Oh hell. I bet most of you are not drinking tea about now. Nor need you be, especially since it IS Friday night and that means you can sleep in tomorrow, unless you have little hungry pests who want mommy and/or daddy to fix them breakfast or you have a dog who needs you to open the door and give doggie quick relief from holding it all night long or you are a golfer who needed to take that early tee time (and that kind of tee shouldn’t be accompanied by tea, only by Bloody Marys). So, um, let’s make our first question of the night: How late will you sleep in tomorrow and if not, why not? I want a good reason why you would not take advantage of one day that you are allowed to sleep in.
Next up: How would you rebut the concluding paragraph of Peggy Drexler’s essay at Huffington Post titled with a question: “Women of the Tea Party: Who Are You, and What Do You Want?“:
So my question to the women of the Tea Party is this. If you take back America from the forces of big government, big spending and big taxes, do you plan to share it with the teenage girl who is unprepared to raise a child, with the gay couple who want the simple right to marry, and with families who may not fit your own definitions?
Now let’s drift back up to the beginning of Drexler’s post, full of more questions — and I’ve added a POLL below for you to take:
Here’s Drexler’s first question, in her first paragraph:
There’s no doubt that women are good for the Tea Party. But is the Tea Party good for women?
I can’t recall anyone else ever asking that question before. So what do you think? Do you believe that the Tea Party movement IS good for women? And if so, why?
Then Drexler brings up some interesting data on the make-up of the Tea Party movement:
[C]ontrary to the early image of a fraternity of angry white men, women are the heart of the movement. Thinking began to change with the March release of the Quinnipiac University poll that revealed that 55 percent of those identifying themselves as members of the Tea Party are female.
It is also now clear that women have a seat at the grownups’ table. Writing in Slate, Hanna Rosin points out that, to the extent the movement has leaders, it is dominated by women. One example: of the eight Board members of the influential Tea Party Patriots, six are women.
Who knew??? Women are the majority of the membership in the Tea Party movement. But, have these women ever asked themselves what’s in it for them, as women, or are they mostly evangelicals and arch-conservatives?
Drexler then points to the issues that the Tea Party has avoided:
Unfortunately, good and bad, [views pertaining especially to women] are hotly subjective when it comes to issues like choice, gay marriage and single parenthood.
Organizers studiously stayed away from such division. Reporting on last weekend’s Washington D.C. Tea Party event for Politico, James Hohmann and Kenneth P. Vogel noted a determined lack of attention to social issues — particularly those embraced by the Christian right.
Look around you. Look at the writers for NoQuarter. Look at the readers of NoQuarter. Ask yourselves just how many of you there are who are OPPOSED to (1) choice, (2) gay marriage, and (3) single parenthood.
Drexler gets into details of the kind of people attracted to the Tea Party. You can read that section at HuffPo since it’s distasteful for me to quote too much of Drexler’s article. But I will include this last quote that, studies have shown, describe the kind of people who are TRULY attracted to the Tea Party:
[T]here aren’t many coming out of this base who will champion issues like gay marriage, choice, and single parent families. Gay marriage and choice are clearly high on Sarah Palin’s list of American evils. Single parent families get a pass for obvious reasons. But as Colleen Campbell quotes her speeches in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial — single mothers are “strong enough and smart enough” … to “handle an unplanned pregnancy”, while continuing to pursue education and a career. In other words: when the going gets tough, the tough keep the baby. ….
if you answered YES to any of the above three polls — yet find yourself frequently referring to yourself as a Tea Party supporter — then my hunch is that you haven’t asked yourself what it really means to be a Tea Party supporter in how the movement addresses women’s issues.
Oh hell yes! I’d love to scream to the rooftops that I support the Tea Party, in good part because I’m just so damn pissed off at politics in this country that I’d love to join up with a bunch of people who come across as fearless renegades.
Who doesn’t want to be counted among the fearless renegades these days? It is so “in” right now!
But. Are we really comfortable with aligning ourselves with people who have such conservative, evangelical-based viewpoints? Are we really?
Then there’s another question: Is there any reason that we HAVE to align ourselves with the Tea Party? Can’t we simply stick with describing ourselves as “INDEPENDENTS”?
To be an Independent voter allows for flexibility on ALL issues.
These are just some of my thoughts and my concerns. Your turn … and, yes, this is an open thread so bring up anything on your mind.