06 October 2010

Those teabags are full of the same old stuff

New survey data further debunk the already-threadbare claim that the Tea Party movement represents a purely secular strain of conservatism focused only on size-of-government issues and not sharing the theocratic totalitarian mentality of the Christian Right. In fact there is a huge overlap between teabaggerdom and the Christian Right, with the former being, at best, made up largely of that sub-set of the latter which is somewhat less enthused about using government power to enforce religious prejudices and taboos (half of all teabaggers consider themselves to be also part of the Christian Right, while 20% of "white evangelicals" consider themselves teabaggers).

It's an error to think of the Tea Party and the Christian Right as separate and distinct from each other. Most of the high-profile teabagger-backed candidates on the national stage -- Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Ken Buck -- are religious extremists who do favor use of government power to impose, for example, the religious taboo against abortion on all citizens.

The right-vs.-left divide in the US is fundamentally a divide between theocratic and secular tendencies, and the practical effect of the tea Party's influence has been to even further strengthen the theocratic dominance within the right.

11 Comments:

Blogger One Fly said...

YES!!

Now the repugs are trying to distance themselves from the baggers and our side is never smart enough to understand the smokescreens when they appear.

The repug party is the teabaggers simply because there is hardly a one of them that will vote for a dim no matter how fucking nuts the candidate on the right is.

06 October, 2010 05:36  
Blogger tnlib said...

And since church memberships are dropping every year, that should indicate our country is becoming more secular - I hope, I hope.

06 October, 2010 06:18  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

That's not tea they're offering us - it's pee. As such, it's totally unpalatable and should be flushed away altogether.

06 October, 2010 07:30  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

The Tea Bag pheonomenum is regional and overwhelming older, whiter, and more religious than the average American population.

They've been given much more publicity and importance than they deserve.

Look at who they favor as leaders:

Christine O'Donnell? There isn't a more radical, uneducated weirdo out there than she is, and Tea Baggers support this anti-science and pro-witch numbnuts.

However, I give the Righties credit for expressing--even uniontentionally, what the difference is between Democrats Republicans.

Eric Cantor speaking to a Wall Street Journal reporter:

"Mr. Cantor believes the American-Jewish community is overwhelmingly Democratic because Jews 'are prone to want to help the underdog.'"

06 October, 2010 08:11  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

The Tea Party, heh? ... Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh ... and this is what some folk's think of as an "alternative" political party .... imagine that! :)

Some folk's are so goddamn stupid, you could sell them bagged dog shit and they would buy it, if the packaging looked attrative, and that's exactly what some of us support. :)

06 October, 2010 10:12  
Blogger Sue said...

teabaggers=religious fanatics....YOU BETCHA they are! Any group who would dare to put Christine O'Donnell in a Senate seat just because of their hate for liberals and Obama, care not a bit about our country!

06 October, 2010 11:26  
Anonymous Tim said...

I never thought the fundies and tea scrotum's were any different. Give em all a three cornered hat and call it macaroni. I just wish we could give them a state and say good luck and adios.

06 October, 2010 12:25  
Blogger Ahab said...

Bullseye. The Religious Right has been wooing the Tea Party for some time, and many Tea Partiers certainly embrace Religious Right ideology.

06 October, 2010 19:01  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

1F: Yes indeed. Teabaggerdom is the Republican base, really -- just in a new form. It's pretty absurd to imagine them voting for a Democrat.

TNLib: Oh, it is becoming more secular. But as the fundie camp shrinks, it becomes more radical and noisy -- because that's the kind of people that stays with a shrinking movement, when more moderate people lose interest or give up.

JJ: Peebaggers? Might be. Actually, since I like tea, I've often wished they'd chosen something else to symbolize themselves.

SK: The irony is that so many older people owe their independence and their very lives to medical science, and to socialist programs like Medicare and Social Security. Before we had those things, the average person didn't even live to my age (50).

RC: It never was plausible as an "alternative". I think sometimes the media just want something new to talk about, and if they can't find anything, they'll take the same-old-same-old and pretend it's new.

Sue: Any group which would try to put O'Donnell in a Senate seat must care very little even for the general public's perception of their own sanity.

Tim: Their own state? I understand Antarctica is still free.....

Ahab: It seems to be largely the same people, just wearing a three-cornered hat instead of carrying a God Hates Fags sign.

06 October, 2010 20:56  
Blogger B.J. said...

Read the post and comments and can’t contribute much more except to say, let's hope these ignorant fanatics don't get their own state on Nov. 2.

I am anxious to get your views on the Supreme Court free speech v. privacy dilemma. It’s a toughie. I’m listening to Irving Stone’s “Clarence Darrow for the Defense: A Biography,” and Darrow asserted that no group, no matter how despicable, should be deprived of the right of free speech. On the other hand, protesting at a graveside service, IMO, is tantamount to “yelling fire in a crowded theater.” Will look for your thoughts.

BJ

09 October, 2010 01:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

BJ: On the issue of freedom of expression in cases where that expression is grossly offensive and provocative, I pretty much had my say at this link.

09 October, 2010 04:16  

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