We aren’t racist! We aren’t rac…hang on a second

It’s a lie that the Tea Party is not about pushing racist, bigoted agendas. All the movement represents is the philosophically incoherent libertarians of the Republican party. (Not that I want to suggest that there are a large number of Republicans who hold coherent philosophies, whether libertarian or not.) And here are some stats to back up this all-too-obvious fact.

Among whites who strongly support the Tea Party, 60 percent agreed that America “has gone too far in pushing equal rights.” By comparison, only 23 percent of white Tea Party opponents agreed with that statement.

Other findings from the survey:

  • 94 percent of Tea Party opponents said American society “should do whatever is necessary to ensure equal opportunity.” Of all whites polled for the survey, 79 percent agreed with that statement. Tea Party supporters agreed less. Sixty-four percent said America should do whatever’s necessary.
  • 72 percent of Tea Party opponents concurred that “we don’t give everyone an equal chance in this country.” By comparison, 55 percent of all whites and 23 percent of strong tea party supporters concurred with that idea.
  • 77 percent of Tea Party opponents agreed that “if people were treated more equally, we’d have many fewer problems in this country.” By comparison, 54 percent of all whites and 31 percent of Tea Party supporters agreed.

  • 90 percent of Tea Party opponents dissented from the idea that the “government can detain people as long as it wishes without trial.” By comparison, 70 percent of all whites and 54 percent of Tea Party supporters dissented.
  • 72 percent of Tea Party opponents disagreed that the government should be able to tap people’s telephones. By comparison, 50 percent of all whites and 33 percent of Tea Party supporters held that position.
  • 94 percent of Tea Party opponents agreed that “no matter what a person’s political beliefs, he or she is entitled to the same rights as everyone else.” By comparison, 89 percent of all whites and 81 percent of Tea Party supporters agreed.
  • 74 percent of Tea Party opponents dissented from the idea that “the government should be allowed to profile someone because of race or religion.” By comparison, 57 percent of all whites and 33 percent of Tea Party supporters opposed such moves.

When teabaggers say they want more liberty, they mean for themselves.

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6 Responses

  1. Mr Hawkins,
    When one takes his statistics from sources that set out to prove their own agenda, it is neither accurate nor is it science.

    http://writewild.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/tea-party-human-racist/

    Perhaps more discussion, and less demonizing might be in order.

  2. My source is the University of Washington. It’s a phone survey.

    But then you’re a creationist mook, so I don’t expect evidence to sway you.

  3. When one takes his statistics from sources that set out to prove their own agenda, it is neither accurate […]

    Heh. That is so cute coming from someone who treats the Bible as an accurate source.

  4. Slater,
    I can appreciate your skepticism. No one can honestly come to fully accept the Bible as truth all in one go. But even for a skeptic there is value. Take the Proverbs, for example. They are a treasure trove of little bits of wisdom that helped make King Solomon incredibly famous, rich, and influential. But like all treasure, some digging and careful searching is usually required. – Writewild

  5. I would have loved to see the stat on what percentage of Tea Party supporters love the smell of gasoline, spray paint, and/or nail polish above all other smells. I bet it’s really, really high.

  6. @writewild:
    Well, proverbs aren’t exactly truth claims, so of course the Bible could contain some good ones from time to time. No one is saying that every word in the Bible is bad or wrong somehow. Of course there are nice things too – just rather far between.
    But as I understand it, the book of proverbs is supposed to be Solomon’s own proverbs, not God’s handed down to him. Please correct me if I’m wrong – but if so, these could just as easily be listed in any other book than the Bible.

    The possibility that one of the many authors of the Bible had a bit of brains is hardly an argument for the accuracy of the Bible in general.

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