The Left’s War on Tea Partiers

Opponents of the popular expression of conservative opposition to big government, the tea party, regularly note that tea partiers are overwhelmingly white. This is intended to disqualify the tea parties from serious moral consideration.

But there are two other facts that are far more troubling:

The first is the observation itself. The fact that the Left believes that the preponderance of whites among tea partiers invalidates the tea party movement tells us much more about the Left than it does about the tea partiers.

It confirms that the Left really does see the world through the prism of race, gender and class rather than through the moral prism of right and wrong.

One of the more dangerous features of the Left has been its replacement of moral categories of right and wrong, and good and evil with three other categories: black and white (race), male and female (gender) and rich and poor (class).

Therefore the Left pays attention to the skin color — and gender (not just “whites” but “white males”) — of the tea partiers rather than to their ideas.

One would hope that all people would assess ideas by their moral rightness or wrongness, not by the race, gender or class of those who hold them. But in the world of the Left, people are taught not to assess ideas but to identify the race, class and gender of those who espouse those ideas. This helps explain the widespread use of ad hominem attacks by the Left: Rather than argue against their opponents’ ideas, the Left usually dismisses those making the argument disagreed with as “racist,” “intolerant,” “bigoted,” “sexist,” “homophobic” and/or “xenophobic.”

You’re against race-based affirmative action? No need to argue the issue because you’re a racist. You’re a tea partier against ever-expanding government? No need to argue the issue because you’re a racist.

As a Leftist rule of thumb — once again rendering intellectual debate unnecessary and impossible — white is wrong or bad, and non-white is right and good; male is wrong and bad, and female is right and good; and the rich are wrong and bad, and the poor right and good. For the record, there is one additional division on the Left — strong and weak — to which the same rule applies: The strong are wrong and bad, and the weak are right and good. That is a major reason for Leftist support of the Palestinians (weak) against the Israelis (strong), for example.

This is why, to cite another example, men are dismissed when they oppose abortion. The idea is far less significant than the sex of the advocate. As for women who oppose abortion on demand, they are either not authentically female or simply traitors to their sex. Just as the Left depicts blacks who oppose race-based affirmative action as not authentic blacks or are traitors to their race.

In this morally inverted world, the virtual absence of blacks from tea party rallies cannot possibly reflect anything negative on the black and minority absence, only on the white tea partiers.

But in a more rational and morally clear world, where people judge ideas by their legitimacy rather than by the race of those who held them, people would be as likely to ask why blacks and ethnic minorities are virtually absent at tea parties just as they now ask why whites predominate. They would want to know if this racial imbalance said anything about black and minority views or necessarily reflected negatively on the whites attending those rallies.

And if they did ask such un-PC questions, they might draw rather different conclusions than the Left’s. First, they would know that the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics no more implied racism on the part of tea partiers than the near-absence of blacks and Hispanics in the New York Philharmonic implies racism on the art of that orchestra.

Second, they might even, Heaven forbid, conclude that it does not reflect well on the political outlook of blacks and Hispanics that they so overwhelmingly identify with ever-larger government. Leftist big-government policies have been disastrous for black America just as they were in the countries that most Hispanics emigrated from. But like the gambling addict who keeps gambling the more he loses, those addicted to government entitlements keep increasing the size of the government even as their situation worsens.

Finally, if one eschews the “racism” explanation and asks real questions, one might also conclude that America generally, and conservatives specifically, have failed to communicate America’s distinct values — E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust, and Liberty (which includes small government) — to blacks and Hispanics.

Unfortunately, however, no real exploration of almost any important issue in American life is possible as long as the Left focuses on the race, gender and class of those who hold differing positions. And that will not happen. For when the Left stops attacking people and starts arguing positions, we will see what the Left most fears: blacks and Hispanics at tea parties.

  • Dennis X

    Limited goverment where were the t-baggers when bush was expanding the national debt? Oh, thats right he was white. YOU WANT YOUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!!!!

    • tony

      Dennis X, where are the anti-war rallies now that Obama's president? Oh, that's right, he's black.

  • Joe

    The left see all the anti immigration, anti government, pro gun people as white supremest terrorists.

