Living in Texas, whenever I hear someone say “racism isn’t that big of an issue anymore,” I just have to laugh. Is it better than it was decades ago? Of course it is. But for someone to really believe that racism is no longer an issue in today’s society—well they’re simply naive, ignorant or both.
I wrote a piece a while back outlining what is referred to as the “Southern Strategy.” Essentially, it was a movement in 50’s and 60’s where Republicans identified that African Americans were often voting for Democrats. They used this as a “negative” and sought out to make white people aware of it with the hope that racism within many whites would drive them toward the party African Americans weren’t voting for—the Republican party.
Basically, “Hey look, black people are voting for Democrats and you white people don’t want to do what black people do now do you? So vote Republican!”
It was a clear strategy that targeted racism and officially moved Republicans away from the party of Lincoln to the party which not only embraced racism—it sought it out.
Since the emergence of the tea party a few years ago, a growing portion of the Republican party has delved into the irrational and embraced some of the more radical parts of the conservative movement.
Here’s a quick run down of just a couple of key bullet points supported by most tea party Republicans:
- Conservatism, the irreplaceable hub of our Nation, our Christian Faith, and the highest standards of western culture and technology.
- America First: America before ANY foreign or alien influence and the removal of the United Nations from our borders. We condemn the U.N. and advocate withdrawal of the United States from membership in the U.N.
- The Constitution Of The United States: as originally written and intended! The finest system of government ever conceived by man.
- Free Enterprise: private property and ownership of business.
- Positive Christianity: the right of the American people to practice the Christian Faith, including prayer in school.
Oh and on guns…
The fact is to all you government officials considering confiscating guns, what you are considering is TREASON against the Constitution and Citizens of the United States of America.
Except—I didn’t write those talking points. I didn’t pull them from a right-wing tea party website.
I pulled them from the Traditionalist American Knights—of the Ku Klux Klan. I only changed one part on the first bullet point from “The white race” to “conservatism.” And I only did that to show how easily interchangeable those two seem to be with these set of beliefs. Everything else in bold is directly pulled from their website.
Now you can claim this article is simply “liberal propaganda,” and that’s fine.
But no rational human being who knows anything about politics can read those ideological beliefs taken directly from a KKK website and say they haven’t heard many of these right-wing tea party Republicans support nearly the exact same ideological talking points.
Heck, the tea party is built on most of them. From their irrational paranoia about the United Nations, to the push for their brand of “Christianity” being forced on all Americans, to their rhetoric about guns and the belief in getting back to the way the “Constitution was intended.” The tea party’s ideology is nearly a mirror image of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.
Now this wouldn’t be anything worth writing about if just one issue was similar, or even a couple of talking points could be twisted to mean basically the same thing between Republicans and the KKK.
But the fact that many of these tea party Republicans are holding office and governing using these bullet points as the basis for their system of beliefs is terrifying.
Do they wear white hoods and burn crosses? No—well at least none that I’m aware of.
They just do things like oppose affirmative action, stand against sensible immigration reform, want to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, support stricter voter ID laws (which many federal courts have found unfairly targets minorities) and have beliefs similar to those such as Senator Rand Paul who apparently believes the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional.
Hell, after the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act (well they didn’t strike them down as much as they said they needed to be updated), many southern states almost fell over themselves passing stricter voting laws that they were prevented from passing while certain provisions in the Voting Rights Act remained intact.
Oh, and let’s not forget how conservatives like to gerrymander Congressional districts to often split districts that would be controlled by minorities to create a more “white, conservative district.” This of course, lessens minority influence in Congress by unfairly drawing districts to favor white, conservative voters.
And that’s the road Republicans are trying to take this country down. A nation built on many of the same ideological principles ignorant hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan support.
If you doubt this example, feel free to take a look at some of the comments from conservatives following the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, then compare those to the the beliefs of the sick parasites at the Westboro Baptist Church and how those people view same-sex marriage.
When you look at the facts rationally and digest exactly what they stand for, the issue becomes crystal clear. Simply put, tea party Republicans are giving hate groups a voice in mainstream politics.
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