Will Christian Right join the Tea Party?

By David Waters For what was presented as a rally of angry conservative Americans, last weekend’s National Tea Party Convention … Continued

By David Waters

For what was presented as a rally of angry conservative Americans, last weekend’s National Tea Party Convention in Nashville was remarkably lacking in evangelical Christian leaders and rhetoric.

There were enough references to indicate that “most of the Tea Partiers were strong Christians,” as Melinda Warner reported on Huffington Post. Prayers opened and closed many gatherings (“Be with Sarah Palin. Protect her, Lord”). There was a workshop called “Why Christians Must Engage.” Discussions and speeches were peppered with phrases such as “Judeo-Christian nation.”

But overall, the convention wasn’t at all like those God-and-country revivals of the Reagan- and Gingrich-era National Affairs Briefings, or the more recent Bush-era Values Voter Summits. Fiscal conservative reformers such as Ross Perot and the late John B. Anderson might have been more at home than such Christian Right warriors at Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell.

Will the Christian Right join the Tea Party? Will the Tea Partying fiscal conservatives make room for social conservatives? Should they?

I doubt it.

From the 1950s, the evangelical (and lately Catholic) Christian Right has become a movement motivated by such faith-based social issues as prayer and Bible reading in public school, women’s liberation (the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment), abortion (the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision), and the gay marriage and gay rights movements. All of those issues have deeply divided church as well as state.

None of those issues appear to be on the Tea Party movement’s agenda. One of the speakers at the Tea Party convention was Warren Edstrom, a founder of the Ohio Liberty Council. The council’s statement of beliefs and principles includes such phrases as “Reckless government spending is harmful to our economy and condemns the people to a form of oppression through high taxes.” The words ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’ and ‘Bible’ do not appear in the document at all. Other parties to the Tea Party issue similar religion-free pronouncements.

No doubt some Tea Party enthusiasts have been inspired by the Christian Right. For example, Mark A. Skoda, founder and Chairman of The Memphis TEA Party and a convention speaker, hosts a radio talk show called “For God and Country.” The Tea Party seems particularly strong in the South, where evangelicalism permeates every part of the culture, including government and fiscal policy. It also seems to have Palin’s considerable evangelical support.

But this is an anti-government movement, not a pro-God movement.

“If you take 1,000 so-called tea partiers and ask them what this movement is, you’ll get 1,000 different interpretations,” Mark Williams, a talk-radio host and chairman of the Tea Party, told the Post. “But they’re all waving American flags and speaking out against the galloping socialist agenda.”

Flags but not crosses.

During the Reagan and Bush eras, Christian Right movement leaders such as the late megachurch pastor D. James Kennedy held rallies with names such as “Reclaiming America for Christ.” So far, it seems the Tea Partiers are mostly interested in reclaiming America for the Chamber of Commerce.

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  • APaganplace

    Frankly, there’s been plenty of frothing-Fundie-ness coming out of the Teabag Party. When it comes to being ‘anti’ everything the Christian Right has been ‘anti’ it seems they’re indistinguishable. And.

  • malachhamovess

    If, as they say, there are true libertarians in the core of the tea-bagger movement, there’ll be he – ll to pay if Christian Fundamentalists try to impose their government control over reproductive rights.It’s one of those issues where being “right” isn’t enough, as one man’s “right” is an other’s damnation

  • khote14

    Did you hear what Tancredo had to say? Do you know who Palin is?I really admire the anti-government, libertarian streak I hear from *some* of the tea party people, but when all is said and done this is a group of people who want their god running the country, with a bible in one of his almighty hands and a rod in the other, ready to shove either up the arse of America.If you tea partiers want the independents, you’d better keep the rightwing christian nutjobs out. A lousy democrat is still better than one of these dominionists destroying the country.

  • coloradodog

    Well, of course they should. They are already in “pro-life” lock-step with thier shared priorities of pre-emptive war, torture and capital punishment. They share the same “Christian” values that anti-discrimination, education and health care are all godless socialism.

  • YEAL9

    Just a reminder:”The Tea Party protests are a series of nationally coordinated protests across the United States since 2009.[1][2][3][4] Participants say the events are part of a Tea Party movement opposing big government,[5] President Barack Obama,[6] the U.S. federal budget and, more specifically, the stimulus package, which the protesters argue are wasteful government spending and unnecessary government growth. They oppose the increase in the national debt as well.[7] The protesters also objected to possible future tax increases[3]. Protests have been held on April 15, 2009 to coincide with the annual U.S. deadline for submitting tax returns, known as Tax Day,[6][8] over the weekend of July 4, 2009 to coincide with Independence Day, and on September 12, 2009 to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.”

  • emonty

    Teh Christian right will jump on the tea party bandwagon only if they feel they have a chance to win. I beleive the REpublican Party will make a move sooner or later to take the tea partiers under their banner; or they will know that the movement really has no body else to vote for except a Republican.Until this is more than a fringe movement, there will be more smoke than fire.

  • jjedif

    According to a leading Tea Party leader in Nashville, the Senate needs 40 more Scott Browns, which would be 40 more votes for gay rights and abortion rights.

  • Alex511

    fr ggrant9170:>the far right conservative religous people are nothing but ignorant of the bible racist bigots! if they ever get a hold of this country again, God help us all!Oh, definitely. My MIL forwarded an EXTREMELY racist and offensive email that she had gotten from one of her friends, that showed exactly that. My wife very quietly replied to MIL that that kind of email is not welcome in her email and/or our home.

  • gibsonpolk

    The Tea Party movement faces the same dilemma that Republicans have faced since Reagan – they are really two contradictory movements crammed into one – evangelical Christian Conservatives on the one hand and fiscal small-government libertarians on the other. They tolerate each other as long as they can find a common object of hatred – in this case Barack Obama. But the Tea Party is a much more rabid (and often ugly) form of this odd pairing than was the Reagan GOP and may alienate educated secular Republicans (if there are any left).

  • heatherczerniak

    Evangelicals, like Republicans, should be kept away. The Tea Party will risk losing their status if they embrace the kind of people most Americans are sick and tired of. The Tea Party movement is about government reform and the religious right and the GOP failed miserably at it. Now it’s the Democrats and the radical left’s turn to screw things up. So far, they’ve succeeded admirably. For now, the Tea Party should concentrate on building grass-roots support, not aligning themselves with failed has-beens who are only trying to revive their failing political careers.We Americans deserve better than what we’re getting. But before we can start playing a whole new ballgame, we need to assemble a whole new team, one with no ties to selfish special interests. From here on, every politician will feel the full wrath of the American voter/taxpayer. No one should be spared.

  • RaoTayi

    This Tea Party Movement, or whatever they call themselves, is made of 80% bigots, racists and generally speaking misfits. The fact that these morons started to yell at the current administration as early as February march of last year and organized a protest on April 15th proves that these guys are racists, period. The fact that they gave a standing ovation to tancredo, puts the last nail in the coffin about their bigotry. The fact that they were thrilled with palm reader palin shows beyond the shadow of doubt they are misfits.

