Tea Partiers Care More About Godlier Government Than Smaller Government

Tea Party RallyHey tea partiers, is this insight from New York Magazine’s Daily Intel accurate:

In 2006, long before costume shops first began selling tri-corner hats to early adopters of the tea party movement, professors David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam “interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans” about their “political attitudes.” By re-interviewing many of the same people this summer, they were able to determine what type of person eventually became a tea partier. Some of what they found is about as shocking as an episode of Full House: Current tea-party supporters were likely to have been “highly partisan Republicans,” and “even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president.” One finding that is actually revealing, though:

Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek “deeply religious” elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller government, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government.

It’s no coincidence that Rick “I’ll Have God Fix All of Our Problems” Perry and Michele “I’ll Have God Pick My Campaign Staff” Bachmann combined captured 60 percent of the tea party movement’s support in the latest GOP primary poll. Of course, “more God” and “less government” are hardly mutually exclusive — in fact, some tea partiers, like Jim DeMint, see them as one in the same

[continues at New York Magazine's Daily Intel]

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  • StillAtMyMoms

    This shouldn’t be news.  All Disinfo readers should be aware that the Tea Partiers aren’t a legitimate grassroots movement.  They were co-opted by the ruling class from the get go into being duped to protest against their very own interests.  In other words: what moronic dumb asses.  That’s what you get for being ignorant.  They should seriously consider changing their movement to “Evangelical Honkies”.  (I’m white, BTW.)  The Religious Right v 2.0.  The ebb and flow of the false left-right paradigm.

    • Reasor

      It’s not new news, but it sure as hell bears repeating.  The best cure for fraud is sunlight.

      • Jin The Ninja

        and vampires.

        • Hadrian999

          vampires don’t cure fraud

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol. but sunlight kills ‘em.

          • Redacted

            Damn it Jin. I may be a Doctor, but this punchline is dead!

  • StillAtMyMoms

    This shouldn’t be news.  All Disinfo readers should be aware that the Tea Partiers aren’t a legitimate grassroots movement.  They were co-opted by the ruling class from the get go into being duped to protest against their very own interests.  In other words: what moronic dumb asses.  That’s what you get for being ignorant.  They should seriously consider changing their movement to “Evangelical Honkies”.  (I’m white, BTW.)  The Religious Right v 2.0.  The ebb and flow of the false left-right paradigm.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Hooray for deregulated earth raping, woman hating, democracy strangling Christian Theocracy that openly advocates doing whatever necessary for starting the apocalypse!

  • Wanooski

    Hooray for deregulated earth raping, woman hating, democracy strangling Christian Theocracy that openly advocates doing whatever necessary for starting the apocalypse!

  • Anonymous

    It’s not new news, but it sure as hell bears repeating.  The best cure for fraud is sunlight.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wouldn’t say thats the sole marker for tea party support…but they are right…its a big signpost for it. A lot of Christian dominionists who feel distrustful of both mainstream parties wanted a party of their own…a ‘GOP on steroids’ if you will…and in the process of coopting the Tea Party movement they flooded the local chapters and propped up babbling Christo-fascist whackjobs one after another. And that explains the cognitive dissonance in a party that announces “Less government is good…except when we have a religious issue with every part of how you live your daily life…and government is the ideal tool for taking control and imposing our beliefs on everyone!”

    What really hurts is being a believer in dissent…and feeling morally obliged to protect the rights of idiots who have no intention of supporting yours in return…who in fact, if they achieve any real power, would promptly strip others of the right to dissent or communicate views that are alien or hostile to their new establishment. Pathetic. The actual Founders of this country should be plugged into generators…because the spinning in their graves could be powering our cities for free.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I wouldn’t say thats the sole marker for tea party support…but they are right…its a big signpost for it. A lot of Christian dominionists who feel distrustful of both mainstream parties wanted a party of their own…a ‘GOP on steroids’ if you will…and in the process of coopting the Tea Party movement they flooded the local chapters and propped up babbling Christo-fascist whackjobs one after another. And that explains the cognitive dissonance in a party that announces “Less government is good…except when we have a religious issue with every part of how you live your daily life…and government is the ideal tool for taking control and imposing our beliefs on everyone!”

