COMMENTARY | Star Parker suggests that pronouncements of the death of the tea party are greatly exaggerated. As proof, she points to a Pew Research poll that suggests that 17 percent of African Americans are leaning toward voting Republican in the 2014 midterms.
Considering the fact that Republicans have not cracked above 10 percent support among African Americans in recent national elections, this is a factoid of potentially game changing, earth shaking implications.
Parker has an explanation.
“No Americans have suffered more from the improper use of government and abuse of political power than black Americans. No Americans will benefit more from reforms that will permit greater freedom and ownership than black Americans.
“The Tea Party movement, which sprung up from the hearts, minds and common sense of regular working Americans to restore American greatness by refocusing on the ideals of freedom, has touched everyone.
“The fact that the message is reaching and beginning to touch black Americans is good news for everyone – maybe most of all blacks themselves.
“America is about fighting for freedom. It began with settlers fighting a foreign empire. The struggle continued against slavery and racism.
“The Tea Party is but the latest chapter.”
To be sure, 17 percent, albeit an improvement, is not all that much But if it represents a trend, it may put the Democratic Party on a path to long term minority status. It will also be the more delicious of ironies, if Parker’s analysis is correct, considering the calumny that the tea party is racist.
We’ve all heard the smears, coming from Hollywood actors, left wing politicians, and the media. The tea party is all about hating Barack Obama because he is black. Never mind that the movement has been even more irate against white Republicans who has proven to be squishes. In any case the accusation will be harder to make stick if more African Americans discover the virtues of tea.