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Tea Party Fundys

Updated on July 4, 2011

The Same Plot?

The idea of The Narrative that has many well-off and well-educated Muslims adopting radical fundamentalism got me to thinking if something similar may explain how people can support something like the Tea Party, which to me is basically a movement with the vision of America as a sort of "Corporate State".

I also got to thinking about the elements that I see of religious fundamentalism, and how that might extend to the free-market fundamentalism that might be the philosophical base of the Tea Party.

For one, religious fundamentalism springs out of a resistance to change. Be it scientific discovery, or social advances. In the case of the Tea Party, it may be combination of a member of a conservative "outgroup" being elected President, and the desire of President Obama to make corporations accountable.

Second, fundamentalist religions tend to simplify things into an "us versus them". The Tea Partiers have this idea; you're either a "Real American" or a "Socialist". Fundamentalists have the idea of the faithful and the infidel. It's likely a necessity as both religious fundamentalists and the Tea Party draw much of their support from the less educated.

The final common theme is that both actually, in their efforts to defend something; be it a faith or an idea, they reject it. Religious fundamentalists tend to remove the ideas of compassion and dignity of all that their faith espouses, and the Tea Party's vision of a Corporate State is perhaps closer to the fascism that they accuse their opponents of.

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      soumyasrajan 

      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! TPC

      I live in Mumbai but visit USA often for long periods. Some of the points you make do make sense. One does require to watch carefully any new gathering coming in which depends more on slogans than substance. But do you not feel it has to be done in a little cool manner. Just now they have just started (look who is opposing them more than perhaps democrats -Karl Rove, I saw the news that he was strongly opposed to one candidate who won, does that not say much).

      Reading your article, I see one aspect. You may criticize Tea Party people to the extreme, label them with what ever adjective you may think of fundamentalists, fools or what not. But tone of your article does make you also look not very different from them (us verses them). It does not matter much whether you are left or right but throwing mud on others with out really talking much substance does not help any one. Only thing it does is, brings down one's personality and keeps the person engaged in a useless verbal duels (You can see that in your comment exchanges too). Such an attitude only brings the country and society down. It just creates a mess in the country.

      I have seen this phenomena in India for decades and harms it caused are immensely many - a country very rich is now looking very poor. This is one such result- but people in main stream politics, media and press still continue such mudslinging. It is just fortunate that silent Majority was away from this game and country is now just little out from the mess which was created. Now I see similar phenomena generating in USA.

      Majority of people - the silent majority in USA (or any country for that matter) are already sick of this kind of game. I hope you also see that such abusive attitudes towards any body is not desirable. Do not get just worked up reading news in the main stream media/press or statements of politicians (there is very little doubt today that they are generally motivated in one direction inspired by what we call in India, vote bank politics or trp/circulation ratings). There is a lot fortunately available on net etc. to form a proper opinion on any subject, then act on it in a little cool manner. I wish people like you put efforts to get the country out of quagmires and mess already created, rather than increasing such a mess.

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      MikeTheRhino 

      8 years ago from Staten Island

      Spot on accurate portrayal of the tea party neocons attempting to use corporate fundamentalism to defeat anything that doesn't fit their fascist vision of America.

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      Steven Miller 

      8 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      I understood it. You are right again. I never thought of it in such a way. However it makes perfect sense. As with religious fanatics they are typically fighting for something in which is not tangible. In other words they are fighting against something where if they knew the truth they would despise. However they are kind of brain washed in a sense. The Tea Party is kind of like a big cult. This is a scary idea, if it keeps moving ahead with any sort of momentum. I doubt it will, however you never know.

      With any cult there is a point where the person is vulnerable and at this point we are all capable in being sucked in. Especially during things like "bad economic" times people tend to get sucked in. It is exactly what we are seeing. These heads of the Tea Party are not dumb, they know what they are doing. That is a little disheartening, as we can see it, however we cannot stop it. When you point out things like racism they just justify it. I have studied cults and the Tea Party, not all members but some fit the profile of a person in a cult. Down to the defense mechanisms they inhibit when they are cornered. A "rational" person can admit when their group oversteps societal boundaries. However a person influenced by a cult cannot. They stop thinking for themselves. Sound familiar, Tea Party! Check out a recent hub and the comments I got out of it people. https://hubpages.com/politics/Racist-Tea-Party-Mov...

      Talk about defense mechanisms one person accused me of "raping my daughter, and beating my wife." Perhaps a sick example however when you see the picture of my daughter right there, and think of such an analogy, there is something seriously wrong with you. Great hub again TPC.

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      OpinionDuck 

      8 years ago

      TPC

      I am sorry I didn't understand this hub.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 

      8 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Tom:

      Thanks for providing me a great example of what I was talking about.

      Rand Paul would be proud:P

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      tom hellert 

      8 years ago from home

      crasher-

      i wear glasses too so i can say this - "It may be time to get your checked" The Tea Party is not about corporations controling America the Tea Party is against socialism/communism of GOvernment Controil. THEY DO NOT WANT socialized medicine they want the FREE MARKET TO RULE. THE US IS WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD RULE NOT YOU THE GOVERNMENT-aS WE ARE SEEING MORE OF NOW - just not on the obama networks - anything but FOX we are seeing the "minorities" in the Tea party and they are starting to see the truth about this Socialist in the White house, who is the real destroyer of freedoms in the US- not the Tea Parties - OBama Socialism is trying to convert everything into State run- destroying the free market that has made America great-Other than the Military what Government run anything has worked????

      Stop trying to paint the Tea Partiers as something they are not-They are real AMERICANS WHO WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK from that socialist in the White House and his dirty democrat accom[lices in congress- Get those glasses checked... For your own good...

      Your pal,

      TH

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I like fundamentalists. You can point at them and tell your kids: `See, you gotta go to schoool, otherwise you`ll end-up like them, nutty!`

      All fundamentalists in my opinion have a self-destroy timer. Sooner or later, they screw themselves over by going so far off the radar that they fall off completely.

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