most part, these trends were diametrically at odds with one another: Libertarians had little use for rabble-rousing bigots, religious fanatics or the like, while populists hated big business, open markets, and the scientific culture of modernity. Ronald Reagan initially brought these contradictory trends together. He blended the anti-union and de-regulating interests of elites committed to the classical principles of the free market with the cultural conservatism and hyper-nationalism of the old "moral" majority and burgeoning religious movements. George W. Bush built on that coalition. But there was new urgency for an organizational alliance between liberations and populists following the economic collapse of 2008 and subsequent presidential victory of Barack Obama. Fears of dramatic state intervention into the economy blended with horror over the symbolic implications of having a black president for the image of community associated with old television shows like Father Knows Best, Leave It to Beaver, and Happy Days. Out of this alliance and these anxieties, indeed, the Tea Party was born in 2009.

The GOP was quick to recognize its importance. Seasoned operatives of the Republican Party were soon offering their advice and leadership. They originally thought the Tea Party might be manipulated. But the opposite took place: the tail wound up wagging the dog. There is an old saying: styles make fights. The new rhetoric was supplied by Fox News and a score of feral media demagogues, among whom Glenn Beck and Michael Savage were merely the most venal. Evangelicals and far-right groups associated with them and others like them, and the Tea Party routinely began referring to President Obama as the Anti-Christ and as an Imam. The bigot applauded. Advertisements compared him and his family to chimpanzees, portrayed the White House with rows of watermelons on the lawn, and implied that the president is a crack addict. But the problem apparently was not the bigot's friends who supposedly hate blacks: it was rather Obama who clearly hates whites. The new president was seen as the advocate of the (black) welfare cheat, the (Latino) immigrant, the anti-Christian (Arab) terrorist, the supposedly overpaid (lazy and shiftless) union worker, and anti-family (feminist and gay) forces. The Tea Party channeled the bigot's prejudices. It would become easy for him to identify with the (white) business elite whose (seemingly color-blind) policies attacking the bureaucratic welfare state appeared intent upon recreating a patriarchal world of white privilege.

Lingering economic recession, fear of radical social and economic reform, and fanatical mobilization (coupled with disillusionment of those expecting yet more radical changes by the new regime) brought about the sweeping victory of the far right in the Congressional elections of 2010. Now it was the Republicans' turn to applaud. The Tea Party was not simply nuts. Challenging the seemingly sacrosanct image of FDR and the New Deal, whatever its racist and intolerant elements, the Tea Party had become the agent of what might be termed capitalist fundamentalism. This meant highlighting the "invisible hand" of the market and the individual (not the accumulation process and class) as the units of social analysis. The state budget could now be equated with a household budget and everyone would now echo the mantra of Margaret Thatcher: "There is no society, there are only individuals." The welfare state would now be condemned (once again) not merely as wasteful - but immoral. Hard work brings rewards. Individuals are responsible for themselves, not others. Lack of ambition and foresight by individuals are the causes of unemployment and poverty. No free rides! Evangelicals know the "truth": no abortions, no condoms, and no gay marriage - women back to the kitchen and gays to the closet.

With the increasing influence of the Tea Party upon the Republican Party, indeed, the once modest home afforded the bigot turned into a mansion. Rooms would prove available especially for someone who is neither white nor male and who seemingly represents the less privileged. Women like former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin or Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) reaffirm the house-wife or the "soccer mom" in the face of an economy in which the single breadwinner has become an anachronism. A gay couple (two male earners) is trotted out occasionally to congratulate the Tea Party for its libertarian values. There is the Latino Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla), who is apparently terrified by the immigrant mob threatening to invade from South of the border. The bigot has also made friends with an African-American or two. Hermann Cain received his applause for insisting that Blacks were "brain-washed" into supporting the Democratic Party, thereby confirming the bigot's old belief that they are too stupid to favor egalitarian and redistributive policies on their own. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas champions tough love while his (white) wife champions the Tea Party. Then there is Congressman Allen West (R-Fla), whose idea of tolerance is to tell liberals "to get the hell out of the United States" and then identify the Democratic Party with the Nazi propaganda machine. This cast of characters, it should be noted, is not simply useful for propagandizing the undecided: it also reinforces the bigot's idea of what makes a real person of color or a real woman. These political figures validate the benevolent image of a bygone America in which taxes were low, government was small, women were in the kitchen, and the only important color was white.

