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Inside the conservative brain: Tea Partyers are afraid
Ow, that article is so poorly written it is painful to read. Content is not to great either. I couldn't figure out if it was a dissertation by the author or a 3rd graders report on what the guy with no capital letters in his name thought.
If I was able to decipher it well enough, apparently Tea Partiers are afraid of the other but do have some token Jews and Catholics but not enough to dilute their WASP singularity. They guy with no capital letters in his name is a "thinker on race and ethnicity" but apparently, not much of an observer. Otherwise, he wouldn't call Ted Cruz a WASP, or Marco Rubio, or Mia Love, or ....
Quick, who is the leading white, anglo-saxon, protestant leader of the Tea Party?
The author had the temerity to capitalize john a. powell's name TWICE in the 12th paragraph... I call Dog Whistle! Why does she hate so much!? And what the what is the UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society?
Oh, and Samuel Adams was a Congregationalist, not a Protestant... no?
"Inside the conservative brain: Tea Partyers are afraid"
The article is poorly written it was in effect a crime of passion by the author and written from a passion and hate that is ironic. What the left needs to do is demonize and dehumanize the tea party. This is no different then psyching up the base in WW II by calling the Japanese "Japs" or the old Democrat party calling the blacks in the South the N word. We will see more of this political assassination and no doubt some very real assassination by left wing nut cases. Many of us can remember the stick in the mud at the party when we were teens. You know the guy or gal who didn't want to drink the vodka or wanted to go home by 10 or didn't want to get into the backseat. Well, the tea party is the stick in the mud and they want the orgy of borrowing and spending to end. Obviously the Democrats don't; taxing borrowing and spending is in their DNA. The Rinos don't, they to have Democrat DNA but are cross dressed as Republicans. And a lot of very good and intelligent people don't want the party to end. Some because they know we are teetering on the precipice of economic collapse and they don't have any solutions other then keep doing wht we are doing. Others recognize that we are also teetering on the precipice of social collapse and are justifiably terrified of what will happen when there isn't enough money to pay the welfare crowd to sit at home quietly smoking pot. Sooner or later the music wil stop and everyone will be scrambling for an empty seat (or whatever will keep them safe until the game starts again). But it's coming, that's what the tea party is afraid of not a few catholics or jews or other minority groups. But until it all ends those on the left drunk on borrowed money and power must scare the low information voters to keep the party going. The name calling will continue until we all hate the tea party and there are no mugwumps left in congress.