There definitely is an anger in the country over the runaway spending and deficits, and the attempts by Democrats to force a wholesale restructuring of society through health care legislation, cap-and-trade and other policies designed to push government even further into our lives.

But that anger has a smile to it, as Glenn Reynolds notes in his column at The Wall Street Journal, What I Saw At The Tea Party Convention:

Pundits claim the tea partiers are angry—and they are—but the most striking thing about the atmosphere in Nashville was how cheerful everyone seemed to be. I spoke with dozens of people, and the responses were surprisingly similar. Hardly any had ever been involved in politics before. Having gotten started, they were finding it to be not just worthwhile, but actually fun. Laughter rang out frequently, and when ne w-media mogul Andrew Breitbart held forth on a TV interview, a crowd gathered and broke into spontaneous applause.

This is similar to the phenomenon I witnessed during the Scott Brown campaign. The acts of fighting back and joining with others of like minds had a liberating effect.

Anger yes, but with a smile born of the knowledge that individual citizens are not powerless in the face of the seemingly overwhelming power of the statists.

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