The politics of the TP and the poltics of the republican Party are pretty identical; TP's only excuse for existence is tyhe shock of a BlackPresident. Bertell Ollman has an essay, It hink published by now, on this.
One _starts_ one's political analysis of the U.S. with the premise that racism is fundamental.. That's a necessary premise. *DEbate has to go on within the framework provided by that premise. Left politics would be a lot simpler were it not for the omnipresence of racism and its material foundations in U.S. life and thought.
The chief symptom of racism on the left is the failure to take seriusly the intellectual and theoretical importance of the Black Panthers.
(Racsm an ideology that explains an obvious fact, the existecne of a visible underclass, a large number of whom are in prison.)