Tag Archives: Tea Party

How Far Apart? Divisions in American Politics (Part II)

This is the second piece of my two-part series for Aslan, discussing why partisanship and anti-systemic forces have drastically divided American political culture in recent years. The first piece can be found here.

It was fine drama. The vice-presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and challenger Paul Ryan was substantive, engaging, and filled with tragic-comedy (at least from Biden). Unlike their running mates, Biden and Ryan displayed the divisions between the national parties that were glossed over by the surprise appearance of “Mitt the Moderate” one week prior. In a time of economic hardship, they sought to embody the two different visions of America that are meant to move us through recovery, define our future trajectory, and even redefine our past. From the left we are a nation of communal action for the betterment of all; from the right we are a nation of empowered individuals who succeed on their own merit. Read the rest here!

Occupying Ohio: The Tea Party, Occupy Cleveland, and the Cold War That Wasn’t

For a couple of hours last Saturday, the Tea Party gathered in downtown Cleveland for a rally entitled “Occupy the Truth.” Yes, the Tea Party was operating under the banner of their apparent rivals, the Occupy Movement. That is because the stated purpose of their gathering was to protest the mainstream media’s lack of coverage of a foiled bomb plot by five individuals associated with the Occupy Cleveland movement last spring. One by one, the featured speakers railed against Occupy and the liberal media to a crowd of about 250 (the organizers claimed 1500, the cop I spoke to estimated 250) mostly 50 and 60-year-old white Ohioans. Except for Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and CEO of the Tea Party Patriots, all the speakers were themselves media pundits and producers; most were bloggers. In essence, it was a war against the media by the media.

Update: Read the rest of this article on The Huffington Post!