  • rossabh

    I would suggest also dividing the Left into multiple categoriers: 1. The purveyors of the classes which you describe who use it as I described in August of 2009 in ARE SOROS AND THE DEMOCRATS PROMOTING RACISM FOR PROFIT? at __ is not their prism but their weapon – They are a CABAL comprised of all of the people they disparage – strong and powerful + white males + rich 2. What I term the Selectively Stupid who do not see how ludicrous the claims of Category 1 people are – They have the mental capacity, but block information which challenges the position which they want to believe because that would destroy their fantasy. These are the people you describe who are programmed and judge in that way 3. The mooreons who do not have the mental capacity to analyze the information which they receive and respond to emotion without logical analysis__

  • Tar_n_Feathers

    The faded and worn race card is always a weak argument at best. I can just as easily play the same card 180 degrees around. I submit that the reason the Tea Party movement is predominantly white is that blacks and Hispanics refuse to associate with whites. How 'bout that? Call me a racist if you must, but don't insult my intelligence.

  • Utopian

    Have you noticed a general increase of the insanity ruling our world? I'll never force another's will to believe as I, but I believe our world is just like the cruise ship, Titanic, and its leaders are playing the role of captain saying, full speed ahead–right into an iceberg. The saddest part is that the obstacles are directly ahead of us in plain view, and yet, man plows ahead, blind to his blunder. Economically, environmentally, and emotionally, the cruelty of human nature keeps rearing its ugly head. And its sole reason is pride. How many refuse the honor that comes through humility! It seems that all we do is to promote a product's benefits, never its limitations, whether of business, religion or government. And this applies to our definition of freedom that we impose around the world (which is really no freedom for those victimized by its abuse). As long as this facade of virtue is allowed to continue in American ethics the course of this nation will never change.

  • Deb

    You know what's authentically female? Laying down your life for your child. So what does that make a female who makes her own child lay down its life for her?

  • juliet stuart

    Deb, what color koolaide are you drinking? That has to be the most ignorant statement I have ever seen. It must be the same stuff Utopian is drinking also. "Facade of virture"? Oh I'm impressed, did you think that would get you an A on your paper? Your facade of intelligence wouldn't fool an intern. "Our definition of freedom that WE impose around the world?" Give me a break! Ask the little girls in Afghanistan that are poisened if they go to school. Ask the women that are forced to have their clitorus cut off when they are little girls what they think of our "freedom". Ask the women that were forced to marry at the age of 7–which is what the mullahs in Pakistan have decreed is the Islamic law. Ask the people who proudly dispayed their purple finger, showing they had voted–against all odds.
    Ask the families of the ones who jumped from the World Trade Buildings.

    T think that our soldiers are dying to protect punks like you….

  • Dennis X

    You impose segregation on people of color then when you say its okay now we're suppose to just come dancing and a grinning back. I don't think so. Case in point, why don't whites sent their kids to historically Black schools, ie. Howard, Morehouse etc.. ,( great education) but you expect Black kids to be comforable in all white institutions. T-baggers like yourself are racist, why would any person of color want to be around you.

    • buzzard

      Odd, I knew a guy in college who transferred to Temple and graduated there. He certainly seemed to be white when I knew him. I guess maybe he eventually picked up one hell of a tan.

  • PAthena

    I know white people who attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.

  • 080

    The "left" is clearly anti-white male. It is also anti-white Christian and Jewish male. It is also anti-dead white male. Note that it is not anti-white gay white male. That is why about 62% of white males vote Republican. So I advise the "Left" to keep it up.

  • Dennis X

    yeah , both of them.

  • Samuel


    Maybe you should re-read this whole blog. The tea parties have nothing to do with race, but with common principles. You make Dennis Prager's point by seeing nothing but race, and since you use the "T-baggers" term you appear to have other issues. Focus, principles do you have principles? Principles are color blind.

    BTW, your "case in point" would only work if there was imposed segregation at either black or white institutions.


  • Dennis X

    My point is that these principles existed under the prior adminstration but there were no t-baggin going on, the difference is the color of the president. And yes color is issuse in the article. Re; an imposed seregation , yes at one time there was imposed segregation by whites, now the segregation is self imposed, again by whites.

