They are White, they are male and
female and they're conservative. They are mostly populist and constitute a
bizarre blend of Christians, right-wing anarchists, and disappointed
Republicans. Their idol is the fanatic presenter Glenn Beck of the horrid Fox
TV network, and their heroine is the hysterical former Republican nominee
for vice president, Sarah Palin.
They detest Democrats and
loathe President Obama, accusing him of all evils of the world, consider
Republicans to be traitors, but before that, had failed to criticize George
Convinced that the panacea is
to turn back the clock by centuries, they dream of the America of the Mayflower,
Sir Walter Raleigh (who gave his name to the capital of North Carolina),
thrive on open-air events with pom-pom girls where they can feel
the red, white and blue, and are convinced that the original sin - treason - was committed in 1912 by a one Woodrow
They are members of the Tea
Party and non-Tea Parties, which are, in short, highly tuned to the Internet and
prepared to fight for the victories of a maximum of their candidates in the midterm
elections - in other words, two years before the presidential election, so as
to tip the balance and take the majority on Capitol Hill (Congress and Senate).
Noxious and dangerous
That they are battling for a
return of freedom and against things they disagree with, we can
readily understand and even endorse. But the understanding stops there.
The Tea Party dreams of
"saving America" by constraining the administration and the Federal
Reserve, cutting taxes, abolishing the Department of Education and the
Environmental Protection Agency, and promoting free enterprise without any
constraints or controls. The seek to abolish unemployment insurance, even if
seeking to preserve (at first) public health insurance for seniors - would otherwise
would cost too many votes. Finished, too, would be the "socialist" policies
of Obama, the left-wing press, indeed, the left in general, and the oppression
of the White minority.
As amazing as it sounds: The
Tea Party has considerable campaign funding and has used it against the "Kenyan
crypto-Muslim," read Barack Obama.
The most comic part of all this, is that they are
at risk of losing votes to the very Republican Party from which their troops
The fact is that the
Democrats could lose the November elections and with them, their majority - which
tells us nothing about the outcome of the next election for the White House.
For more than one president (Democratic and Republican) has confronted
cohabitation before being re-elected.
Could the Tea Party threaten the
traditional bipartisan balance in the United States? Up to now, the parties
have always triumphed over the passing fancies of a segment of the electorate.
Meanwhile the Republicans, instead of condemning the phenomenon, have come to
terms with the new extreme right, which calls them "soft."