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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Whose country is it?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Charles Blow, the New York Times columnist who always includes a graphic element with his weekly piece, today charts the rise in hate, nativist and "patriot" groups (graph at the column link). He writes of the desperate responses to President Obama's success on health legislation from the "take our country back" crowd.

Even the optics must be irritating. A woman (Nancy Pelosi) pushed the health care bill through the House. The bill’s most visible and vocal proponents included a gay man (Barney Frank) and a Jew (Anthony Weiner). And the black man in the White House signed the bill into law. It’s enough to make a good old boy go crazy.

Blow argues that the Republican Party's effort to merge the anger of the Tea Party adherents into its tent is not a promising long-term political solution.

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday took a look at the Tea Party members and found them to be just as anachronistic to the direction of the country’s demographics as the Republican Party. For instance, they were disproportionately white, evangelical Christian and “less educated ... than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack.” This at a time when the country is becoming more diverse (some demographers believe that 2010 could be the first year that most children born in the country will be nonwhite), less doctrinally dogmatic, and college enrollment is through the roof. The Tea Party, my friends, is not the future.

You may want “your country back,” but you can’t have it. That sound you hear is the relentless, irrepressible march of change. Welcome to America: The Remix.

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