The clock has already been turned back. A study released on October 29, 2011, by the Bertelsmann Stiftung showed that the United States has plummeted into the bottom five among the thirty nations comprising the industrial world in "Overall Social Justice Rating," "Overall Poverty Prevention Rating," Overall Poverty Rate," "Child Poverty," and "Income Inequality." Libertarian economic policies championed by the Tea Party endanger democratic deliberation, diversity, and cosmopolitan ideals. New socio-economic burdens and constraints also threaten disadvantaged groups. People of color will disproportionately suffer from a flat tax as well as other regressive attempts to shrink the tax base and, subsequently, bankrupt the welfare state. African-Americans and Latinos will be disproportionately impacted by attempts to demand photo-ID, literacy tests, and the like in order to vote. Redistricting and racist zoning regulations are recreating segregation while the uncurbed use of private money in election campaigns is disenfranchising the working people and the poor. Privatizing the prison system has sharply increased incarceration, especially among minority groups: people of color constitute 70% of inmates, nationally, and one in three African-American males is currently either awaiting trial, in jail, or on parole. Since convicts cannot vote, hundred of thousands of primarily African-Americans and people of color are currently being disenfranchised by what has been called the "new Jim Crow."

There is hardly a policy proposal forwarded by the GOP that does not disadvantage people of color, women, and working people - and, worse, there is hardly a single major Republican politician willing to publicly challenge the rhetoric or the proposals of the far right and the Tea Party. The mainstream has justified the extreme. All candidates for the Republican presidential nomination of 2012 seem to worry about a "disappearing white majority" as they take turns in attacking the Civil Rights Act of 1964, "food stamp presidents," and critics of religious dogmatism (as well as the Crusades). White supremacists of varying shades try to recruit and mix with luminaries of the Republican Party at conferences like that hosted by the American Conservative Union. Fragments of half-baked conspiracy theories float around in the minds of many grassroots activists in the Tea Party. Obama may look like he is in charge but (especially since he is black) the more paranoid insist that he is being controlled by more powerful interests and organizations like the Bilderberg banking group, the Trilateral Commission, Freemasons, Islamic terrorists, or Jews - or all of them working in concert. Conspiracy theory is common currency in the Tea Party and, again, there is hardly a single Republican willing to condemn it. Such talk makes no sense and thus frustration grows, resentment increases, and rage intensifies. It is taken out not merely on African-Americans but on other outsiders as well: gays, immigrants, Arabs, and Jews. Bigotry has become a commonplace of political life in the United States. The jargon of prejudice, sometimes veiled and sometimes not, is now so prevalent that most people simply shrug their shoulders. And the Tea Party has been in the vanguard. The influence of their words on action may be indirect: but it is, nonetheless, palpable.

Everyday violence (that mostly goes unreported) against homosexuals, immigrants, and minorities is simply a routine fact of American life. Doctors performing abortions outside the larger cities do so at their own risk. The virtual obsession of the Tea Party with the right to own firearms (including AK-47s) does not merely express a desire to hunt ducks. Mainstream politicians of the Republican Party again fall into line. Sure: explicit calls for the use of violence come only from the margins. Just as the conservative mainstream has helped legitimate the Tea Party, however, the Tea Party is giving new hope to fanatics who stand even further on the right. The Republican Party has lacked the courage to take on the bigots in its own ranks - and its toleration of the Tea Party validates precisely what its ideologues wish to deny: racism is alive and well in the United States. And, all the while, the bigot is smiling. The approving winks that he gets are evident everywhere. What one reaps is what one sows. The prejudices of times past have not disappeared. One just needs to know where to look. Talk about the "end of racism" has become a bad joke. Conservative politics attests to its continuation. The Tea Party will probably find itself in the trashcan of history once Republicans suffer some serious electoral defeats. But its mass base will undoubtedly survive and take new organizational forms as it always has in the past - from the "Know-Nothings" to the KKK to McCarthy to the "Silent Majority" and the "Moral Majority" and God knows what other fringe groups. For the foreseeable future, however, the bigot has no need to worry. With the Republican Party, indeed, he has once again found himself a happy home.


