It appears the teabaggers have stumbled upon the missing ingredient that will make their movement more palatable to the public at large- xenophobia:
The Tea Party movement has energized activism against President Obama’s vision for immigration reform.
The link between tea partiers and immigration politics developed last summer, when the impact of illegal immigration on the health care system became a prominent side issue in town hall debates.
Since then, illegal immigration has steadily gained ground on the Tea Party agenda.
Immigration “is one of our main issues in the state of North Carolina,” said David DeGerolamo, co-founder of Tea Party group NC Freedom, in a phone interview. “And what it comes down to is that the United States is a republic based on the rule of law. What part of illegal is right?”
DeGerolamo is scheduled to give a talk today on “How to Unite State Tea Party Groups” at the National Tea Party Convention, which began yesterday in Nashville.
The Nashville event has devoted a good share of its spotlight to activists devoted to promoting get-tough policies against illegal immigrants and blocking White House plans to offer a path to legal status for the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants.
I’m sure this is related to their anti-corporate stance.
And one of these days, can we stop calling them teabaggers and call them what they really are- Republicans.
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Then you have this:
The opening-night speaker at first ever National Tea Party Convention ripped into President Obama, Sen. John McCain and “the cult of multiculturalism,” asserting that Obama was elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country.”
What about a poll tax, Tancredo?