    What really hurts is being a believer in dissent…and feeling morally obliged to protect the rights of idiots who have no intention of supporting yours in return…who in fact, if they achieve any real power, would promptly strip others of the right to dissent or communicate views that are alien or hostile to their new establishment. Pathetic. The actual Founders of this country should be plugged into generators…because the spinning in their graves could be powering our cities for free.

    • Butter Knife

      “What really hurts is being a believer in dissent…and feeling morally
      obliged to protect the rights of idiots who have no intention of
      supporting yours in return…who in fact, if they achieve any real
      power, would promptly strip others of the right to dissent or
      communicate views that are alien or hostile to their new establishment.”

      ACLU members and attorneys with whom I’ve talked about this have pretty much been unanimous in citing this as a major source of inner turmoil for that organization. Ideals aside, many of them find it very hard to swallow the idea of defending the rights of honest-to-god Nazis/pedophiles/terrorists/whatever in court.

  • Hadrian999

    my personal favorite thing about the teaparty is how the different factions are all at each others throats over who gets to sell the name teaparty to their drones, it’s all about selling tshirts and coffee cups.it is a fairly genius marketing scheme, create a demographic and convince them it is their patriotic and religious duty to by  nicknacks, tshirts and goofy hats to save the world

  • Hadrian999

    my personal favorite thing about the teaparty is how the different factions are all at each others throats over who gets to sell the name teaparty to their drones, it’s all about selling tshirts and coffee cups. it is a fairly genius marketing scheme, create a demographic and convince them it is their patriotic and religious duty to by  nicknacks, tshirts and goofy hats to save the world

  • DeepCough

    I think the United States is already theocratic, what with the national motto and the previous Republican administration, just to name a couple things.

  • DeepCough

    I think the United States is already theocratic, what with the national motto and the previous Republican administration, just to name a couple things.

    • Anarchy Pony

      It’s certainly more prevalent in certain states and regions.

  • Anonymous

    and vampires.

  • Wanooski

    It’s certainly more prevalent in certain states and regions.

  • Hadrian999

    vampires don’t cure fraud

  • Anonymous

    lol. but sunlight kills ‘em.

  • Anonymous

    Damn it Jin. I may be a Doctor, but this punchline is dead!

  • Butter Knife

    “What really hurts is being a believer in dissent…and feeling morally
    obliged to protect the rights of idiots who have no intention of
    supporting yours in return…who in fact, if they achieve any real
    power, would promptly strip others of the right to dissent or
    communicate views that are alien or hostile to their new establishment.”

    ACLU members and attorneys with whom I’ve talked about this have pretty much been unanimous in citing this as a major source of inner turmoil for that organization. Ideals aside, many of them find it very hard to swallow the idea of defending the rights of honest-to-god Nazis/pedophiles/terrorists/whatever in court.

  • Butter Knife

    Maybe some people haven’t noticed, but a cornerstone of the Tea Party platform is school vouchers which would cause vast amounts of public money to be diverted into schools operated by religious organizations.

    It doesn’t get much more obvious than that, though I suppose the rabid opposition to gay marriage, teaching evolution, comprehensive sex-ed, Islam, abortion and the idea of separation of church and state are all pretty clear markers as well.

  • Butter Knife

    Maybe some people haven’t noticed, but a cornerstone of the Tea Party platform is school vouchers which would cause vast amounts of public money to be diverted into schools operated by religious organizations.

    It doesn’t get much more obvious than that, though I suppose the rabid opposition to gay marriage, teaching evolution, comprehensive sex-ed, Islam, abortion and the idea of separation of church and state are all pretty clear markers as well.

  • Lives under a Bridge

    GOD IS IMAGINARY

  • Lives under a Bridge

    GOD IS IMAGINARY