  • Democracy First

    Ever wonder why Bush polled so badly in his second term? It wasn't because liberals turned on him. They were always counted on the "disapprove" side of the ledger. Nor were independents the sole reason. it was because conservatives turned on him. And that was in no small part because he enlarged government. In fact, that's why many independents also turned. And now many of those same conservatives and independents have formed the Tea Party, in rebellion against not just Obama – who took Bush's prolifigacy and transformed it into a fiscal hurricane – but the Republican Party too. Why? Because they aren't convinced that party is truly serious either about getting the looming disaster reversed.

  • Tar_n_Feathers

    WTF??? To whom am I imposing segregation? Geez, some people can't even play the race card right. My absurd example was meant to point out the idiocy and narrow mindedness of the race baiting game. Sorry it went over your head DX.

    BTW, are you implying that I'm a white? If so, based on what? Do you suppose I might be black? I think everyone here might get a laugh out of your theories on race.

    • Dennis X

      I need some of what your smoking. No one said that the defacto segregation at HBCS was anything but self-imposed by whites themseleves, the only time said segregation was legal it was imposed by whites. My point is that whites have given up excellent opportunies in order not to intergrate with Blacks. And I didn't imply any thing about your race , your confused no matter what color you are.

  • martha

    You are aware that no one is telling Blacks or Latinos not to come to Tea Parties, the choice to go is an individual one. If they want to go to a Tea Party they will be welcomed.
    The head of my Tea Party group is a Black woman, now what say you?

  • Rifleman

    Good job proving Tar_n_Feathers' point.

    What's a person of no color, the invisible man?

    What's an all white institution? What's segregation? Those were extinct in Dekalb County Georgia before I started school 38 years ago in '72. You need to find another crutch, and another excuse for your resentment. It's plain why few decent people of any color would want to be around such a ray of sunshine.

    • Dennis X

      What resnetment , I enjoyed not having whites on campus. You've made my point for me. Your correct , legal segregation hasn't been around since the 60's but defacto/ sel-impose by whites on themselves still exist today, WHY? And what the hell does slavery on the African continent have to do with anything. Can or will any of you simply answer the question.

      • Rifleman

        You didn't ask a question in the post I responded to, and you now say you enjoyed what you're complaining about.

        When yuppies started moving into East Lake (I'm assuming a former Morehouse student is familiar with Atlanta) and Candler Park, and started fixing up those big old houses that had 'somehow' become dilapidated, were you one of the ones whining about "gentrification," and how those were causing property values (and thus their rent) to increase?

        Ask a young or middle aged successful native of Boulevard why they moved to Lawrenceville, Duluth, or Sugar Hill (as the AJC does every so often), and they'll tell you the crime and poor schools caused them to 'segregate' themselves from their own race. Some realize it's not race, it's an immorality breeding dependency culture and mentality they're escaping. No race is immune, but it's more visible with the population concentration in the cities, and more pronounced in the Black community because the special attention they got from the dependency plantation owners made the damage there much worse.

      • Rifleman

        My reference to slavery and the African continent was because of neighbors I’ve had that immigrated from E. Africa, and they think people like you are ungrateful fools. They’re right. This guy’s son was a good kid, but was running with the wrong crowd, and the cops brought him home to his dad a few times. I could hear the kid spouting the standard bs about the racists, and how ‘the man’ was just picking on him and putting him down (when they could have hauled him to juvi) because he was black. His dad sent him back to the home country to serve an enlistment in their tribal army. You’ve got to understand, surviving a hitch in their tribal army was dicey, because the practitioners of the religion of peace were preying on their tribe, which was mostly Christian or pagan. This man had at least four bullet and dozens of fragment scars that were apparent when he did yard work. That’s tough love, and his son survived (I didn’t find out how it ended up ‘til a few weeks ago) to become the man and productive upwardly mobile American citizen he should be.

    • Dennis X

      I lived in Atlanta for 3 years, 1976-79 and the kkk was hot and heavy then, Has it changed at all. I hear the city has become real gay. Do u hang out at stone mountain.Tell the truth .

      • Rifleman

        BS about the kkk, they were run out of Atlanta by '74, and like the skinheads in the 80's, were run out of town by a multiracial coalition of *ss kickers.

