For fans of the HBO series "The Newsroom", you'll no doubt remember a recent episode ("The Greater Fool" S01/E10) where the argument is made that the TEA Party is nothing more than an American version of the Taliban. Among the arguments made in support of this theory are the following "TEA Party traits":
A fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
Unmoved by facts
Undeterred by new information
A hostile fear of progress
A demonization of education
A need to control women's bodies
Intolerance of dissent
So I put it to you my fellow Hubbers; do you agree or disagree with the statement:
The Tea Party the American Taliban
Sometimes I forget "The Newsroom" is a fictional show.
Sometimes I find myself screaming at the TV, "Why wasn't this airing in 2010!??"
And why did it have to end months before November?
By June 2013 it may be too late!
I find I have felt much calmer and happier since I stopped paying attention to Tea Party Love child. What is hilarious is when hippie types join the Tea Party movement, but to each his own.
You say the Tea Party is "unmoved by facts" and yet you offer nothing but an emotional statement. Quite simply, the Tea Party is concerned with too much federal spending and too many entitlements.
As for "scriptural literalism", there may be many members of the Tea Party who are fiscally conservative but many be agnostic in theology and perhaps will even take a libertarian view to issues like gay marriage and abortion.
It wasn't "my statement" (it came from a TV Show), but in the interests of furthering the discussion here's one to start with: in 2010 they claimed that the US Government was over 60% of GDP, it was 38% (CBO Jan 2011 Report).
As for "Scriptural Literalism", I'm not even going to touch that one; the thought of having a Religious discussion inside of a Political one is a good way to send this discussion down the tubes... rapidly.
I will say this on the subject: while it is undeniable that the Tea Party is a socially conservative movement, and that there is a strong Christian contingent within that movement, I don't agree that they are controlled by "Scriptural Literalism".
by crankalicious 5 years ago
Is it fair to refer to the Tea Party as the American Taliban?I think I saw a bumper sticker that said this. Obviously, this would be a very liberal position, but are there any actual similarities? Is this a statement you would support or oppose?
by robertbutts 5 years ago
What is the difference between the Taliban and the Tea party?One would shoot a young girl in the head who stands up for her human rights and the other would jail a woman for making choices about her own body.
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