  • map529

    The TEA party is already comprised of right wing so-called Christian zealots. It is a fundamental principle of anti government types that things like government-directed non-discrimination, tolerance, and care for the less fortunate is bad and government has no business doing so. TEA party is all about money. Denying individuals basic human rights is all about keeping power. Power equals money. Therefore, there is no reason that the so-called Christians on the rights would not see their interests aligned with those of the TEA partiers. Hate breeds hate. Like unto like. Etc.

  • SavingGrace

    Maybe we’ll all get lucky and they’ll just eat each others young.**********

  • lufrank1

    Wonder how many non-fundamentalist Christians are in Tea Parties?The Tea Party crowd is exactly the type organization that draws KKK, Aryan Nation, survivalists “militia”, NRA, and Bible thumping ignoramouses who believe that Noah actually gathered pairs of all species of dinosaurs onto his Ark.God Preserve us from such cooks!

  • barferio

    The press goes with ‘if it bleeds, it leads’, I’m aware of that. They want to show pictures of the aging southern white evangelical bible thumpers as being the primary audience of the tea party. At least it looks that way.That’s right, the tea party has the taint of the right wing christian monsters … and we all know how much the aging southern white evangelical bible thumpers feel about taints.

  • kare1

    The Tancreado Teaparty Taliban looking to impose a theocracy on the land of the FREE and the home of the brave.These people actually believe that there is no separation between Church and State. That the state should stay out of church matters, but BY ALL MEANS THE CHURCH SHOULD RUN THE STATE and impose their 10th century ideals on all in this country.Should these guys get into power, Countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran will look like CLub Med. Woman will be required to stay and home and pump out chilren. CHildren will be forced to Bible schools. Non christians, muslims, jews, buddhists will be sent to Gitmo for re=education to SOME WARPED FORM OF CHRISTIANITY (because these people are not NORMAL Christians (so full of hatred).And here I thought THE GOP FEAR_MONGERING was over.

  • ceflynline

    Considering the lack of Charity, the lack of truth, and the abundance of hate, “There were enough references to indicate that “most of the Tea Partiers were strong Christians,”” does not compute. There was plenty of indication that the Religious Right was their, but Christian virtues and values were conspicuous by their absence

  • fabianjwilson

    Where was the teabaggers nut jobs to oppose bush?

  • wickedpheonix

    They shouldn’t pair up – they hold different values on what “conservatism” means.Fiscal conservatives want government that spends less – government that has fewer programs and thus is a smaller part of everyone’s life.Social conservatives want increased government intervention to keep a high standard of conventional morality in this country, meaning more programs designed to encourage “proper” behavior.The only way you will see a coalition of fiscal and social conservatives is if social conservatives are able to stop saying “the government should do this! (to encourage conventional morality)” and start saying “the government shouldn’t do this! (which encourages progressive morality)”. Meaning, fiscal and social conservatives could reconcile over something like prohibiting the government from paying for abortions… not too much else though.

  • screwjob2

    Whatever they are, they are not Democrats, and are not going to vote for Democrat candidates.

  • jeffc6578

    If the Christian right joins the tea baggers, don’t they become the republican party?

  • meowomon

    I don’t know what the tea partiers really stand for but all I heard about from the convention was Tom Tancredo wanting to bring back literacy tests for voters (we all know what that means) and Sarah Palin writing notes on her hand like an eighth grader cheating on a test. They are just a bunch of lunatics as far as I know because the libertarian message of Ron Paul has been hijacked. They come across now as angry white people who believe Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to destroy America.

  • mdenny1

    Face it, Tea Baggers are a function of Fox News and only exist because of the free advertising they receive on TV. No other group of 600 people would get that kind of attention from unless it served their agenda. Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes know that feeding the dogs red meat is the only way to distract them from the real damage being done to America by the rich corprocrats who want nothing but tax cuts for themselves. Confusing their their poor dumb, mostly white, angry, gun toting viewers that Obama is a Jew or a Muslim or a Martian is exactly what Fox News needs to divide the county and maintain their wealth and elite status.

  • LDTRPT25

    By your comments many of you who are condeming this administration for spending money to helps us come out of the republican George Bush created depression know nothing about history. the reason the Great Depression went on so long is that president Hubert Hoover a republican refused to spend any money to try and help the economy so it just got worse until president Roosvelt got elected created the WPA and CCC camps putting people back to work on our infrastructure building new Court Houses and working on roads and bridges–That’s what Obama is trying to do and some of you uninformed give him hell for doing the very thing that needs to be done.Reade some history for yourself and stop listening to everything Limbaugh and Beck have to say(which really is nothing but hate and stupidity

  • LDTRPT25

    By your comments many of you who are condeming this administration for spending money to helps us come out of the republican George Bush created depression know nothing about history. the reason the Great Depression went on so long is that president Hubert Hoover a republican refused to spend any money to try and help the economy so it just got worse until president Roosvelt got elected created the WPA and CCC camps putting people back to work on our infrastructure building new Court Houses and working on roads and bridges–That’s what Obama is trying to do and some of you uninformed give him hell for doing the very thing that needs to be done.Reade some history for yourself and stop listening to everything Limbaugh and Beck have to say(which really is nothing but hate and stupidity

  • BurtReynolds

    Well where ever the go, I hope its out of the GOP. I’ll never vote GOP as long as they require their candidates to support a qausi-theocracy. During the ’08 GOP Primary when the guys on stage who bought in to evolution were the minority, it was reaffirmed that this is not the party for me. I would get on board with a Scott Brown type GOP candidate. I would love to the chance to vote for real fiscal conservative, who doesn’t come with the baggage of a 1950’s social attitude. The GOP needs to kick out the Rick Warrens, Jerry Falwells, and Pat Robertsons and start reading up on their Barry Goldwater.And I’ll take the “Tea Party” seriously when they get serious and rid themselves of Sarah Palin and Tom Tancredo. I don’t know what recruiting an idiot and a racist do for the party, but it doesn’t move them any closer to mainstream.

  • Maddogg

    Time America dumps the Tea Party and the Christian Right before they dump on America.The reality is not Glenn Beck. The reality is China will open its 42nd high speed rail line by 2012. The US has none. The reality is not Hannity or O’Reilly. The reality is the new list of most livable cities does not include any in the US. Most are in socialist nations.Dump the Teabagging Republicans and dump the Christians before its to late.

  • rukind920

    We are facing real problems as a nation, and our leaders seem to be more interested in keeping us devided. Our economy is a mess with un-employment escallating, foreclosures sky high and climbing, ecological atrocities which will not only leave our land baren but is causing the oceans to die out and the polar ice caps to melt at alarming rates, and what do we get? An angry crowd at the Gov’t because they can’t overcome their own petty fears which breed more and more hatrid, ignorance, and prejudices. Interesting how so many self proclaimed “christians” have such propensities to hurl hatrid towards others because they are different. Maybe I attended the wrong kind of Christian schooling that taught understanding and love towards others.