Stephen Eric Bronner is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights: Rutgers University. The Senior Editor of Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, he is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Bigot for Yale University Press.

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+97 # universlman 2012-02-14 17:09
the GOP's attempted murder/ suicide is almost over

they are remorseless for their brutal and clumsy military overreaction in Iraq, their illogical attacks on even studying climate change and their relentless attempts to wreck the struggling recovery and blaming their inaction on a President they insult openly

watching the GOP and their super pacs overplay their weak hand in the upcoming election will be little compensation for having to clean up their messes, but it will be the only compensation we are likely to get
 
 
+17 # Lolanne 2012-02-15 10:37
Quoting universlman:
the GOP's attempted murder/ suicide is almost over
...


Oh how I hope you're right, universlman! That's the hope I cling to but it doesn't quite allay my fear that the repigs will once again find a way to steal the White House. Given their current campaign to disenfranchise those who usually vote Democratic, the apparently entrenched electronic voting machines that can easily be manipulated to change outcomes, and all the dirty, underhanded tricks they have in their filthy bag, I feel real fear for the coming year.
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-02-15 17:24
But who is willing to clean up their messes?
 
 
+38 # wwway 2012-02-14 23:21
Couldn't of said this as eloquently as Bronner.
 
 
+30 # mhog jones 2012-02-15 00:31
Anglo-christian PTSD culture is now doing to itself what it did to the indigenous cultures of the Americas and the rest of the world: eating its young! Finding our way out of the labyrinth of lies is painful, so long have we slumbered; we protest at the first rays of piercing light as the dungeon doors are thrown open. We've grown to love the senselessness and disorientation of our parasitic vampires' bloodletting!
 
 
+3 # John Gill 2012-02-15 05:18
mhog, that is some flashy word-smithing, reminds me of an old clash song they recorded on combat rock with ginsberg reciting stuff in the background, but I don't really get what you are talking about. Anglo-christian PTSD culture ate the young of the rest of the world? We've grown to love the senselessness and disorientation of our parasitic vampires' bloodletting? Please explain. Thanks
 
 
+39 # angelfish 2012-02-15 01:27
This is so sad and so true. I have been asking myself, WHAT has happened to NORMAL RePublicans, for a long, LONG time? Are they so frightened and cowed by the current "leadership" in their Party that they have just given up? I'm amazed that it has gotten this bad. Unable to learn from History, it is being repeated as I write, and I NEVER thought I'd live to see the rise of Fascism and Naziism again in my lifetime, but as this article so eloquently states, they are, once again, on the march. Be vigilant, Dear Citizens, don't let them erode our Government from within like the hideous Cancer that they are! We KNOW who they are and can excise them in November! The People UNITED, will NEVER be defeated! Vote the Fascists and Nazis OUT!
 
 
-7 # Martintfre 2012-02-15 19:49
//Vote the Fascists and Nazis OUT!//

agreed - and the Fascists and Nazi are both big brother big government big corporate cheer leaders - like our current administration. .. and the previous one .. and the previous one .. and the previous one .. strange, but truth be told we did not actually get into 15 trillion debt over night.
 
 
+29 # ABen 2012-02-15 03:16
It appears that the Current GOP has been taken over by the 'dumb-like-me' voter. I agree with 'universlman', the mess we are left with is enormous, and it will cost us dearly to clean it up--just ask the people of Wis. However, I am certain that the majority of Americans do not choose to live in a racist, anti-intellectu al, chauvinistic plutocracy, and will indicate such in the next election.
 
 
+25 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-15 06:12
A painfully eloquent expression that chronicles progressives' frustration and dismay at the blinders worn by their brothers and sisters.
 
