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As if Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips’ embrace of the “birther” position and his support for restricting voting rights of non-property owners weren’t enough, now his national Tea Party faction appears to be moving closer towards the embrace of full-fledged white nationalism.

On March 29, Tea Party Nation sent out an email to TPN members entitled “Destroy the Family, You Destroy the Country!” The email featured an article by Rich Swier, a Tea Party Nation member and a contributing editor to the anti-Muslim group Family Security Matters. Swier mourned the falling birthrate of native-born Americans, and warned that “American culture” will soon perish since the “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) population is headed for extinction.”

Swier weaves homophobia and nativism into a white nationalist rant that would make David Duke blush:

“What is keeping America’s fertility rate up are immigrants – both legal and illegal.

There are those in America who are continuously attacking the family, bent on redefining marriage and have established anti-family government programs. This has led to downward pressure on our national total fertility rate. All of these actions are done in the name of various causes such as: reducing unwanted pregnancies, delaying child bearing to further career goals and even promoting childlessness and promoting adoption as a better option.

Child bearing has become something distasteful to many women, an unwanted and painful experience to be avoided rather than embraced.

All of these programs, ideals and ideologies are doing one thing and one thing only – reducing America core TFR [Total Fertility Rate] to the point of no return. The White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) population in America is headed for extinction and with it our economy, well-being and survival as a uniquely America culture.

This county is dying not because it is aging, it is dying because of infertility as public policy.”

The notion of white dispossession has been a staple of white supremacist organizing since the early 1970s. The theme was echoed in Pat Buchanan’s 2002 book, The Death of the West, and now some Tea Partiers are intent upon carrying this bigoted politic into the future.

Devin Burghart

Author Devin Burghart

is vice president of IREHR. He coordinates our Seattle office, directs our research efforts, and manages our online communications. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin is frequently quoted as an expert by print, broadcast, and online media outlets. In 2007, he was awarded a Petra Foundation fellowship. more...

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