  • hogsmile

    Oh? Will they join? Like lemmings run-run-running away, this-way and that-way and — finally — over a cliff.

  • orange3

    I can’t wait for the rubes to start excommunicating each other for heresy. That will be entertaining.

  • swatkins1

    Two things:1) “Faith” was something a person had in his/her heart. At least until the right wing conservatives took the word “Faith” and used it as a dividing political strategy.2) If the tea-baggers don’t want government, fine. Let them sign a statement swearing they will not use publicly funded roads, they will not use airports, bridges, tunnels, or railroads. They will not form a new government to challenge the democratically elected government we have under the Constitution. It’s fine that they choose to be socially myopic and utterly on their own with absolutely no need for anyone’s comeraderie, But I’ll be Damned if they should be allowed to push their nonsense on the rest of us. In the statement they sign, it must say that the tea-baggers must practice what they preach, and leave the rest of us alone who want to move forward with a progressive society and culture.

  • COWENS99

    The tea baggers still can’t come to believe the truth about their movement. The tea bag movement was started by Dick Armey with special interest money. The main purpose was to stir the white anger, from white racist upset over the election of President Obama.The vast majority of tea bag members are whites who feel loss or privelege and status immediately, and with more to come as the minority (non-white) becomes the majority. These are people who up until 1965 had total disregard for the black race. That is why they fall for the “birther” movement and every other hate invented story about President Obama. These “bastard” Republicans now have assembled in the alley and their only way to go forward is by marching with the GOP.That’s what it is all about, nothing more and nothing less.

  • snowy2

    If David Waters took a moment to educate himself about the Tea Party, he will find that it consists of a cross section of America that is struggling to wrest back control from a decade of government malfeasance.What does that have to do with religion? Nothing. It is simply a premise for Waters to bash both Christians and the Tea Party while saving bandwidth.

  • pjwertz

    Where were these faux Christian teabaggers when bush criminally invaded Iraq with billions of our dollars; when he turned loose thugs in Blackwater to drain our treasury with double billings; when he and Cheney handed over billions in no-bid contracts to Halliburton et al; when he handed huge subsidies to big oil, big coal and big corn; when he gave his rich friends a $1.3 trillion tax cut and then another one? Holding hands in church?

  • Carstonio

    From my observation, a huge percentage of the Tea Partiers seem to be Christian Dominionists and Birthers. Others have pointed out that the people in the movement didn’t complain when GWB was running up deficits. And while I have reservations about the Democrats’ health care bill, the Tea Partiers are wrong in characterizing it as free health care for the poor paid for by taxpayers. (Even the public option is supposed to be supported by participant contributions like any other health care plan.)I do suspect that Obama’s race is the issue, and I stress that I’m not accusing the Tea Partiers and religious righters of hating non-whites. “Hate” is a misnomer in this context. Think about the context behind “I want my country back.” This movement skews older, and they can remember the Mad Men time when being white or male conveyed automatic privileges. They’ve seen those privileges erode over their lifetimes, and many of them may falsely believe that increased opportunities for non-whites means decreased opportunities for them. Particularly if they came out of poverty and worked mid-level jobs in government or corporations in an era when real wages for the middle class were declining. Seeing a non-white become President may have made that loss of privilege infinitely more tangible. Even when the Tea Partiers and the religious righters aren’t the same people, they seem to share the same revulsion to the changes in America since the 1960s.I’m a Generation Xer and I’ve had a little experience with the Tea Party personality even before the movement came together. These are people who are deeply resentful and it’s not always obvious what exactly is getting their goat. In personal interaction they seem to see themselves as surrounded by fools and idiots. They turn every conversation into a rant about the government or the lazy bums on the dole or the knocked-up teenagers down the street, where the theme is that people today don’t know responsibility.

  • revbookburn

    They will naturally join each other, just like in the 1990s. There was a growing overlap between the white supremacists, militias, anti-abortion terrorists, Christian jihadists, and other McVeigh/ Nichols types. The extremists will continue to find each other in these times as they work themselves up with inflamatory rhetoric and hateful bigotry. Fox “News” and others who spread misinformation will continue to fuel such mental instability.

  • JimMF

    I am not a member of the Tea Party movement. However, it is clear to me that the movement is the product of common sense which finally seems to be gaining momentum.Here is a little bit of common sense:A large federal government shrinks the economy and reduces job opportunities by sucking capital from the private sector.Government spending is far less effective at stimulating the economy than spending by free people picking winners and losers, and putting money where it will continue to produce returns and generate jobs.Freedom and opportunity (limited government) allows ANYONE to market a creative idea, generate jobs, and accumulate wealth. It’s called CAPITALISM and it is DYNAMIC. A nanny state government has done tremendous harm by paying people to live in economically distressed areas, only to wallow in hopelessness and dependence, resulting in a degenerating culture.Instead of holding up success as a model, the despicable politician promotes class envy, appealing to the dark side of human nature, by promising to take from the successful and hand it to the unsuccessful. They have no shame in assisting their loyal constituents in the destruction of self-respect and honor for their own political gain.

  • StanHunts

    The words, “God, Jesus and the Bible” are not in the Republican platform either…The Christian Right does not really stand for its principles…It stands only for insuring against “persecution” and suffering, the two lynchpin identifiers of true Christianity…The shortest route to a suffering averse Christian culture is, of course, to outlaw everything that makes Christians uncomfortable…This article is really reaching!Stan Moody

  • screwjob2

    Palin gave a speech for which she was paid, she did not “host the thing”.And “the thing” was a conference for which people paid their own good money to attend. The attendees represented themselves and no one else.

  • Utahreb

    Perhaps some of the tea baggers have ideas that would benefit our country, but they lost me forever when they picked the Witch from Wasilla as speaker.I cannot take them seriously now and if they are taken over by the religious right, then they will be so far out of the mainstream of America that they will have no power.

  • frankn1

    Life would be a lot better if LIBERALS would learn to debate issues based on facts.I guess the old saying “ignorance is bliss” is true with these folks.

  • OldRedneck

    In response to FRANKN1: I live in Northumberland County, VA. Here in VA’s 99th General Assembly district, we have an active “Tea Party” movement. I know a lot of these people and have had long conversations with them. They are 100%: white; old; wealthy; racist. They get their “news” and opinions from Fox and Glenn Beck. In their view, human history started and ended with Ronald Reagan and we are still engaged in a Cold War against commies and socialist. And those, sir, are the facts.Now, as to the point of this article. There may be some efforts around the margin for the biblethumpers and teabaggers to unite but it won’t succeed because both of these groups are convinced of the righteousness of their own cause. When you get your marching orders from the mouth of God, there’s no reason to compromise or to even listen to anyone else. They’ll continue to provide entertainment and, at times, they’ll manage to block progress but in the main, they’ll have to be content to read Sarah Palin’s palm, wave signs, and pray for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.

