The delusional Tea Party
Lee A. Daniels | 10/12/2013, 10:44 a.m.
served to confirm the truth of the president’s birthplace. A
majority of all Republicans still cling to the delusion that
The scholars’ survey also found that 58 percent of non-Tea
Party conservatives and 75 percent of Tea Party conservatives
don’t believe the president is a practicing Christian.
On the one hand, this twisted self-deception brings to mind
that old saying: you can fool some of the people all of the
But it also recalls how long in the past the large majority of
White Americans clung to all sorts of bizarre notions about
Black Americans in order to justify their racism to
themselves. And it underscores how deeply the virus of racism
– impervious to logic and proven fact – still persists in a
substantial segment of White conservatives.
This is the delusionary mindset that threatens even right-wing
conservative legislators with primary Tea Party challenges if
they deviate in the slightest from the most extreme positions.
This is the delusionary mindset that is willing to wreck the
U.S. economy if they don’t get their way.
Elizabeth Warren, the newly-elected junior Senator from
Massachusetts, recently referred to the GOP-driven shutdown of
the government as “hostage-taking” and said: “In a democracy,
hostage tactics are the last resort for those who can’t
otherwise win their fights through elections, can’t win their
fights in Congress, can’t win their fights for the Presidency,
and can’t win their fights in Courts.
“For this right-wing minority,” she continued, “hostage-taking
is all they have left – a last gasp of those who cannot cope
with the realities of our democracy.”
The question we all must confront is how long will this
delusionary mindset continue to be a force in American
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York