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Talking Points Memo * TPMMuckraker * TPMDC * TPMtv * TPMCafe * [IMG] * Archive * [IMG] * RSS * * _____________________ [ Go ] [Hide] * Posts * Comments * Recommends << The people are PISSED ! | cmaukonen's Blog | US Economy Doomed by Giant mutant star goat. >> The Racist underwear of The Tea Party Movement. February 8, 2010, 3:43PM Along with it's classist shoes. Rich Benjamin goes into this part of the movement. The simmering movement is the whitest phenomenon on the national scene, evident not just in the millions of Caucasians committed to its cause, but in the bedrock beliefs stirring its anti-government contempt. How fitting, therefore, that Sarah Palin keynote the movement's first organized confab. Neglected in all the fevered conversation around the movement's meteoric rise, and Palin's selection, is any useful reflection on what the cause and this figurehead stand for: white racial resentment. Packed beneath her beehive is a spitfire brew of optimistic, yet aggrieved, whiteness. Palin embodies a bizarre, sometimes alluring, combination of triumph and complaint that many Caucasian Tea Partiers identify with through and through. Deciphering the racial codes on the movement's ubiquitous placards does not require a doctorate in semiotics. One popular sign shows the president's face and a caption: "Undocumented worker." Another combines Obama's image with this caption: "The Zoo Has an African Lion and the White House Has a Lyin' African!" Aside from the festive, ad hominem attacks against President Obama, the Tea Party's leaders and its rank-and-file rarely mention race in debate, instead tucking it just under the surface of "nonracial" issues like health care reform, public spending, immigration, and pointedly, taxes. Now here is the whole nitty gritty. The bar-stool version of the Tea Party canard goes like this: Why should we, self-sufficient small-town whites, pay taxes to support all those welfare queens, food stamp cheats and Medicaid layabouts in the big cities and coastal states? The media's version, parroted by Palin and other Fox talking heads, commiserates with Americans in the heartland, christened "the average taxpayer," for unjustly having to subsidize ethnic enclaves that mooch off the national treasury. Well, not so fast. A disproportionately high share of our federal government's tax income comes from racially diverse, immigrant-rich, urbanized states, including California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts; not from extremely homogeneous, conservative, anti-tax strongholds like Idaho, Montana, Utah, the Dakotas and Wyoming. All of this is not to say that any given rank-and-file member of the movement personally despises racial minorities. Rather, the Tea Party ethos is a direct descendant of the anti-tax segregationist politics that swept the South in the 1950s and '60s. Before the Tea Party's debut, a whole generation of powerful southern Republicans propelled their careers through a conservative tax-cutting, privatizing, "free-enterprise" politics that remains wildly popular in America's white outer suburbs and exurbs: Lee Atwater (GA), Newt Gingrich (GA), Dick Armey (GA), Tom DeLay (TX), Karl Rove (AL, TX), and George W. Bush. These suburban and exurban Republicans intimately understood their constituents' disdain for court-ordered desegregation. They fueled the rising mania for "individual freedom," "privatization," "states' rights" and social homogeneity that once defined their Southern home turf and now defines the Tea Party. This is the main reason for the movement and why vouchers and privatization is so popular. These people will do anything to keep their own bigoted, racist and classist life styles...even using their own money to pay for their kids education and paying outrageous insurance rates rather than to see their money used for those who they cannot stand. And this is the one over riding reason why they will vote for those who progressives see as against these peoples interests. To them the republicans are for their interests....to keep their white education white and keep their white money going only to whites and out of the hands of Blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. C * * [IMG] * [IMG] * [IMG] * [IMG] PERMALINK | COMMENTS (22) | RECOMMEND RECOMMEND (13) Advertisement 22 Comments | Leave a comment user-pic Maybe it's time to revisit that whole secession thing. Give them a few of our more third-world-like states (Texas, I'm looking at you) and let them run their tax-free "libertarian" paradise. And then pass some immigration laws with real bite to them. Posted by The Old Grouch February 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Don't be surprised but it may come to that. C Posted by cmaukonen in reply to a comment from The Old Grouch February 8, 2010 5:22 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Then I'm in favor of not allowing the door to hit them in their collective arses on the way out. Posted by The Old Grouch in reply to a comment from cmaukonen February 8, 2010 5:41 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic {Begin extreme cynicism} I have said it before and I'll say it again and again, you want "progressive" legislation passed...health care reform, better medicare, social security ? Easy....just write "Whites only" on it and no problem. The easiest way to do that is to give the states all kinds of "race based" wiggle room. It'll pass both houses no problem..even over ride a presidential veto. I'll also bet that the SCOTUS will uphold it with one snappy 5-4 decision after another. {Extreme cynicism off} C Posted by cmaukonen February 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic I think every time these "tea party loonies" mouth off they create more support for the progressive cause - so let the 600 at that "mammoth" convention rant. Posted