Interesting poll results were published in an article of the New York Times yesterday about Tea Baggers. The article’s main interest as news seems to be that the results are surprising – in that the Tea Partiers are wealthier, older (much older), white, Republican – although more socially conservative even than Republicans as a group – and married (but not to the same sex) more than the rest of us.
Gosh – not much of a surprise I’d say. I think the MSM like to paint the Tea-baggers as more mainstream than they are, and in 2010 weathy old white conservatives hardly count as mainstream anymore. And that is the nub of their anger. It’s all about straight, white men losing their preferred and influential position at the table. Doh! They have to share power now! And “something” about President Obama really, really, irks them. Hmm they can’t put their finger on it – and when they do, the facts turn out to be incorrect, and not really matter – because they are just angry about where this country is headed.
Message to Tea-Baggers – America is headed forward under it’s first African-American President, a centrist, work-aholic, intellectual who confounds all the white stereotypes.
From the article: with my snarky yet insightful comments in [brackets]
The overwhelming majority of Tea Party supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the values most Americans live by, and that he does not understand the problems of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor [so un-Christian now that the Prosperity Gospel reins], and 25 percent, compared with 11 percent of the general public, think that the administration favors blacks over whites. They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people [slavery, discrimination, segregation - so 100 years ago in their minds].
Asked what they are angry about, Tea Party supporters offered three main concerns: the recent health care overhaul, government spending, and a feeling that their opinions are not represented in Washington. [we're not running the place now and we are ANGRY about it!].
Even more baldly – since the respondents complained about government spending and handouts – the Tea Baggers did not want any cuts to Medicare or Social Security. [After all, Tea Baggers are on those handouts - cut the poor peoples instead, they're getting too much]
All in all, quite revealing and not at all surprising. The Old-Boy network and Patriarchy have finally hit upon a way that draws in media attention and even critical support to make a power-grab back to who-knows-when. And you know, it’s not just blacks (and gays) these folks are angry about. As the Vatican old-boys let slip the other day, they still have the Jews stuck in their craw. Independent-minded women (of course) and anyone else who might get in their way. Looked at this way, the Supreme Court decision that effectively grants mass voting rights to Corporations is just an opening shot at what this movement intends to accomplish.