  • wildfyre99

    Will Christian Right join the Tea Party?God I hope not! (pun intended)That would sink the movement…

  • Fate1

    “If David Waters took a moment to educate himself about the Tea Party, he will find that it consists of a cross section of America that is struggling to wrest back control from a decade of government malfeasance.”If the teabaggers took a moment and examine Palin’s support of tax monies paying for the bridge-to-nowhere or her socialist support of oil revenue flowing back into the hands of Alaskans, who according to Palin “own” the oil, they might not have had her as a keynote speaker. But they did, because they really have no idea what they want or how to achieve it. Ask them if they want to do away with Social Security or Medicare, because most teabaggers are receiving one or both. The Tea Party is simply a bunch of whiners expecting everything and willing to pay nothing in taxes. As for the religious right, lets not forget their support for slavery to the point of defending it through war, or their later support for Jim Crow laws and blatant discrimination, or today’s teabagger support for “literacy tests” or Tancredo’s maligning of people who do not speak english. And consider that when you look at christian churches you see much segregation but when you look at government you do not see segregation. Imagine what will happen when the christian right succeeds in forcing its “values” into government.

  • bobfbell

    Mr. Waters lept right past the issue of whether or not a political party should push a singular religious agenda? Why? Because it has become popular political idealogy that intertwining religion and politics will create more political power. That may be conventional wisdom but it is fallacious reasoning in today’s environment. For every fundamental Christian who is aligned with the Republican right on such issues as prayer in schools, gay marriage and the right to choose/life there are several other independents who abhor the attempt to use political power to achieve social objectives. It would be a huge mistake for the Tea Party movement (whichever one of the seemingly hundreds of movements making up this grass roots revolution you are referring to) to mix and mingle religion with its core messare of fiscal responsiblity and government accountability. Why? Because there are many more Americans who are dissatisfied and disaffected by government dysfunctionality than about the dominance of any one social agenda. Polls show 75% of Americans favor gays openly serving in the military; 67% of all Americanas believe government is failing; 53% of all spending is wasteful. And, on and on and on. By any objective measure the critical moderate center is conservative on fiscal matters and progressive on social ones. If the Tea Party wishes to grow in influence, it must appeal to the disenfranchised middle, not the right or left. Staying out of religion and controversial social issues many of which are a matter of individual conscience is the path to greater clout. Aligning itself with the Pat Robertson wing of the Republican Party is a zero sum game.

  • MajorFacemask

    The Tea Party people should form a new religion…One that worships Private Healthcare Shareholders. The people i know associated with this fake movement have investments in private healthcare and fear any discussions that would limit returns. Lets be real here!!!!

  • dutchess2

    Sure, put all the haters together.

  • upnorth

    The republicans lost not because Bush and others put off the Christian right. Brown won in MA not because he rallied support on a call to God. Independents deserted the party because the party was spending like drunken sailors while still pandering to the Christian right on Terry Schiavo case or the sex abstinence cause. As an independent I was energized by the Tea Party movement, but after listening to Palin, Skoda, Tom Credo and others, I would any day take a social liberal with no fiscal responsibility over a Christian party that is equally fiscally reckless. The likes of Bachmann and Palin repulses me from republicans. I can put up with them if only they were genuinely fiscally conservatives. Till them, I will continue to pay the top income tax rate under Obama.

  • brattykathyi1

    The religious right (aka: the American Taliban) is a group of fascist lunatics without the slightest grip on reality. These mental midgets are still practicing the rites and rituals of cavemen. They worship an imaginary sky daddy that’s suppose to protect them from an imaginary boogie man. They give more credence to the fairy tales of cavemen than they do to modern science.

  • dutchess2

    I am sick and tired of hearing how the Teabaggers are just scared folks… They are lily white middle – elderly folks who have been deliberately scared by the like of Dick Armey and others who are paying big money to get them aggitated.What they mostly are is racist… that’s what they attract, that’s what they evidence, that’s what they say…Listen to them… not a single idea anywhere, some failed notion of smaller government and less taxes when our Nation is bankrupt… and they’re angry?They’re only mad cause we have a black President, and they can just get over it.They mustered somewhere between 600 and 1000 to pay $500 plus to attend their convention and the only thing that came of it was a shot across the bow for all blacks and Hispanics – and a call for bringing back the literacy test to vote.Republicans jumping on that bandwagon ought to be shamed out of office.

  • usapdx

    Americans know what to do with a old tea bag. Just toss it in with the rest of the rubbish.

  • divi3

    Irrational hatred of Obama will bring these factions together no matter how disparate they may now seem. Pure, unadulterated ignorance will be the glue that binds them in their Crusade to remove the secret-Muslim, socialist, marxist, nazi from office.

  • cgorham

    The Bible says in Matthew 22: 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. *******************************A group like the Tea Party or any other political party that yells out hate and anger at people that disagree with them is not a group Christians should be a part of if they profess to love their neighbor.

  • DanielintheLionsDen

    They’re an awfully white group.

  • MHawke

    The Tea Party is more of a threat to the Republicans than it is to the Democrats. They will pull the Republicans to the right leaving the center (and ultimately the majority) to the Deomcrats.The disgraced Illinois ex-Governor is the poster boy for what’s wrong with Democrats. That’s their soft underbelly.The Tea Party is using the tired Bush / Limbaugh rhetoric and look like a bunch of bigots.

  • mgferrebee

    The Republican majority since Nixon has been an uneasy alliance of the tea party (fiscal elitists) and conservative Christians as unnatural in many ways as the Dixiecrat/No. Democrat alliance of FDRs making (and LBJs unmaking). The real issue is not will they unite under the tea party banner but can the Republicans hold them together under the Republican banner. For their interests are quite different. One seeks to maintain the economic status quo via not raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations. The other sincerely seeks social justice and family stability rather you agree with it in all its manifestation or not.The tea partyites would gladly gut social security and medicare and regulation of industry under the banner of smaller government. The social conservatives advocate neither.

  • edwardlahoa

    Eventually evangelical Christians in this country will figure out that the anti-government/anti-tax dogma preached by the far right has its basis in an atheist, human-centered philosophy (namely the one built by Ayn Rand), not the Bible.

  • dudh

    Who cares? The Tea “party” has no room for minorities, either. It’s a creation of right-wing talk radio and cable television, and is not on the path to glory.

  • bigbrother1

    The Satanic “xtian” right has already made big inroads into the Tea Party. Not only were the satanists there from the beginning, the most radical and violent of them are working in both the Tea Party and the GOP. I hope the FBI is watching the Tea Party/ American Taliban closely. The moment the nutjobs declare open revolt against the government and the Constitution I hope the FBI swoops in with some SWAT teams, rounds up the entire lot and sends them to Guantanamo or someplace else for some “extraordinary rendition.” The country would be better off if we never saw those traitors again.

