Source of Tea Party Resentment

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Obama, Race, U.S. Politics, Uncategorized
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I think there is a material basis for the anger and resentment expressed by Tea Party members.  When Tea Party members protest that their anger is not caused by racism against minorities or Obama, they are partially right.  It may be that their racism is a reaction rather than the cause of their passion and fury.  They are losing jobs, income, and any hope that they can recover those in the future. Economic research supports this view.  White middle class people lose jobs, stay unemployed for long periods, and if they are lucky to find a job, it is at lower pay and lower skill.  Take a look at this chart.

Jobs that are growing or disappearing

Clearly, if you have no education beyond high school and work in blue collar/middle wage jobs, you are losing income and job prospects.

This is nothing more than the theory of relative deprivation first expressed by James Chowning Davies in the 1960s to explain revolution.  Davies explained that “Revolutions are most likely to occur when a prolonged period of objective economic and social development is followed by a short period of sharp reversal.”  That is what happened to white, middle class men in the last few years.  All of those years of economic and political advancement has been replaced by sudden decline.  Tea Party members blame undocumented workers and Obama’s policies because they can’t yet blame an economic system over which they have never had any control.

  1. bodhi says:

    I’ve been following this thread for awhile now & I can’t ascertain whether you’re serious with these posts or if your medication needs adjusting.

    Some time ago I invited you to a Tea Party rally & from the posts I don’t think you ever went, because you keep insisting that the crux of the Tea Party is race…which has nothing to do with anything. The Tea Party doesn’t believe undocumented workers are to blame for our current economic plight, nor is it strictly Obama’s fault either (he’s had help).

    It really isn’t as complicated as your making it out to be…we just don’t think the government should spend way more than it takes in. I felt this way 20 years ago, but the current president & congress took this practice & went hog-wild. I’m not unemployed. I’m not strictly “white” (which I find is a simplistic description from people). I have a college education. So you don’t describe me or many other folks that I’ve seen at Tea Party events.

    It isn’t about race. It IS about ideas. Members of the Tea Party disagree with the economic policies of this congress & president…that’s it. Race is irrelevant.

    You might also jettison the condescending tone about folks who don’t share your ideas, because you come across as an arrogant elitist who has to suffer through the simpletons pleas. If I remember correctly the Tea Party movement was polled & found to have a ratio of college graduates (I need to look this up to verify but I’m late for work).

    Occam’s Razor. In this instance… applies. Things aren’t as complicated as you might think. If you really want to understand, attend a rally. If you want to cast dispersions on those that you disagree with then continue making assumptions that which you clearly do not understand & do not know about. We’re good people who could care less about the color of one’s skin, rather find the true meaning of a person by the content of their character.

  2. jibarosoy says:

    Now, now Bodhi. There’s no reason for the ad hominem insult. I have to laugh when you claim to be “following” my posts. It is very clear that you don’t read them very closely. I didn’t claim that Tea Partiers are racist in this post. All I did was to point to economic reasons that can explain why they seem so virulently opposed to Obama, the federal government, and, yes, minorities. The data is clear. You would like to believe, and maybe it is true for you, that the TPs are simply opposed to Obama’s economic policies. However, the data suggests otherwise. I will post a comment with this data.

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