Describing themselves as the spark of a "new conservative counterculture," several thousand anti-tax protesters took to the streets in over thirty cities on Friday to object to President Obama's plans to counter the growing economic crisis with government spending.
The extensive media coverage of the event was perhaps disproportionate to the actual size of the protests, which drew around 200 to 300 participants in most locations. The greatest turnout may have been in St. Louis, Missouri, where some 1000 people showed up.
Although the numbers reported appear small, I am seeing a growing anger in the heartland at what We the Taxpayers are supposed to fork over in taxes due to the financial errors and excesses of others.
The American people, as a whole, getting thoroughly fed up with this new "Taxation without Representation".
Oh yes, we go through that Kabuki ritual of elections every so often, just to enforce the illusion that we have people who actually represent us in Congress.
Unfortunately, however, most of those who continue to get elected continue to get elected due to the covert and overt financial clout of the corporations which have actually acquired them. So hard working American, sometimes working two and three jobs just to keep the roof over their families' heads, are really SOL at this point in this country's history, until something changes.
This new "Tea Party" movement may well be the harbinger of that change.