 
-66 # Martintfre 2012-02-15 07:00
The worse bigots I see are the born again liberals who hate anyone who is not for propping up their special interest groups.

WTF happened to a just government one that respects the rights of ALL people equally and grants special favor to none?
 
 
+36 # mebemo 2012-02-15 08:41
What is a "born again liberal" and what special interest groups are you referring to?

Please, Martin, PLEASE, try to avoid FoxNews cliches and express your thoughts clearly. Then it will be possible to have a conversation (if that's what you want).

When did we ever have a "just government that respects the rights of ALL people equally and grants special favor to none?" Not within my six decades of living.
 
 
-4 # Martintfre 2012-02-15 19:44
//When did we ever have a "just government that respects the rights of ALL people equally and grants special favor to none?" Not within my six decades of living.//

So don't even try?

read the Bill of Rights - does any other concept make sense?
 
 
+7 # tomrunr 2012-02-15 10:38
WTF is right. "The worse bigots I see are the born again liberals who hate anyone who is not for propping up their special interest groups."

Could you give an example, please?
 
 
-17 # Martintfre 2012-02-15 19:38
Examples? If you don't grant special favor to gays - you must be anti-gay, If you don't grant special favor to blacks - you must be anti-black, If you don't grant special favor to unions your anti union, If you don't support Obama your a racist... the list is long and fraudulent and peddled by hate mongers who habitually operate under divide and conquer.

Forget the collectivist group think -- it is crap.
People should be judged by the content of their individual character not some grouping that they have no control over such as their race or age or sex.

Your rights don't come from the (or denied because of) the fact that your Black, or White, or Asian, or Chinese, or christian or atheist or Muslim or what ever .. they are inherent in the fact that you are an individual human.
 
 
+6 # angelfish 2012-02-16 11:21
Quoting Martintfre:
Examples?
Forget the collectivist group think -- it is crap.
People should be judged by the content of their individual character not some grouping that they have no control over such as their race or age or sex.

Your rights don't come from the (or denied because of) the fact that your Black, or White, or Asian, or Chinese, or christian or atheist or Muslim or what ever .. they are inherent in the fact that you are an individual human.

WHAT special favors are you referring to? WHO has gotten special favor because of their race, gender or religious affiliation? The ONLY ones I see getting "special favors" these days are the Mega-Wealthy who have BOUGHT our Congress and our SCOTUS who make Law to favor THEM NOT the average poor working, or nowadays UN-employed, American! Very few of us are judged by the "content of our character". If ONLY Martin's words were taken to heart by the ReTHUGs. They are SO enmeshed with their OWN agenda, they don't care if the Country falls off the cliff as long as THEY get what THEY want! PUHLEEEEEZE! Don't preach Martin's sermons to the rest of us, we've been singing in the choir FOREVER but you DON't, or WON't listen!
 
 
-9 # Martintfre 2012-02-16 14:55
What are quota systems? so there are no discrimination suits? What planet are you on???

What grants union workers superior right to a job over non union?



I was denied a job because I was not black or at least asian -- that is what the head of the cultural awareness group said about my job app -- I was a contractor for several years in the position and they were looking for full time - so I was qualified by ability, but not by 'diversity'. So much for judging by the content of their character - they were looking for the color of the skin...now the company like so many others is bankrupt and gone -- might of actually done me a favor.
 
 
+3 # angelfish 2012-02-16 16:44
What "Cultural Awareness Group? How would THEY know why you weren't hired? Maybe you weren't hired because you were unqualified for some reason other than racial or...maybe the people hiring were ReTHUGlicans!
 
 
+20 # angelfish 2012-02-15 13:03
Quoting Martintfre:
The worse bigots I see are the born again liberals who hate anyone who is not for propping up their special interest groups.

WTF happened to a just government one that respects the rights of ALL people equally and grants special favor to none?

Yes, Martinfre, why don't you ask Reagan or GHW Bush or dubya, or newt, or Cantor or Ryan or Santorum, or Graham or DeMint or McConnell and the REST of the Nazi/Fascists who CURRENTLY fill our House? What HAS happened to a "just government that respects the rights of ALL people equally and grants special favors to none"? THEY have been flushing it down the Crapper for over Forty (40) years, THAT'S what's happened!
 
