It is no coincidence that the Tea Party bears such a striking resemblance to the KKK. The Tea Party has infiltrated and greatly influenced the political party of choice, just as the KKK did in the 1920’s. Many of the core beliefs of the Tea Party are also the core beliefs of the KKK and explains the rampant racism directed at President Obama. The following article gives a thoughtful explanation of the forces at work in todays politics.
By Michael Lind
A century and a half later, we’ve come full circle: The red-blue state divide falls along Confederate-Union lines.
October 10, 2012 | Every now and then someone highlights the overlap between today’s Republican states and the slave states of the former Confederacy. As clichéd as the point may be, it remains indispensable to understanding what is happening in American politics today:
The core of today’s Democratic party consists of the states of New England and the Great Lakes/Midatlantic region that were the heart of the Union effort during the Civil War. The core of today’s Republican party consists of the states that seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America.Don’t be misled by the contemporary red state-blue state map which makes the mostly-red Prairie/Mountain states look as important in the Republican coalition as the South. A cartogram which shows states by population is far more accurate:
As the cartogram shows, in terms of population and votes the South vastly outweighs the thinly-populated Prairie/Mountain states, even though the latter get disproportionate representation in the U.S. Senate and the electoral college. The cartogram provides a pretty good reflection of the situation perceived by conservative white Southerners, by depicting a besieged South encircled and on the verge of being crushed by multiracial, polyglot, immigrant-friendly, secular humanist, progressive Blue America.
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