Buddha had some advice for those who embrace extremist, non-compromising, self serving, selfish politics such as those of the Tea Party:
The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.
Of course a closed mind could never absorb the words of Buddha.