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The Tea Party shouts “The country is going to hell in a hand basket! Crime is rampant! Guns must be allowed, even in schools and bars, so that law abiding citizens can protect themselves.”
Candidates that have anti-masturbation and anti-immigration campaign platforms have been elected in primary elections.
As the Neo-Conservatives and Reaganites seemed obsessed with the 60’s and rolling back those “liberal” gains, the Tea party seems obsessed with Barry Goldwater, the so called “Father of the Conservative Movement”.
A campaign of fear and hatred seems to be the rallying point used for gaining membership. Several concepts are being used to achieve this goal.
For example, the country is being run by a Socialist or Communist President.
But this is nothing new in the political process.
In fact, the Tea Party movement’s hero, Barry Goldwater, attempted the same technique in his election bid for President against Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
The front group created by the Goldwater election campaign was called “Mothers for Moral America” or MfMA. This proxy group was created to attack Lyndon Johnson on moral issues such as crime, pornography, and dancing the Twist.
Yes, that’s right. Hip swiveling was anti-American.
But along side some of those seemingly benign images were included images that implicated that the civil rights movement was immoral and anti American.
Seeing some of the images and signs produced by todays Tea Party, it gives reminder of how racial equality maybe hasn’t advanced as far as thought from the Goldwater campaign.
To bring these issues broadside against the Johnson campaign, the MfMA created a short film that seems to be a cross between a bad High School Hygiene film and a “Hot Rods to Hell” reject.
The film was titled “Choice” and at the time was even more controversial than the infamous “Daisy” ad.