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Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America$
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Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.001.0001

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Toward a Theory of the Tea Party

Toward a Theory of the Tea Party

(p.20) 1 Toward a Theory of the Tea Party
Change They Can't Believe In

Christopher S. Parker

Matt A. Barreto

Princeton University Press

This chapter situates the Tea Party movement in historical context and proposes a theory of why people support it. It argues that one of the reasons why some people are sympathetic to the goals and objectives of the Tea Party rests upon their discomfort with Barack Obama as the president. Similar to the Ku Klux Klan, who believed that Jews, Catholics, and blacks threatened to subvert the America to which they had become accustomed, so too is this the case with the Tea Party and Obama. To the Tea Party supporters, Obama represents a threat to the America they have come to know, in which American identity is commensurate with being white, male, native-born, English-speaking, Christian, and heterosexual.

Keywords:   Tea Party, Barack Obama, Ku Klux Klan, America, blacks, Catholics, Jews, American identity

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