by tlees2 February 8, 2010 8:56 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Absolutely. It is a sick thing that 600 extremists get so much attention. Sick. Posted by Bwakfat in reply to a comment from tlees2 February 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic It took less than that to bring Hitler and Mussolini to power. It's not the ones who rally around the extremists that matter as much as those who either do not believe it or just don't care. C Posted by cmaukonen in reply to a comment from Bwakfat February 8, 2010 9:46 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing Posted by Bwakfat in reply to a comment from cmaukonen February 8, 2010 9:57 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Very, very true. C Posted by cmaukonen in reply to a comment from Bwakfat February 8, 2010 10:00 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic ... but I think for every loony there are 10 non-loonies who are willing to stand up to these nutcases. Posted by tlees2 in reply to a comment from cmaukonen February 8, 2010 11:14 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Hmmm.... since the typo-patrol seems quiet, I guess I'll have to gently remind you that it's "underwear". Unless you go commando. Then it's "underwhere?" Posted by clearthinker February 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Ya got that right Posted by dickday February 8, 2010 9:50 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic "Why should we, self-sufficient small-town whites, pay taxes to support all those welfare queens, food stamp cheats and Medicaid layabouts in the big cities" Many of these small towns have more than their fair share of 'welfare queens' and kings. They are milking every federal, state and charity program they can, food stamps, child support, medicaid, medicare, food banks or free medical clinics. Those with jobs or businesses don't have the time to get into teaparty movements, and are often glad there is some gov't support for those locals they must lay off due to the recession. Its the unemployed unlicensed buffoons like Joe the Plumber that form the core of the Tea Partiers. Posted by NobleCommentDecider February 8, 2010 10:46 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic That nails it: trailer park welfare queens (and kings). Posted by JNagarya in reply to a comment from NobleCommentDecider February 9, 2010 3:45 AM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic King of Welfare Queens...humm sounds like a good name for a sitcom. Think I'll give FOX a call. They might be interested. C Posted by cmaukonen in reply to a comment from JNagarya February 9, 2010 10:05 AM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic The height of hypocrisy occurred when it was discovered that Joe-the-Plumber had collected government unemployment insurance. Twice. Posted by new10 in reply to a comment from NobleCommentDecider February 9, 2010 10:35 AM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Why is that hypocrisy? He paid into the fund, he collected from it. You think he should simply pay into it and refuse to use it? Posted by theCleverBulldog in reply to a comment from new10 February 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Best substitute that graduation cap for a dunce cap if you need me to explain why to you why J.T.P. is a colossal hypocrite. On second thought, I actually know that you are intelligent enough to be purposely obtuse in your question. Resorting to sophistry, Dog? Pity. Oh, and please spare me your usual retort of, "but you've ignored my question", or some other such circularly argumentative nonsense. Posted by new10 in reply to a comment from theCleverBulldog February 9, 2010 8:31 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic And owed bax taxes. Posted by JNagarya in reply to a comment from new10 February 9, 2010 8:59 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic By the time the tea-party convention got underway, it had 600 attending. Groups and individuals had jumped ship by the dozens if not hundreds, rightfully suspicious the event was being co-opted by deep pockets, by the same elements that had flushed the country down the drain in the first place. In its primal state, the movement has become an umbrella to all sorts of groups and beliefs, some far-sighted and sincere, some cynical and mercenary, some freakish and profane. The tea-party movement is the most visible, roiling manifestation of mom-and-pop America's anger and frustration with government by checkbook, of rule by detached, negligent elites pouring contempt on them. These angry citizens know they have no organized alternative, since the establishment Left takes every opportunity to ridicule and demonize them as well. Now we have Rich Benjamin leveling the worst possible charge (in the rarified world of our salon progressives): "The simmering movement is the whitest phenomenon on the national scene..." Gasp! Horrors! It's HONKEY. Benjamin has confirmed again what the rest of us have long known: The Left is utterly irrelevant. If the Rich Benjamins have their way, nothing will change. That's probably the intention. Posted by San Fernando Curt February 9, 2010 10:33 AM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic I thought Dubya & Co. was the 'whitest phenomena on the national scene'. He had his way and he changed things. Posted by NobleCommentDecider in reply to a comment from San Fernando Curt February 9, 2010 11:08 AM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] user-pic Maybe Rich Benjamin is on to something. This a report from Al Jazeera Posted by 1849 February 9, 2010 1:58 PM | Reply | Permalink [ Report Abuse ] Leave a comment Name _______________________________ Email Address _______________________________ URL _______________________________ [ ] Remember personal info? 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