Subtlest 'Racism' Imputation Yet
Yes! Weekly, a Greensboro, N.C.-based tabloid, has come up with an especially clever way of insinuating that the tea-party movement is racist:
[Bill] Randall [a Republican candidate for Congress] said the relative silence within the Tea Party on subsequent constitutional amendments--most notably the Thirteenth Amendment, banning slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing equal protection under the law--should not be taken as an indication that theyre [sic] valued any less.
"The Tea Party movement tends to concentrate on the articles of the Constitution that have been significantly downplayed and abused, overemphasized or restricted," Randall said. "We're actually touching where it hurts. If there was a movement afoot in Congress to limit firearms, you would see an emphasis on the Second Amendment."
That should be "relative quiet" or simply "silence." Either you're silent or you're not; there are no degrees.
More substantively, while Randall's explanation is sufficient in the case of the 13th Amendment--slavery is gone and never coming back--the tea-party movement's lack of interest in the 14th Amendment is evidence that it is not driven by racial grievance. If it were, its adherents would argue that the 14th Amendment's requirement for equal protection is "significantly downplayed and abused" by legislative, administrative and judicial decisions giving preferential treatment to minorities.