In less than 80 seconds on this morning's Global Public Square, which appears on CNN and CNN International, Fareed Zakaria described conservatism as a negative political philosophy, the Tea Party as a radical group like the Black Panthers, and conservatives as racists who hate America:
Conservatives have had a negative view of America since the movement began in the 1950s, and the only radical movement around today is the tea party.
Even after the worst recession since the Great Depression there are no obvious radicals, anarchists, black panthers or other revolutionary movements except for the tea party.
Now for some tacticians and consultants extreme rhetoric is just a way to keep the troops fired up. But rhetoric gives meaning and shape to a political movement. Over the past six decades conservatives language of decay, despair and decline have created a group of Americans who fervently believe in this dark narrative and are determined to stop the country from falling into what they see as imminent oblivion.
They aren’t going to give up just yet. The era of crisis could end but only when this group of conservatives makes its peace with today’s America. They are misty-eyed in their devotion to a distant republic of myth and memory yet they are passionate in their dislike of the messy multi-racial capitalist and welfare state democracy that America actually has been for half a century, a fifth of this nation’s history. At some point will they realize that you cannot love America in theory and hate it in fact.
Zakaria suggests that adherence to the US Constitution, which is at the core of the Tea Party movement, is radical. He claims that conservative favorites such as Allen West, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mia Love, and Benjamin Carson, are by necessity racists.