In the interest of full disclosure, I was not in Washington D.C. on 9/12. Although I was not able to attend the rally, rest assured readers that I stand with the movement in solidarity.
I have spent the last few days since the 9/12 protests trying to understand just what it was that I saw. Every description of those teeming masses of "we the people" seems to fall short. It goes without saying that the mainstream media is less than enamored of the whole business, but that's no different than any other gathering of "rightwing extremists."
Tax protest? Health care protest? Government-spending protest? I thought perhaps the word "zeitgeist" would be appropriate, but the tea party phenomenon seems to even transcend the spirit of the times. Maybe the tea parties are all of those things wrapped up in one; if they are, I still think there's more to it than even that.
I suppose that in the end, I'm sort of glad that this all escapes me. That means that "it," whatever it is, is bigger than me. "It" is bigger than any one person, including the President of the United States of America. The lefties ignores us at their own peril, and their active attempts to pigeonhole us will like-as-not aid in the permanent dismantling of the Democratic party as an American political body.
The preceding warning applies equally to Republicans. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, John McCain, and anyone else trafficking in the big lie that is "bipartisanship," know this: My first love is God, my second love is family, and my third love is freedom. I have no desire to compromise with whoever seeks to change the very fabric of our nation's founding. Hard to say for sure, but I am sublimely confident that most of my tea party brothers and sisters feel the same way, even if they find it hard to put into words.