Why Are These Angry People Smiling?
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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I've been to three TEA parties here in Columbia, SC and I can honestly say that there has never been a better assemblage of people on the SC State House grounds ever. What gripes me is the coverage our local liberal-slanted McClatchy newsrag The State gives….Initially it was NO coverage (despite over 3000 attending the April 15 rally) then it was the "unhinged, angry right-wing nutjob racist redneck" crowd. pffft!
To Scooter Jay & All,
Let the crazy main stream media keep it up – we've supected in the past they were dishonest, they have confirmed in the present they ARE dishonest & liars, their future is oblivion everywhere but New York, Chicago, & Los Angeles. Why not Washington also?
Because WE THE PEOPLE are changing Washington one election at a time for the next 50 years. We will turn the progressives out onto the street along with the Progressive administrators and progressive lobbyists – the enemy is progressivism/statism. We know who they are by how they behave. Thanks to Legal Insurrection and others we can study their behavior, identify them by their behavior, and throw them out for anti-constitutional behavior.
One of the best blog entries on the 9/12/09 TEA Party march on Washington D.C.:
How Many Were There?
Be sure to view the first 3 min. 42 sec. time lapse video of the photographer going through the crowd and listen to the great chants like "U.S.A" and "No More Lies." Patriots one and all…all (estimated) 1.5 million of them!