A guest commentary by Phil Urry
Tea Party voters are nostalgic for a glittering American past that never was. These folks are characterized by authoritarian fundamentalism, neo-Confederate sympathies, aggressive ignorance, religiosity without morality, denial of science and empirical fact, and wealth worship. They are much like the hapless poor white southerners who willingly fought in the Civil War for the rights of the wealthy and powerful white southerners who exploited and oppressed them and enslaved their dark skinned brothers.
Tea Party voters support smaller government only when it suits their economic and political purposes. They are for big, jack-booted government when it comes to furthering their self-interested authoritarian goals.
Many who self-identify as Tea Partiers really believe the lies they tell themselves. All the rest, especially those who organize and fund “Tea Party” political action, believe that lying is justified in aid of imposing authoritarian ideology by law.
The Tea Party is primarily a re-fried version of anti-American political movements in American history, including the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s, the Slaveholder Rebellion of 1861-1865 (aka the US Civil War), and the Segregation Forever movement of the 1960s.
The Tea Party is a temporary gastrointestinal bubble in the American body politic, creating societal pain and governmental constipation, yet destined to break in the wind of history. Keep pressing forward, and hold your nose.
Alternative handles for the Tea Party: Hate Brigade; Rube Revolution; Revolutionary War Re-enactment Society;
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Tea Party Video espousing their "Tea Party Values" below.