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The Latest Absurd Tea Party Smear: Its Driven By An Inter-Racial Sex Phobia

Posted on September 21 2010 3:00 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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"Where all the white women at?"

The Tea Party movement is motivated at its core by “fear of sex, race, and inter-racial ‘pollution.’” So says author David Rosen in a recent CounterPunch article.

The operative word is “says,” not “argues.” No argument is present in Rosen’s embarrassingly unfocused rant. Like a high school math student who neglects to show their work, Rosen skips straight from preconception to conclusion without bothering to offer a premise or supporting evidence. The Tea Party hates sex and brown people, Rosen says, punctuating the accusation with a list of personal scandals.

Delaware candidate [Christine] O’Donnell proposed in a 1996 MTV program and again in a 1998 article, “The Case for Chastity,” that masturbation is sinful and that looking at pornography is equivalent to adultery…

The New York gubernatorial candidate [Carl] Paladino has come under increasing media scrutiny for a growing number of apparent indiscretions. They include revelations about his collection of Internet porn which he gladly shares with his construction-industry “buddies” and racially-provocative e-mails depicting Pres. Obama as an African tribesman or a ‘70s-era pimp (with his wife, Michelle, depicted as a “ho”). More troubling are revelations about his extra-marital affair with an employee and the “love child” he fathered.

What is most striking about these incidents is not the specific actions, but the fact that Tea Party proponents have shrugged off these embarrassments as inconsequential in assessing their candidates for public office. With an almost, aw-shucks attitude, the Tea Party right sees the values and actions of their candidates like the conduct of ordinary folk, their next-door neighbors.

What follows is truly astounding.

In fairness, a candidate’s private actions, to the extent that they are not criminal (e.g., pedophilia, rape) or inflict real suffering on another (e.g., physical and psychological abuse), shouldn’t be the principal factor in evaluating the candidate’s competency to govern.

Then why are we talking about them?! Such incongruity dominates Rosen’s entire piece. He first says…

… the Tea Party’s appeal to traditional Christian values, its unstated secret agenda, was publicly exposed by the O’Donnell and Paladino revelations. At the heart of this unstated agenda are white Christian America’s deep-seated fears of sex, race and interracial “pollution.”

… only to repeatedly concede that sex is a non-issue within the Tea Party.

The movement, drawing upon its more libertarian stains, has sought to impose restraint on its most reactionary tendencies…

Which is it? Is the Tea Party movement a bunch of fascistic prudes bent on the craft of unadulterated whiteness, or libertarians who could care less what anyone does in their bedroom?

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