The Tea Party and religious right as a 'Coalition of fear?'

One of the few immutable facts of life is that the adherents of the lunatic left will always tell you what they fear the most. The far left is terrified of the religious right and the Tea Party movement, respectively. Put the two together as a united voting block against the corruption and fiscal irresponsibility of the current administration and the left might go into full-on hysteria. Now, if the two forces were to enter into a "marriage" at the dreaded "Values Voter Summit," that could send leftist writers over the edge into panic-induced incoherence.

That's what we find brimming over in Joe Conason's piece in Salon about the Values Voter Summit which took place over the weekend. Joe's objective is to lasso some of the moderates in their flight away from the Democrat Party. Conason apparently thinks that if he can just use the old standbys of emotive rhetoric one more time maybe it will work. Maybe he can scare the moderates back into line.

The title of his piece is, "Coalition of fear: Tea Party, the religious right and Islamophobia." No projection going on there, I'm sure. "What [the religious right and the Tea Party] seem to share," writes Conason, "aside from the perennial aversion to taxes, is a powerful instinct to stigmatize Muslims and seek confrontation with Islam."

Conason continues: "Here in the United States, the fear, prejudice and ignorance broadcast by many opponents of the Park51 cultural center in Manhattan have found receptive audiences far beyond the evangelical right." After 9/11, we certainly understand the "fear" part, but Conason fails to explain the "prejudice" of the newly-feared coalition of the right. He also fails to illuminate the reader on the "ignorance" of the right. Ignorance normally implies a lack of information. Are we to presume that those on the right are "ignorant" because they lack the knowledge of the sophisticated left? In Joe's world it is a settled fact that the Islam poses no threat to the United States. Those religious right demagogues are so ignorant!

Of course, Conason has to throw in "prejudice" and "ignorance" in order to support the charge of "Islamophobia." Otherwise, all you have is a rational fear shared by normal Americans, based on the history of death and destruction which the fundamental tenets of Islam tend to produce.

Conason does a lot of name calling in his piece, but one of the comments on the article gets to the heart of the left's use of baseless stigmatization: "If only the anti-tax greedmeisters and the religious bigots could unite, how fearsome a political force they could be!"

That's what the piece stands for. The Tea Partiers are motivated by selfish greed and the religious right people are a bunch of theocratic bigots.

Therefore, Conason concludes, "Independent voters who do not share the apocalyptic vision [the gleeful clash of civilizations] of our homegrown theocrats should beware."

Leftist are okay with a foreign policy of weakness and a domestic policy of bankruptcy; but they fear average hardworking Americans who just want to be free and secure.