  • momof20yo

    It seems very hypocritical to me that while the tea party is on the rampage against ‘excessive government spending’, the tea party itself has its own version of ‘excessive spending’—$100,000 for a 40 minute speech, expecting participants to pay $549 to get in to the event, expecting participants to pay mega-$$$ for a steak-and-lobster dinner, etc., etc., etc.

  • daved1

    The Lord spake unto the Republicans…”keep screwing that chicken”, which translated means “have sex with chickens …No really, I can see that anything else is a complete waste of everyone’s time”.

  • Samson151

    If you’ve ever been to a Tea Party event, you quick realize the agendas are extremely diverse. One of the splinter lines is the environment, with evangelicals increasingly pro-climate change legislation, and neocons firmly against it. You’ve got Lyndon LaRouche types who hate the GOP far more than the Democrats. There are folks who fervently anti-abortion alongside those who don’t want government legislation in any area of their lives. You’ve got disgruntled seniors with their ‘keep your hands off my medicare’ signs and tax-rebel libertarians who’d happily eliminate government-supported healthcare entirely. You’ve got the Bomb Iran contingent sharing camera space with the Ron Paul For President folks (Paul’s against foreign wars in general). Sure, the vast majority are white and middle-class, but that’s about all they have in common. That, and a proclivity for flag-waving. It’s people like Rupert Murdoch and Glenn Beck who turn this into a ‘movement’, and their motive is money. Sarah Palin is a politician in the sense that she saw a parade and decided to pretend she was leading it. If you’ve heard one of her speeches at such events versus what she said when she was being interviewed during the campaign, you instantly see the innate contradictions. Which is the real Sarah? Both, of course. And neither. The Tea Party group scares the GOP as much as the evangelicals ever did. Nobody who lives in Washington and practices realpolitik on a daily basis wants to deal with angry ideologues in the home state. The real danger to the GOP is how difficult they’re going to find it to pretend to be moderates in the future.

  • neolib

    The Republican party went evangelical for decades and started several wars that we are still paying. The Tea Partyers should be very distrustful of the Christian right nut jobs that thrived under Reagan and Bush who bankrupted this country with their borrow-and-spend.

  • insider9909

    The teabagger convention was indistinguishable from a KKK convention, with racism and nationalism being the central themes. And the christian right want to join the movement? Figures. Teabaggers are traitorous racist scumbags.

  • robertmerry

    Throw the tea in the harbor and the tea BAGGERS with it.

  • bobmoses

    ” When it comes to being ‘anti’ everything the Christian Right has been ‘anti’ it seems they’re indistinguishable.POSTED BY: APAGANPLAC”Yeah, they need to positive like you, right Mr. Hypocrite?

  • JohnGalt9

    This commentary falls….again….into the already tiresome, and now ineffective, if only the authors will notice, of calling the Tea Party Movement an angry white Right Movement. How long, and how many knocks and defeats does it take for the Angry-White-Left (no I am kidding), the Reasonable-Good-Hearted-But-Slightly-Thick-Headed-Liberals to realize – or admit, a little harder – that normal independent and moderate conservative Americans are in real and honest disagreement with the “progressive” policies of this administration, and that its success and growth is based on the factual results of these policies.There, it was not that hard. If you are brave enough to have read the above paragraph, you are also concerned enough to know more.The whole, but short, synthesis is at It is titled, “Democrat’s Economic Assumption of Death”. No, it was not written by Sarah Palin.Leave your disagreement. They don’t mind as long as it is to the point.

  • usapdx

    In the USA, we all have the right to beleieve in what ever you want just so that you do not force it on another. Thoes groups that file tax exampt are required by the tax exampt law not to speak on political matters other wise you file tax like everyone else as well as PAY the tax due and enjoy the freedom of speech which has a price called TAX.

  • jjj141

    Of course they will. The Tea Party movement will be swallowed up by the GOP, which in turn is run the religious right.

  • rbaldwin2

    Of course !! Stupid follows stupid… it’s a fundamental principal of stupid people everywhere !! YOU INCLUDED.

  • persiflage

    I suppose the libertarian movement in the USA would like to somehow annex the Tea Party – but disaffected white folks falling somewhere in the middle of the economy are not likely to fall for it as soon as they determine that libertarians are essentially social darwinists. They are not remotely representative of Middle America with it’s complete reliance on Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security benefits in order to stay afloat….while the rich folks skim the cream off the top.Poor old John Galt – if only the rest of the world would see it his way! The view from that old ivory tower is panoramic, if nothing else. There’s just not much room at the top…..never was. I suspect the Tea Party and it’s affiliates are not remotely interested in forgoing their government benefits for the sake of a pie-in-the-sky idealogy that rewards only ‘the very best’ that society has to offer…..nope, I don’t think so.

  • srpinpgh

    I certainly hope the “Christian right” doesn’t co-opt the Tea Party movement; there’s been far too much religion injected into politics as it is. Social issues, while important, should take a back seat to citizens reclaiming control of the government they’re forced through fiat to support. Debates over social issues should be reserved for the time when the economy is productive again. Otherwise, it’s breath wasted to no effect.

  • ggrant9170

    the far right conservative religous people are nothing but ignorant of the bible racist bigots! if they ever get a hold of this country again, God help us all!

  • Emmetrope

    The Lutherans like their cake with coffee.

  • tojby_2000

    The ‘Baggers and the FullMooners are already joined at the hip.

  • vmonroe_valnesio

    With the Tea Party, what we are watching are neo-anarchists Republicans. This past week-end’s Tea Party fiasco both exposed and showed that (movement?) for just what informed Americans know it to be, Republicans, who are sore losers and who didn’t vote for Obama. I would bet that a poll, if taken, would show that over ninety percent of those tea party folks didn’t vote for Democrats in November, 2008. What we saw and heard this past weekend was a desire for the continuation of greed, irresponsibility and reckless disregard for the investments of Americans. What we heard was a call for ever higher health care costs, higher infant death rates, lower life expectancy, upward spiraling numbers of uninsured and the vindication of Madoff. By the way, a direct off shoot of GOP’s obstructionism on health reform will be an increase in abortions. They know not what they do. The fruits of the Tea Party are already evident. What we got with the Tea Party support and election of Brown is the go ahead to Anthem Blue Shield of California to raise insurance premiums by 39%. That, alone, will kick additional thousands onto the rolls of the uninsured. The attendant increases cited above will naturally follow. The increased deaths, however, won’t be accompanied by counseling. Anthem’s justification for doing this is that the pool of insured is diminished due the economy. Well, that very thing is addressed and would be corrected in the reform package. Yet, Anthem and others, with the GOP’s help, are fighting reform and spending hundred of millions of dollars (insured premium money, by the way) in that titanic effort. Note, that the Tea Party folks and their GOP associates can’t see the utter despicable hypocrisy of this because they are themselves up to their necks in it. Overall, what the Tea Party/GOP folks said was, in effect, to see this country bounce back from the colossal mess that they left it in, would be their worse nightmare come true. This is GOP/Tea Party patriotism in action! Note, with virtually no worthwhile ideas of their own, they spent their entire time tearing down the efforts of others. All of you people, who have been uninsured, are presently uninsured and who may well become so or know others or have family members, who are uninsured, you need to wake up. Standing on the sidelines disinterested and not voting, as you are currently doing, watching silently as the GOP/Tea Party folks sink your ship of reforms, may well find you in a bankruptcy line or at the graveside of a child, friend or other loved one.