        You know Midtown and Ansley Park have been "real gay" since the mid-70s, it just means nicer yards and more available women for us flamin' hetros. I'll bust on gay people when they're being unreasonable, goofy, or Aholes, like I will anybody else, but I noticed a long time ago it's usually people that are insecure about their own s*xuality that dislike people just because they're gay. Gay men can’t help being attracted to me any more than I can help not being attracted to them, or help how much Melanin is in my skin for that matter. It's never too late to grow up.

      • Rifleman

        I grew up in Forrest Park 'til two and a half ('68), Gresham Park 'til eight, and Tucker 'til I turned 18 and left home. From 4th Grade on, Stone Mountain Park was a 5 mile bike ride, and was one of my favorite playgrounds (especially the restricted areas). I used to run up and down the mountain once a day to stay in shape. I’d still be if my dog was still welcome. The only kkk I ever saw in that area was one old man, the rest that didn't grow up or die off had been run off by then. We grew up and moved on, it’s time you did as well.

  • Democracy First

    As I wrote above:
    1) Bush`s poll numbers dove in his second term, exactly because those who would eventually form the Tea Party were turning on him for his profligate ways, and
    2) Whereas Bush was spendthrift, Obama is fiscal runaway storm.

    • Dennis X

      She's confused.

      • Democracy First

        I was responding to you.

  • DeadReckoning

    The left is ignorant of history and what it was that made this country. They are absorbed in a political idea that was spawned by just a few individuals and not the self generation of the citizens of this nation. They are shaded by passion and ignore the logic of reason and history. Hopefully, ignorance can be fixed, stupid is forever.

  • Tar_n_Feathers

    Your feeble back-pedaling does not obscure your prejudice of race reflected in your previous comments. When you claim that "whites" will not "integrate" with "blacks" there must be a state of segregation in which one must enter. Just who is doing the segregating, and motivated by what? In addition to your theories on race, it would be revealing to hear your views on this as well.

  • Don from Canada

    So now you're a racist and a sexist?

    Good work lefty.

  • Samuel

    Maybe she has principles and puts the Constitution ahead of her race…maybe she sees dependency on government handouts just another form of enslavement. And maybe if you see her as being confused because she is black, that would make you a racist?


  • Don from Canada

    "I enjoyed not having whites on campus". If I had said "I enjoyed not having blacks on campus" people would be jumping all over me calling me a racist.

    You truly are a racist. And you have proven it to the left's standards of racism (and mine!)

  • Dennis X

    Oh yeah the constitution written by white male land owners, a few of which were slave owners, she wasn't even considered a human being, yes she's confused. Government handouts, hell all I do is pay taxes, I can't even get some chesse . Do you or will you get soical security or medicare, handouts, well give them back.

  • Kit2010

    "the Left usually dismisses those making the argument disagreed with as “racist,” “intolerant,” “bigoted,” “sexist,” “homophobic” and/or “xenophobic.”"

    You forgot Nazi.

  • buzzard

    You forgot to call her an Oreo. Keep up with the epithets or the Left will disown you.

  • Dennis X

    My point is , whites do not go to HBCS, my question is why not when there is no legal segregation. Why is there white flight when there is no legal segregation. Could it be race ? Most white people think all Blacks are all gang members etc. and yes, there are bad people on both sides, but the majority of us aren't. I deal with people as individuals but when it comes to a group think , yes I'm prejudice because of the majority of bs I've had to deal with. Angery , no , its all part of life in america.

  • Dennis X

    Thank you , yes I am. And now so are those students at ucsd, ussc and ucsb, hey! If your really up north its alot different than down here. I loved Canada, but there are red necks there to.

    • Rifleman

      There's rednecks everywhere, and of every race.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    That whole "Nazi", "racist" leftist diatribe has completely lost any meaning. The historical context of those words has been lost for several generations. Well done Alinsky and Chomsky and Zinn. You three scuzz-bunnies have succeeded in dumbing down two generations of people; to the point where they no longer have a historical reference for certain words. Despite the success of the leftist indoctrinators of America's children, the other side continues to thrive and grow, With each sustained invective against the Tea Partiers, their ranks swell with new members. Just goes to show that Inerrent perspicuity will always win out over impotent pedagogy in a free society.

  • Dennis X

    Sexist, maybe, racist , got to be. What's crackin in T-town, hey. Had some great times there.