 
+1 # Martintfre 2012-02-16 15:00
so tell me this
is It or
is it not
just as racist for any one who voted for Barack because he is black
as it is for any one who voted against him because he is black.

I find both as clear examples of racist thinking.
 
 
+3 # angelfish 2012-02-16 15:32
Quoting Martintfre:
so tell me this
is It or
is it not
just as racist for any one who voted for Barack because he is black
as it is for any one who voted against him because he is black.

I find both as clear examples of racist thinking.

ANY Fool who votes for someone based on skin color is a Cretin.
 
 
+18 # David Starr 2012-02-15 14:15
Martinnotsofree,
Doing the Orwellian twist again? Black is white = white is black? The U.S. founders sure had thier special interests, i.e., a white quota system based on race, class, gender & property ownership: The establishment of a free nation w/ some more freer than others, or not at all. And democracy wasn't really on the agenda, although empire was. "WTF happened to a just gov that respects the rights of ALL people equally & grants special favor to none?" It wasn't literally an "American" tradition to begin with; but you've deluded yourself w/ the illusion of equality based on that quota system. It took susequent generations, mainly of the 99%, to struggle/fight for a more accurate reflection of equal rights. I see bigotry too, class bigotry, w/ you supporting the 1% & its special favors reflecting that quota system, or the Gilded Age; But not ALL people. With that, you should take up the Orwellian slogan, "Freedom = Slavery."
 
 
-4 # Martintfre 2012-02-16 15:03
David I gave simple criteria of what qualifies as just government - one that respects the rights of all people equally and grants special favor to none.


All the stuff that you conjured up -- does it fit or violate my definition ?
That is the question you need to ask.
 
 
+2 # David Starr 2012-02-17 12:51
Martinfre,
First, what I "conjured up" wasn't the product of sorcery, it was fact based on information already known. Second, your statement of "just gov." either distortedly fits w/ your illusion of it based on that quota system or Gilded Age myths, or violates it by the same criteria if you're alluding to a literal, utopian-like just gov. But given your past posts, I think it's the former, given that 19th century mentality.
 
 
+7 # Sophie 2012-02-15 16:42
You have no conception of what the word, "bigot," means. Try actually reading the article, however difficult that may be.
 
 
+6 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-15 16:43
As citizens of OUR government, you and I do have the same enumerated rights (reference the Constitution, Amendments and laws of the United States of America). As people, we are both 'respected' similarly. As far as "just" goes, my suspicion is that if you're describing 'justice' ... I believe the quality of justice varies with its price, but if you have the money or the influence, you have an equal chance to buy it. If you feel you are missing out on having equal or equivalent rights (or consideration), maybe you should be specific. You do sound frustrated.
 
 
+21 # lcarrier 2012-02-15 07:39
One hopes that the OWS movement is as successful in wagging the dog of the somnolent Democratic Party, awakening it from its servile collusion with the corporate behemoth.
 
 
-7 # bugbuster 2012-02-15 11:28
With friends like you, the Democratic party doesn't need enemies. Many Dem politicians are still reacting to the drubbing they took in the 1980s and after. Further, they need money to win elections because that is how the game is played. Anyone who doesn't play by today's rules gets wiped out. Do you want that?

True liberals, instead of dissing and blasting the game in town, should be trying to show some understanding and support.

The others, like you, I suspect of being right wing plants, trying to sow dissension among Democrats.
 
 
+10 # kyzipster 2012-02-16 08:19
You're in denial. Republicans support their party without question, without debate, that's why they're in such sad shape. Progressives may vote Democratic because it's the lesser of two evils but we push for much needed change. The Democrats in Congress today are like the Republicans of the 1980s.
 