  • creatia52

    To me, elements of the Tea Party and the Christian Right are indistinguishable — namely intolerance and hatred. People like Dr. James Dobson fit in very nicely with the baggers.

  • MALBENNET

    I JUST LOVE READING THE COMMENTS FROM THE LEFT. I CAN UNDERSTAND THE PAIN THEY HAVE IN THEIR STOMACHS WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE ARE PERSONS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE THE FORTITUDE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY THINK IS RIGHT. IF THE TRUTH BE KNOWN MOST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE STRIKING OUT BECAUSE OF EMBARASSMENT THEY HAVE WITH POTUS AND THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERS PELOSI AND REID. THERE HAVE NEVER BEEN LEADERS MORE LIKELY TO BRING THIS COUNTRY DOWN FINANCIALLY AND POLITICALLY.

  • persiflage

    ‘LET THE TEA PARTY KEEP GIVING YOU ULCERS FRIENDS.’Notice that comments from the Right are always about comments from the Left. Again demonstrating that GOP antagonists from the Right have nary an idea between them – fault-finding, complaining and obstructing the wheels of government are what they do best.And thus has it always been…..

  • greenstheman

    Man there is enough hate and name calling in this thread to start a war, most of you are so busy calling names and are so busy being disrespecting of other peoples religious views and are so disrespectful to republicans you don’t care anything about trying to understand another view other than your own. You don’t realize how hateful and narrow minded you are, most of the garbage here does not contribute one meaningful positive thought to this country’s problems. Most of you don’t have room to be pointing fingers at someone else, you are part of the problem, grown up. Be glad you live in this country, if you lived in a Muslim country and you were disrespectful of their God,their beliefs they would cut your head off.

  • arjay1

    David Waters, WaPost: “None of those issues appear to be on the Tea Party movement’s agenda. One of the speakers at the Tea Party convention was Warren Edstrom, a founder of the Ohio Liberty Council. The council’s statement of beliefs and principles includes such phrases as “Reckless government spending is harmful to our economy and condemns the people to a form of oppression through high taxes.” The words ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’ and ‘Bible’ do not appear in the document at all. Other parties to the Tea Party issue similar religion-free pronouncements”Most spiritually based organizations accept the American Constitution’s six overall provisions of Justice, Tranquility, Common Defense, General Welfare, Liberty, and our Posterity as an earthly covenant that easily adheres to the eight or so common principles of all religions. It isn’t necessary to refer to specifics within any Spiritual Scripture (which is prohibited in government by the First Amendment that was agreed to by referendum in 1791) in order to see a relationship between General Welfare and Justice with Liberty. If ‘reckless spending’ becomes the objective of government in the name of either General Welfare or Common Defense, then Liberty for a citizen can’t be enhanced simply because the ‘spending’ process has taken so much of his income. There needs to be a balance between Justice for General Welfare and Liberty for each citizen and The American people have not seen that coming from either political party over the last 20 years. Is it any wonder that Independents seek spiritual and constitutional Tranquility through reform of a dysfunctional system?

  • alonzoQuijana

    I’d like to see four or five viable parties:–A Christian Conservative PartyThe two current mash-ups are simply failing to govern or lead.

  • Carstonio

    In my experience, the Tea Party arguments about government aren’t really libertarian, despite the superficial resemblance. The cry “Keep government out of my Medicare!” doesn’t reflect any coherent philosophy on what role government should play. For this group, what passes for libertarianism seems to be a desire to prevent government from inconveniencing them as individuals.

  • FredinVicksburg

    Extremist groups always seem to claim that they are acting in God’s name. That has ranged through history from the Spanish Inquisition to modern day Muslim suicide bombers. People seem to wrap themselves in a cloak of religion to justify whatever evil deeds they are involved in.

  • LuckyLuLu

    I pray that will join the party. It is about time the real fiscal conservatives take back the party (I’m a former republican turned Independent) from the lunatics of the far right social conservatives. I just can’t bring my self be associated with that current group of ignoramuses.

  • seasail

    Let us hope they join forces. Have you heard (herd) of the BULL MOOSE PARTY? Same fate?

  • Max4

    This is a fuuny question to ask when it is known that the religious Right is the main component, essentially the backbone, of the Tea Party Movement. Over the years the Christian Right has learned that the way to win in politics is to use a different set of terminology when talking to the society at large.

  • LeeH1

    Tea Baggers are basically destructionists. They don’t want to create a new society, they only want to destroy the existing government. They are filled with hate, most thinking the President is a Moslem and non-American. They merely want him out of office.They are not interested in any particular reform, they only want the government to stop spending money, reduce spending, increase services and not have a deficit.This is an impossible dream.The Taliban and Al-Quaida have done wonders with people who think like this in other countries. They, too, do not want to build a new government, but only to destroy their existing society.Destruction is it’s own reward.

  • LuckyLuLu

    I can’t see the Tea Party going anywhere. Judging by all of the images I see, it looks like they are a party of old people and folks that just got out of pancake breakfast from their local baptist church. I’m sure they are all decent folks. But as a young professional, I just can’t bring myself to aspire to that group. Believe me, young folks are thinking the same way. Revolutions are not started by 65 year old old farts, but young, inspired energetic people.

  • ZZim

    Good article. I don’t see any connection between the Tea Party and the Christian Right other then the fact that Liberals loathe them. Being loathed by bad guys isn’t enough to cement an alliance between two groups with nothing in common.

  • dougd1

    Based on their statements and actions, the teabaggers are hard-core conservatives at the far fight-wing of the republican party. This is no “bipartisan” movement (as the media would have us believe), because no liberals would ever support their consistently conservative positions.Nor are they “libertarians”, as many others would have us believe. There is really no libertarian position separate from conservatism in this country, though there is in European politics. Libertarians in the US are virtually all conservatives, and they are not in favor of personal liberty, but rather, they want government off the backs of businesses and corporations (freedom to exploit and harm other citizens.)That said, it makes sense that fundamentalist and evangelical christians would readily join forces with the teabaggers. Like the teabaggers, they are extremist conservatives who will opportunistically use any groups to push their anti-liberal agenda. The author of this article even admits that christians are already involved.My guess is that the tea party movement will soon be “absorbed” into the more mainstream republican movement (where they actually already reside). This in effect will serve as a strategic rebranding of the failed (neoconservative) republican party, making it seem (completely illogically) more moderate and even libertarian. What a sad joke this is.

