The New Culture War: “Real” Americans vs. the “Mobs” of Occupy Wall Street

At the Values Voters Summit this morning, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed the crowd about what you might expect: the evils of federal funding for family planning services, the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, standing with Israel, and standing up to “militant Islam.”

Cantor threw in another, current twist: his “concern” about the “growing mobs occupying Wall Street and other cities across the country.”

On the heels of this incendiary statement, Cantor, who is Jewish, paid homage to the Christian nation mythology — the shining city on the hill, American exceptionalism, which Cantor defined as “winning the battle of freedom over tyranny.” How Occupy Wall Street is tyranny, Cantor didn’t say, but I suspect this won’t be the first attempt to discredit it at Values Voters.

I’ll be tweeting, if you want to follow.

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email