 
+14 # tuandon 2012-02-15 07:56
This is spot on. This country has been cowed by a few loud-mouthed, red-necked morons, and the Republican Party is their cheerleader. It is up to us to not allow a total takeover of the US by the Koch Brothers and their minions. I often think about emigrating, but in the final analysis, realise that it is MY country, too, dammit, and I have a right to be heard. So to hell with the Right, let's get to work and push them back under the slimy rocks from which they came.
 
 
+21 # walt 2012-02-15 08:44
The GOP we are witnessing today is a far cry from the party of years ago. The Bushman took them (and the country) down the garden path and they seem unable to get out of it. And worse yet, they have swung even more to the right now.

I have never seen such a hate-filled, bigoted, self-righteous bunch of hypocrites in my life time. The only hope is the complete demise of the GOP.

It is still hard to believe that the party began as an anti-slavery group! When the GOP Tea Party held a massive rally and told members to bring guns, it was reminiscent of the KKK of old. How sad!
 
 
+19 # kyzipster 2012-02-15 09:05
The Tea Party, and the Republican base for that matter, is a minority that is given disproportionat e influence in the media. A media that enables the delusion that they represent half the country. The marriage of the Republican Party with this minority of hate mongering bigots will be its undoing. Republican economic ideology is opposed to working people and the middle class and they cannot survive in their current form without their toxic culture war that divides the nation. They have nothing left to offer voters after the failures of the Bush years. Campaigning on "tax cuts" and "deregulation" only brings laughter and what else do they have to offer? They really can't touch Medicare and SS, Bush proved that to be true. I believe we're witnessing the last desperate breaths of a conservative movement that's imploding from within and it ain't pretty. It's about time.
 
 
+17 # Larry 2012-02-15 09:32
There is still reason for hope. Remember, we are talking about a minority, albeit a very vocal, malignant one. Some of these racists and/or their parents were alive (and maybe participated) when the churches were bombed, blacks were lynched, George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door, and Bull Connor used police dogs and fire hoses on demonstrators. If we can survive two or three more generations of changing demographics and evolving attitudes, I believe a lot of this will die out. We have come far enough to at least elect a black president, something that was unthinkable 50 years ago.

The vile racial slurs hurled by America’s bigot class at Whitney Houston may actually have a positive effect. Many white people loved Whitney and her soaring anthems of hope and self-determinat ion, and they felt only sorrow and dismay as she battled drug addiction* and abuse by Bobby Brown. Just as the horrifying images of those fire hoses and dogs galvanized public opinion in favor of the demonstrators and turned the tide toward passage of the Civil Rights Act et al., these fetid epithets could turn disgusted independent voters away from the Republican Party. Democrats and the legitimate media should expose the comments of Fox News' viewers, and the station's role as a petri dish for hate speech: Here’s what this station and today's GOP are really about.
 
 
+21 # humanmancalvin 2012-02-15 10:12
Agreed with the gist of the article, but do not feel the author dove deep enough. To say that the republican pols tolerate the dog whistle racism and not state in undeniable terms: the republican pols do not simply tolerate, they openly encourage this immoral behavior. The "food stamp president" and the "fire inner city school custodians & replace with poor children" statements are out-front examples of racist speech.
There no longer exists any intelligent, middle of the road republican pols, every single one have painted themselves with the brush of far right extremism. Talk about their paranoid & unfounded views of Sharia law being implemented in this country, this group is as extreme or more extreme than this fear fantasy.
Help save America by never electing those that would destroy this country simply to become electable.
 
 
+15 # allie 2012-02-15 12:25
Exactly what has our Democratic Party done to quell the Tea Party and the extreme Right? Anybody? Anybody? The answer is ‘nothing’! I’ve always voted Democrat and will to the day I die, but when will those running and in office fight back? We piss and moan about the Republicans, and rightly so, but unless our party makes a stand, nothing will change. The meek do not inherit the earth.
 
 
+8 # daddyjim2 2012-02-15 16:54
I could not agree with you more.
 
 
+6 # ksec 2012-02-15 12:55
Whenever I see a guy with a three corner hat coming I run the other way.
 