  • jeffc6578

    Maybe we’ll all get lucky and they’ll just eat each others young.

  • ravensfan20008

    Two groups that need to go away as quickly as possible. The Tea Party is a bunch of sound and fury, signifying absolutely zip. It doesn’t even have enough popular support to get Sarah Palin elected President (should she choose to run), and its major legislative achievement was having a Democrat win a House seat instead of a moderate Republican.The Christian Right espouses hate and discrimination, which the younger generation is rejecting. Their anger is not Christian in the sense that Jesus’ message was.

  • barferio

    The people who made James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed, James Kennedy et al possible are already in this tea party movement. If these dominionist parasites had no host they would not survive.Maybe the organized christianist groups haven’t officially joined it, but all of their followers are already there.Are there other people in the tea party, people who aren’t christianists? If there are, how long before they will be cast out as apostates?Watch what the republican party actually does. They wave the bloody abortion shirt as loud as they can, but never actually do anything about abortion. It’s too useful as a divisive issue to actually solve it.The more religious the tea party appears, the more it will scare off the independents. Bet on it.

  • jaynashvil

    The Evangelicals are already a huge part of this movement. Witness the convention speakers Sarah Palin and crazed homophobe Dr. Rick Scarborough of Vision America. It doesn’t get much more “Bible-thumper” than those two. Just give them a few more months and they’ll turn the movement into an extremist religous movement that has nothing to do with smaller government.

  • mongolovesheriff

    It’s always about money. The TV preachers make tons of money. The corporate elite is already lassoing the teabaggers. Why else would 600 teabaggers pay a grand to hear Palin, who got a 100 g’s to talk like a six-year-old (hopey, changey)? All of these preachers, Robertson, Reed, Swaggart, Haggarty ad nauseum are in it for the money. That’s why they are Republic Party hacks.

  • bigbrother1

    Ravensfan20008 wrote: “The Christian Right espouses hate and discrimination, which the younger generation is rejecting. Their anger is not Christian in the sense that Jesus’ message was.”Absolutely true. More people are realizing that the “christian” right is not Christian at all. If you look at the god they actually worship, it’s really much closer to Satan.The “christian” right would be the first to call for the death of Jesus were he alive today. They despise everything he loved and worship everything he preached against.

  • cprferry

    “Social conservatives want increased government intervention to keep a high standard of conventional morality in this country, meaning more programs designed to encourage “proper” behavior.”While some social conservatives seek to use political means to advance their agenda, much of the movement focuses on conscious protections for religious liberty and removing government endorsement and assistance of sinful behavior.

  • cprferry

    “No doubt that they need each other. We know about positions held by the “Christian Right” and Catholic Church on moral issues. They are strangely silent about social ones and don’t give a hoot about the poor.The leading non-government organization in serving the needs of the poor doesn’t give a hoot about the poor? Wow. Secularists are so adamant to deny God and their own faith they’ll deny the acts of faith, compassion and respect of the faithful.

  • ArmchairFirebrand

    At last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention, there was much bloviating about “oppressed” Americans “suffering” under the Obama Administration’s “tyranny.” Judge Roy More, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, even delivered a rousing sermon comparing our President to King George III, the British ruler overthrown in the American Revolution.Nothing better illustrates the utter absurdity of these delusions than contrasting the Tea Party with an actual, grassroots, democratic movement created to confront real, rather than imagined, tyranny.Armed with camera phones, laptops and an iron will, these courageous individuals communicate their message to the world even without the journalists imprisoned by Ahmadinejad’s repressive regime.Moreover, while Americans generally use Facebook and Twitter to pour over the excruciating minutae of modern life, the Greens employ these social networking websites to disseminate information, plan operations and mobilize their organization.Armed with camera phones, laptops and an iron will, these courageous individuals communicate their message to the world even without the journalists imprisoned by Ahmadinejad’s repressive regime.Censorship, harassment, intimidation, coercion, mass arrests, public beatings and de-facto executions by government-sponsored death squads. These are the harsh realities of living under tyranny. If the Tea Party movement’s petulant populists want to witness its horrors first-hand, I implore them to purchase a one-way ticket to Tehran. I suspect they’ll be in for a rude awakening.Read more @

  • tmcproductions2004

    Their convention drew 600 people and was the talk of the nation. I have been to weddings bigger than that. But the media like whack jobs like this and will no doubt promote them to a level of importance they really dont deserve.As for the christian right, they would be a perfect fit for these people. They want rights taken away from people who disagree with them too. The right to vote, the right to have an abortion, the right to be an atheist in their “judeo christian” –universe are all to be banned if you disagree with them. The true irony is that these whackos crying for freedom, do not like living in a democracy at all!!!!

  • persiflage

    ‘At last weekend’s inaugural Tea Party Convention, there was much bloviating about “oppressed” Americans “suffering” under the Obama Administration’s “tyranny.”’And I can’t remember when a significant portion of the white population in America were proportionately such a bunch of raging dumbasses. These idiots are beginning to give old white guys like me a bad name :^) Please count me in the ‘other’ 50% of the population – the Obama side.And I prefer roses to guns…two significant symbols in the headlines as we approach another Valentine’s Day. Because of a handgun in the hands of a festering homocidal maniac, three more people won’t see the roses.But I can see/hear the Teabaggers/NRA idiots chanting in the blogosphere, ‘guns don’t kill, guns don’t kill………’. Tragic and pitiful.

  • spidermean2

    Cute But DestructiveThis is the model liberal democrat idiots follow. Policies that are cute in the beginning but self-destructive in the long run. As little kids, gays are effeminate which many people find cute. As they grow into adults they become filthy coz they want sex with their kind.Gays in the military seems cute now but filthy in the long run when gays will outnumber the shower rooms and generals having male boyfriends.Socialist policies are cute now but filthy when the budget gets bloated in the long run.The list goes on and this kind of CUTE BUT DESTRUCTIVE policy is inherent in liberal democrat idiots.In fact the two wars we have now and the economic turmoil we’re in are policies which can be traced far back to Bill Clinton’s policies. The worst is still coming courtesy of Bill Clinton’s CUTE BUT DESTRUCTIVE liberal democrat policies.All their stupidity will culminate to an ultimate destruction of their cities.There are republicans too who are idiots but nothing can match the stupidity of liberal dems. Even Rahm Emanuel called them RETARDED.

  • spidermean2

    Cute But DestructiveThis is the model liberal democrat idiots follow. Policies that are cute in the beginning but self-destructive in the long run. As little kids, gays are effeminate which many people find cute. As they grow into adults they become filthy coz they want sex with their kind.Gays in the military seems cute now but filthy in the long run when gays will outnumber straights in the shower rooms and generals having male boyfriends.Socialist policies are cute now but filthy when the budget deficit gets bloated in the long run.The list goes on and this kind of CUTE BUT DESTRUCTIVE policy is inherent in liberal democrat idiots.In fact the two wars we have now and the economic turmoil we’re in are policies which can be traced far back to Bill Clinton’s policies. The worst is still coming courtesy of Bill Clinton’s CUTE BUT DESTRUCTIVE liberal democrat policies.All their stupidity will culminate to an ultimate destruction of their cities.There are republicans too who are idiots but nothing can match the stupidity of liberal dems. Even Rahm Emanuel called them RETARDED. Tea Party is way more refreshing than a party of liberal retards.

