NAACP: Tea Party Movement Likes the American Revolution and the Constitution Too Much

The NAACP released a report on Wednesday trying to connect the tea party movement to nationalism and even to racist organizations.

You know, the tea party movement that elevated Marco Rubio's bid for the U.S. Senate; the movement to which possible presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks on an almost weekly basis.

According to the report, all the talk about small government and the national debt is really all about race. The report even calls out the tea party as nationalists … for venerating the American Revolutionary generation and liking the Pledge of Allegiance and the Constitution.

“The Revolutionary War-era costumes, the yellow ‘Don’t tread on me’ Gadsden flags from the same era, the earnest recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance, the overstated veneration of the Constitution, and the defense of ‘American exceptionalism’ in a world turned toward transnational economies and global institutions: all are signs of the over-arching nationalism that helps define the tea party movement,” states the report. “It is a form of American nationalism, however, that does not include all Americans, and separates itself from those it regards as insufficiently ‘real Americans.’”

The report also takes aim at Americans who have questions about where President Barack Obama was born.

“It is the notion that President Barack Obama is not a real, natural-born American, that he is some other kind of person, that abounds in tea party ranks and draws this movement into a pit of no return,” states the report.

Connections to racist organizations?  The only connections this report shows are the ties between the NAACP and the Democratic Party.

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LDouglas
7:01PM OCT 20TH 2010
I don't see how they can say anything bad about nationalism. What's the alternative? Hating America? Being indifferent? Being a traitor? Putting other countries needs ahead of our own?

As for the racists, I'm sure there are some in the tea party movement- just as I'm sure there are some in the NAACP. Not a big deal really IMO- you won't change them by calling them out on it. Stick to the issues, otherwise you have nothing to stand on and nothing to gain.
Sean
1:54PM OCT 21ST 2010
There are plenty of alternatives to nationalism. Real alternatives existed before nationalism. Medieval Europe was not based on nationalism, it was based on direct feudal ties and overarching religious ties. Marxism, as intended, was supposed to be about class ties across nations (it fell back on nationalism when attempted). Cosmopolitanism is grounded is a part of some theories of Liberalism: individuals, not governments form the society of humanity and they are all due equal rights. These are, first and foremost, different ways of seeing the world and your place in it. Don't take nationalism for granted. It isn't "inevitable". It is, however, among the strongest forces of the day. That will change one day; because human society changes. Even ones as unchanging as Medieval Europe (think about how long that worldview governed life).
BM
4:06PM OCT 20TH 2010
If the NAACP does not try to keep racism alive then they have no job. Nuff Said?

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