Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she she emphasized that although she is backed by the Tea Party, she is also a politician who "toiled for years in the values movement," alluding to her longtime work as a Christian activist.
What is the Tea Party? Is it "a recession-era version of the religious right?" Is it something else? And if the Tea Party is not a religious movement, why is it raising up candidates like O'Donnell who has a strong background of religious activism?
Elizabeth Tenety on September 20, 2010 5:19 PM
Glenn Beck and other right-wing demagogues are so obviously irrational and self-serving that it's not their message that is troubling; the message will never prevail in an advanced industrial society that depends on maximum coherence to keep functioning.
Posted by Deepak Chopra, on October 29, 2010 12:33 PM
The Tea Party is not a recession era version of the religious right. The religious conservatism of figures such as Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell and others notwithstanding, it is not a religious movement. It is an angry faction of conservative Republicans who think that America is changing in ways that they do not like. A large and complicated country needs a large and complicated government.
Posted by Valerie Elverton Dixon, on September 23, 2010 5:48 PM
For now, many conservatives are pleased that this scrappy, grassroots movement has shaken up America's political establishment, confounded pundits in both parties and sounded a call for fiscal responsibility that resounds well beyond the Values Voter and Tea Party tents.
Posted by Colleen Carroll Campbell, on September 23, 2010 9:17 AM
The Tea Party crowd will be religious and have traditional values, because most Americans are religious and have traditional values. When government grows too large, it saps the strength of other parts of society.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on September 21, 2010 3:56 PM
The Tea Party winners are the new darlings of conservative political strategists. The "Christian values" group wants to regain their role in political power brokering, as was clear from the jockeying for position at the recent "Values Summit." It's tempting to try to put together folks who have very different motives for their conservatism, but, as often happens with temptation, the reality doesn't work out so well.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on September 21, 2010 2:24 PM
I went to the Values Voters website www.valuesvotersummit.org, glanced at their positions, and quickly realized, "That's me." They want to protect marriage, champion life, strengthen the military, limit government, control spending, and defend our freedoms. Perfect. Here's what I mean.
Posted by Herb Silverman, on September 21, 2010 1:54 AM