When a people are prepared to believe, beliefs are powerful and fungible.
I thought of that story when I read David Barstow's epic study of the all-white Tea Party movement. The Tea Party movement is rife with fear and rumor, and it is ready to believe.
The Tea Party had its roots in the GOP, but now it's largely lead by Glenn Beck. Wildly popular with a part of the GOP base the Tea Party is a threat to the corporate heart of the GOP - and Beck's Mormonism is an issue for GOP evangelicals.
So the Tea Party is mixed blessing for the GOP. That's a problem, but it's not the big problem.
The real problem is that the Tea Party is proving to be a "gateway drug" to the pro-terrorist Militia movement and a wide range of the far right fringe parties. Timothy McVeigh wannabes are warming up, just as they did for Clinton.
- Glenn Beck's white nationalist fans - Glenn Beck - Salon.com
- The fears of the GOP base - last defenders of America
- The roots of Klan 2.0 and 912 – A justified fear of change
- Palin, Noonan, and the fears of euro America
- Historian wanted: The American Liberty League and 1930s Fascism
- Frank Rich - The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged - NYTimes.com