Yesterday there were reportedly hundreds of TEA Parties across the country to protest the wasteful collection and spending of the money of hardworking Americans. It was very sad to hear network after network try to characterize the people there as crazy and stupid, and paint the whole series of events as sour grapes. This is one that I actually think Fox News got dead on: This was the beginning of something big.
My father, at the age of 58, and my mother, age 54, attended the TEA Party in Augusta, Maine. It was the first political rally of their lives. My Dad reiterated what so many at these parties were talking about, and what Fox News, again, got right: It's not about Democrats or Republicans, they are all corrupt and are destroying this country together.
In the middle of a recession, we have a government tripling the deficit in one year and a President calling for hundreds of billions of dollars for a high-speed train system, despite the fact that the one high-speed train system in the Northeast isn't particularly popular.
I don't have a problem with paying taxes when I know it's being collected fairly and it is being used efficiently and for good purposes. It's that second part that has gotten woefully lost by our government: I don't feel a penny of my tax dollars are being efficiently spent, and I feel like only half is getting spent for good purposes. While the White House, Congressional leaders and many in the mainstream media want to paint these TEA Parties as a bunch of unpatriotic fools, I just have the feeling that it'll be anyone who ignores these angry Americans who are the fools.