 
+12 # Sophie 2012-02-15 16:36
Bronner-
"The GOP was quick to recognize its (Tea Party)importanc e. Seasoned operatives of the Republican Party were soon offering their advice and leadership. They originally thought the Tea Party might be manipulated. But the opposite took place: the tail wound up wagging the dog."

Where is the mention of the master manipulators of the teabaggers--the Koch brothers, etc.,?? This is by no means a "happy" accident for the GOP. FUX has promoted the teabaggers while simultaneously becoming the REPUG propaganda media outlet. The teabaggers were never a true grassroots organization. Simply an opportunity for the wingnuts to co-opt every bigoted asshole in this country post Obama's election as POTUS 2008. They have ratcheted up the rhetoric and the vitriol as much as possible--I'm not sure the majority of Americans are willing to tolerate the insanity in this election year. The Repugs have not been "wagged,"--they have been complicit in the entire teabagger fiasco from it's very inception. It just may come back to bite them in the ass.
 
 
-14 # Martintfre 2012-02-15 20:00
//"The GOP was quick to recognize its (Tea Party)importance.//

Yea when Bail out McCain Joined Idiot Bush and Idiot Nancy Pelosi (democrat majority in house) and Idiot Harry Reed (dem majority in senate) and idiot Barak Obama (future king) voting to give trillions to the bankers and screw the little people -- it was time to let the republicans die on the vine as they deserved.
 
 
+2 # David Starr 2012-02-16 15:25
Martinnotsofree,
While there is a glimmer of sanity in this comment, it doesn't reflect what you quoted re. the Tea Party. The TPs are a force strictly in the GOP; & as poster Sophie adds, the wealthy 1% Koch Bros. are their sugar daddy. There is no evidence of a TP-as well as Religous Right & Right Libertarianism- in the Dems. But when mentioning McCain, Bush, Pelosi (Everytime I hear or see her name I think of her infamous phrase, "Impeachment is off the table," despite whatever positives. This in the face of obvious Bush regime crimes.), Reid, Obama, etc. voting to give 7.7 trillion to bail out Wall Street/the banks (Don't forget Summers & Geithner who probably pushed for it more than Obama.), does it ever even occur to you that both "parties" are ideologically the same, i.e., two tendencies of one capitalist party? Both should die on the vine, except for Progressive Dems.

(I'm afraid your 19th century thinking may get in the way of a response.)
 
 
0 # daddyjim2 2012-02-15 16:54
I'm amazed to see that the general opinion here is that racism is a "republican" thing. The democrats have used racism for years to move their agenda. All of the items so correctly pointed out in the article are not necessarily the sole responsibility of the one party or the other. It is the collective responsibility of both parties because "WE THE PEOPLE" elected them to do our bidding. Politics in this country have gotten to be like politics world wide, not republican and democrat but Liberal and Conservative. Religion vs. everyone else. Radicalism vs. sanity. "WE THE PEOPLE" are not radicals and most of us are sane and anybody that says the majority believe the way this country is going is right is not in touch. I believe that our elected officials are WAY out of touch. I say we should start over and get rid of the lot of them. Just my opinion.
 
 
+8 # Bruce Gruber 2012-02-16 10:40
Undoubtedly racists are more than one issue folks. They can be found in ANY grouping of people. Republicans catch the bulk of accusations today in large part because of the switch after passage of the Civil Rights Act and associated laws under Lyndon Johnson. A multitude of 'Old South' Dixiecrats switched to the Republican Party, pandering to the resentments and hatreds they had initially fomented against Lincoln when the slaves were freed by proclamation and empowered by Amendments to the Constitution.

Divisionists like Karl Rove and FOX News have cleverly maintained and exacerbated these resentments and biases, supporting 'new' politicians, primarily in the Republican Party, who continue the tradition of pandering rather than leading. Current Democrats, in most cases, "use" or address racism as a negative societal attribute to be decried philosophically and fought legislatively. Both parties' agenda is election and accumulation of power and influence, so Democrats focus on racism as a negative could be argued as appealing to victims of racism; however Republicans/Con servatives appeal to "racists" as a countermeasure is not admitted - publicly, at least.
 

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