Posts tagged "tea party"

Liberty, the Word

From Ryan Lizza's profile of Michele Bachmann at The New Yorker:
Liberty is the concept—or at least the word—most resonant with the Republican Party’s Tea Party faction, which Bachmann’s Presidential aspirations depend upon. It is a peculiarity of the current political moment that a politician with a history of pushing sectarian religious beliefs in government...

The Past upon Its Throne

by Scott Korb A look at Jill Lepore’s The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History In her recent book, The Whites of Their Eyes, Harvard historian and regular New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore takes a close look at the Tea Party and calls it fundamentalist. The...

Small-r Rebellion

Gary Younge, a feature writer for the Guardian, has written that the Tea Party is "not a new phenomenon. It's simply a new name for an old phenomenon – the American hard right."  A disparate, loose group of previously unnamed ideas and motivations, with a boat load of money and its own TV channel.
The...

Hog-Driving Cleric

From Michael Miller's profile of the new Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, printed this week in the Miami New Times:
Wenski is unlike anything the church has ever seen. He's a hard-charging, hog-driving cleric and licensed pilot who speaks six languages fluently. In the past seven months, he has come on like a blessed freight...

The Tea Party Finds Newt’s God

This week Digby wondered if Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, is making a move to appear more Godly in order to get the Tea Party nomination for president in 2012.  It's a worthy question, now that a multitude of observers (read Jonathan Kay, Barbara Bradley HagertySarah Posner, David Dayen,

Tea Party Theology

From "Is the Tea Party becoming a religious movement?" by Jeff Sharlet at CNN.
Liberals and centrists wring their hands over Miller and giggle about O'Donnell, hoping that her political hopelessness somehow proves that the movement isn't going. They compile lists of what they take to be her craziest statements, such as her confession that...

But is it Evangelism?

by Daniel Schultz A church down in Gainesville is planning to hold an "International Burn A Quran Day" on 9/11, part of its larger "Islam is of the Devil" campaign. The pastor talks about the point of the event in an interview with the Friendly Atheist:
Do you think Muslims will turn to Christ as...

Rand Paul and the Tsunami of Biblical Proportions

Probably the most astute journalist commenting on Rand Paul's sweep in Kentucky is friend of The Revealer, Adele Stan. At AlterNet, Stan writes that Paul's victory, "represents the first real toe-hold that the old lions of the New Right have really gotten inside the Republican Party proper," and puts his recent...

Gluttony Gospel.

It's an old lesson: God rewards the enterprising. And that's the case that several Market Masters, including Goldman Sach's shameless leader Lloyd Blankenfein, who proclaimed sketchy trading practices as "God's work," have successfully made since Wall Street pushed the national economy into a pit some 18 months ago. I say successfully because, despite ample...