A deeply angry political polarization, driven by a band of zealots, burst wide open as the city awaited JFK.
Nope. The Tea Party had its seeds planted over a century before that…well before the Civil War’s lead-up brought the second major realignment of political parties (the first being the collapse of the Federalists following the War of 1812) ; The big businessmen and Birchers of the 50s and early 60s trace their ideological DNA not to JP Morgan or Jay Gould or Andrew Mellon, but way back to the patricians like, zounds, our hero Thomas Jefferson. There was a group of men who wanted a buffer of contented, ignorant yeoman farmers (the current Tea Party “rank and file”) around them and their agribusiness (often slave-based) and occasional timber, mining/smelting and land gobbling ventures. Across the buffer was this notion, (ironically for Jefferson, as he was a booster of the French Revolution, the Enlightenment, etc.) that there existed a class of urban British- or German-modeled collectivist-minded townies, artisans, ”mechanics”, traders, sea travelers and the bank/new industrial types (yet another kind irony) who would willfully destroy and supplant the former ideal.
Pretty much #teaparty morphology
Not only is what he said incorrect and highly ironic, it’s stupid. He was warned by Johns Hopkins—which supports the ACA—over the God hates gays stuff. He was warned by the Maryland State Medical Board. He has not learned his lesson— because of his massive ego, not his personal politics. These white wingnuts dangle a platform, fame, affirmation. I have seen him feed off of this for decades. What a malignant Tom.
African Americans are in awe of his medical talents. And sickened by his behavior. Don’t believe me? You may contact me.
"I would take Boehner drunk over Cruz sober," former 28-year GOP staffer-turned-author Mike Lofgren tells Salon
And ain’t going to another Civil War, another post Reconstruction nightmare. No, it ends here. I shan’t die again for the promise of more blood, real or figurative
—Dangerfield Newby’s ghost
This has never been about finance. It’s about rightwing politics.
House Republicans strike again…
These results clearly show that the rise of the Tea Party movement was a direct result of the growing racial and ideological polarization of the American electorate. The Tea Party drew its support very disproportionately from Republican identifiers who were white, conservative, and very upset about the presence of a black man in the White House—a black man whose supporters looked very different from themselves.
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University, in The Polarized Public?: Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional (Pearson, 2013). As quoted by Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books.
From New York Mag:
The Republican Party has spent 30 years careering ever more deeply into ideological extremism, but one of the novel developments of the Obama years is its embrace of procedural extremism. The Republican fringe has evolved from being politically shrewd proponents of radical policy changes to a gang of saboteurs who would rather stop government from functioning at all. In this sense, their historical precedents are not so much the Gingrich revolutionaries, or even their tea-party selves of a few years ago; the movement is more like the radical left of the sixties, had it occupied a position of power in Congress. And so the terms we traditionally use to scold bad Congresses—partisanship, obstruction, gridlock—don’t come close to describing this situation. The hard right’s extremism has bent back upon itself, leaving an inscrutable void of paranoia and formless rage and twisting the Republican Party into a band of anarchists.
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