Untimely Observations

It Takes a Tribe

This is the second in a series of articles on the question, raised most publicly by Patrick Buchanan, whether the Tea Party movement nurtures white consciousness and unity and will become the political basis for whites as a people.

I am mostly an observer of Tea Party events, but have participated in a few in the past, since the movement corresponds well enough with my libertarian values. Whether they will lead to the rise of a "new tribe," as Pat Buchanan argues, remains to be seen. In many ways, his intriguing column reveals more about what Buchanan wishes the Tea Parties to be than about what they actually are. 

As a Tribal Nationalist, I sympathize with the efforts of tribes, old and established or new and in formation, to create autonomy for their own people. The Tea Party crowd is definitely a collection of like-minded tribes that share the same cultural background and economic self-interest. But the question is whether the Tea Party will evolve into anything other than a voting bloc. Buchanan's hope is that the movement will become an agent of revolutionary (for lack of a better word) neo-Americanism.

What's most surprised me about the Tea Party phenomenon is the vitriolic manner in which prominent social commentators have attacked the protestors. Noam Chomsky, for instance, recently dismissed the Tea Party as a "fascist" movement. Though unlike the current President in office, the Tea Party isn't demanding more government control over healthcare, the economy, and our daily lives.

Politically speaking, it would be far wiser for libertarian-minded and antiwar people to get behind the Tea Party. Same for left-wing anarchists who -- despite what they call themselves -- are against the Tea Party's call for less taxes and less government.

At any rate, the best thing the Tea Party has done has been to provoke the "culture warriors" of the Establishment to show their true partisan colors. Eventually, Tea Party activists will notice who is consistently on their side and who is against them.

They might also stop denying the fundamentally ethnic character of their movement and begin to analyze who is in control of the media and why the media makes such spiteful accusations against European Americans exercising their democratic rights.  

And that's a good thing.

I disagree with Buchanan that the "charge of racism" is not working to intimidate the Tea Partiers. For the leadership seems to expend quite a bit of energy parading black conservatives at rallies and announcing that Tea Partiers reject of forms of ethnic solidarity. Again, Buchanan writes about the traits he'd like the Tea Party to have.

This said, the Tea Party movement's ultimate ideology is yet to be determined. I, for one, hope that Tea Partiers, and other mainstream conservative leaders, might step forward and endorse a new Tribal America that rolls back Federal mandates and supports states rights as an absolute necessity to our constitutional republic.  Were this to happen, the Tea Party could go on to become a history-making agent for the good of all Americans.  Sadly, there's little about the current leadership that leads me to believe that they're capable of this.