As a co-founder of the first San Diego Tea Party group, I appreciate grassroots activism that lights fires under our politicos.

I would like to feature two new citizen-organized protests and update my Legal Insurrection friends on the local one I have been closely following. They are each inspiring, in their own way.

I am watching the news from Egypt closely, and it seems that the Muslim Brotherhood is engaging in a Coptic Christian version of Kristallnacht.   There are reports that within a 24-hour period, 32 churches were completely ruined, 19 churches were severely damaged, and scores of Christian homes, businesses, and automobiles were destroyed.

Unhappy with the response of the Obama administration, especially with the threat of pulling money from Egypt’s military that is trying to protect their Egyptian co-worshippers, American Copts in Tennessee are taking to the street to protest:

Hundreds of Coptic Christians took to downtown Nashville, Tenn., streets this week to protest the ongoing and escalating violence their faith is facing in Egypt.

Among their chants: “Obama, Obama don’t you care? Christian blood is everywhere,” The Tennessean reported. The demonstrators, waving Egyptian flags, also called for Americans to “pray for Egypt.” And signs abounded, with messages such as: “We are against Muslim Brotherhood.”

However, the President is not the only target of citizen ire for lack of effective response to Islamic extremist terror activities. Speaker of the House John Boehner has constituents so unhappy with the scale of the Congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack last year that they have put up some very dramatic billboards:

Billboards demanding a Watergate-style committee to investigate Benghazi have gone up in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R., Ohio) district, with the organizers contending he’s the man standing in the way of getting answers to the terrorist attack.

“We know this is a bold step, and it may raise some well-coiffed hairs on the back of John Boehner’s neck,” Larry Bailey, Capt. (SEAL), U.S. Navy (Ret.), and cofounder of Special Operations Speaks (SOS), a veterans group running the billboards, said in a press release.

“But the fact is that, he, and he alone, is blocking a full-scale Watergate-style investigation of one of the deadliest scandals in U.S. history—a scandal that reaches into the inner sanctum of the Oval Office,” Bailey said.

Finally, the recall movement to force San Diego Mayor Bob Filner from office is proceeding apace. Mayor Bob Filner’s attorneys are in mediation with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and attorney Gloria Allred. Interestingly, the heir-apparent Todd Gloria has also been present during the talks. Beyond the sexual harassment, it looks like there may be other reasons why Filner may wish to pursue a non-recall based option:

[Q]uestions focus on “administrative holds” Filner placed on the developments — a mechanism the City Attorney’s Office has said lacked any legal basis. These holds allowed the city to extract additional concessions from the developer after the usual process for community input and project approval.

In the case of Centrepoint, the developer agreed to rent apartments by the unit rather than the bed and made a $150,000 payment to improve a nearby park.

In the Sunroad case, the Filner administration wanted a $100,000 payment from the developer for two Filner pet projects: a veterans memorial in Ocean Beach and a daylong bicycling event.

While none of the events are true “Tea Party”, it is evident that Americans are now inclined to respond to the lack of real leadership from the political establishment by taking the initiative themselves. Yes, Tea Party lives!