  • persiflage

    ‘All their stupidity will culminate to an ultimate destruction of their cities.’But Spidermean’s city will be spared!Hallelujah!!Folks – let’s get real. Nobody could possibly be born this stupid. Even a chimp has got to be smarter than this comicbook character. In fact, if we put 100 chimps to work on typewriters for the next 1000 years, I’ll bet they could come with something that would put Spidermean to shame……of course to be fair, we’d have to give him the same 1000 years – still, I’m betting on the chimps. Or, it could be a paid political announcement direct from the Teabaggers.

  • spidermean2

    “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Mt 24:22)These verse seems impossible to occur when viewed 60 years ago or 2000 years ago when it was told.At any given time, it’s possible now but the the chimps typing words in typewriters are way too fictional up to now. That’s the difference between sane and insane. These lib democrats are truly insane.Even their global warming forecast is shattered by the fact that even Florida and many in the deep south is covered with snow.I can’t recall when the idiots hit it in the nail. The Tea Party is like soap. Washing away the filth the idiotic libs make.

  • arancia12

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.Of course the Tea Baggers will join with the Christian right. They all hate liberals. They will bargain with the devil to get conservatives in office and then worry about the wreckage of America later. Zealots always find reasons to band together. The Tea Baggers say they are not Republicans and yet Republicans have sponsored many of their events. You only need look as far back as the US and the Soviet Union uniting to defeat Germany. When Germany was vanquished all pretense at friendship failed and the cold war ensued.It’s going to be very ugly.

  • barferio

    Every day spidermean fulfills my worst prejudices against christians, and True Believers in general.I suppose I should thank him for that.

  • mls3

    I do not think the religious right will join the Tea Party, but the Republicans will embrace the Tea Party and the Religious Right and the combination will beat the Democrats and restore the government to the real working people who contribute to society and to businesses who grow the jobs. The idea that government can creat jobs is insane!!!!! The idea that the present proposals for health care reform will be good for those who already pay is also insane. The current administration is totally socialist and is trying to destroy our democracy.

  • steveboyington

    Tea Party are neo-segregationists. Tancredo and Palin? Please. You ain’t got enough lipstick to cover up the real push. Get rid of the furriners. Get rid of the non-Christians. Go back to what America was back when the Constitution was written. They don’t hide it. Why should their fans?

  • kcbratton

    TERM LIMITS………TERM LIMITS…..TERM LIMITS……..IS THE WAY TO GO…..VOTE EM OUT REPUB OR DEMS IF THEY DON’T SUPPORT TERM LIMITS….CLEAN HOUSE…NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS..

  • Utahreb

    The Tea Baggers lost this long-time registered Independent voter when they designated Palin as their keynote speaker. Add the Christian Right and you have a recipe for disaster for most Independents.Smaller government and government out of our pocket books is fine, but government in our bedrooms and private lives is not fine. As an “equal opportunity heathen” I sure don’t want Palin and other religious freakazoids dictating to me!

  • ztcb41

    Last time I looked folks the tea party is the Republicans party, and won’t go no where because they are not the majority of American’s who seek the change America voted for when they threw the Republicans out of office after eight disastrous years in office that has left America’s economy in ruins and our image in tatters!

  • willemkraal

    TEABAGGERS ARE NOT THAT STUPID , THEY KNOW THAT RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING IT TOUCHES!

  • JimMF

    Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and the rest of the liberal Democrats ignored the warnings of Bush and Republicans in Congress when they pointed to financial problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during Bush’s term. Democrats like Franklin Raines, CEO of Fannie Mae, was getting huge payouts for running the institution in the ground.During his community orgranizing in Chicago, BARACK OBAMA pressured banks to hand out high risk loans. THE SAME HIGH RISK LOANS THAT GOT US INTO THIS FINANCIAL CRISIS.The liberals have blood on their hands and they point to Bush for the blame AND IDIOTS BELIEVE THEM.

  • wm1322

    Of course Christians will join. By definition they are followers and in practice, they are easily swayed. Integrate an anti-abortion spin into virtually any issue (or a prayer-in-schools or an anti-gay-marriage issue for that matter)and the Christian Right falls into place like sheep.

  • djah

    What a revealing column!!!

  • vigor

    The Republican Party and Fox News are the largest supporters of the Tea Party Movement.The Republican Party caused the deficit and TARP and the bailouts; which are the primary topics of anger by the Tea Partiers.yet, the Republican Party WILL count on the votes of the Tea Partiers.and I bet they will get them.

  • razzl

    The tea party people are the subset of the political spectrum who in the past voted for the libertarians, Lyndon Larouche, Ross Perot, etc. They are politically and socially naive, and it is characteristic of them (and unfortunately, characteristic of the new dumbed-down MSM) that they are unaware of their ideological heritage.The Christian right is organized and moved by fanatical egomaniacs who use religion as a tool for building power for themselves. They will only suffer the tea party libertarians as convenient fools in quest of their more sinister aims…

  • beagun27

    The Teaparty and the so called “Christian” Right should remember that virtually all the conflicts in history (outside WW I and II, Vietnam), as well as most of the current civil wars and conflicts have been caused by religious differences.

  • spidermean2

    I can’t remember the time when liberal idiots hit the nail on the head. That was what I meant. Sorry. When you talk to monkeys, you end up thinking like a monkey yourself.Amazing how idiots would think that monkeys are man’s long lost relatives. Unless they think that they are almost as smart as monkeys.Yup, you guess it right. All these liberal idiots really believe in Darwin’s theory.

  • APaganplace

    “”I can’t remember the time when liberal idiots hit the nail on the head. “”I’m sorry, did someone hit you too hard, last time? :)

  • APaganplace

    Do you remember the last time…

  • YEAL9

    “WelcomeWelcome to the National Tea Party page. The citizens of the United States of America needed a place where Fiscal Consciousness could be discussed, requested and in fact, demanded of our legislators. To our Legislators: You are responsible to the citizens who live in your jurisdiction, be it city, county, state or the United States of America. Your job is to support your constituants within the bounds of our local, state or national constitutions. We the citizens do not have unlimited funds to support your extravagant spending. We do not want large government. And we want fewer taxes and a balanced budget!”From: http://www.nationalteaparty.org/about

  • cprferry

    “Christians may not want to get involve here because the Master said: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,… (Mt. 22:17).What is Caesar’s is God’s. What is God’s is not for Caesar alone. Caesar deserves respect and loyalty to rule. To rule for the common good, taxes and support may be due. However, Caesar has no claim to our dignity or our faith.