Protesting is a wonderful Constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech and assembly. It's not like these groups were relegated to areas beyond the reach of their representatives.
David Siroda made an observant comment this morning on the radio- that these Tea parties are illegitimately contrived (by folks like Dick Armey, Glenn Beck and others that actively support the dominant power structures ) to take advantage of a legitimate & valid frustration (the continuing existence of a Kleptocracy) to aid in the resurgence of a failed ideal (neo-conservatism).
It didn't appear that these protests had any sort of cohesive theme, really. Sure, there was this general theme that too much money has been spent, but interspersed among the crowd there were Anti-Fed, Anti-Obama (general), anti-Obama (pro-war), anti-Obama (not-an-American), anti-Obama (Socialist), anti-Obama (Fascist bank-lover), Pro-Gun, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Immigration, etc etc. Yesterday's little exercise will not to anything but give the credibility-damaged GOP a tiny amount of short-lived cohesion (which they will squander for lack of any true vision) to go after a credibility-damaged Dem majority. All the while, their true target (Obama), seems to be riding an amazing level of support, given the sad current state of affairs.
Tell me, Yarmony (in your own words- apparently I need to say this): how is this going to be translated into a "movement" in the coming months? Generally themed gripes do not make a platform that well-intending people can rally around. And a collective effort of, at the most generous estimates of 250,000 nationwide, is not terribly impressive. That's about .08% of the population- not really a Movement; barely a bowel movement, really. Four times that number of people rallied last year in support of Immigration Reform, and neither candidate even bothered to address it seriously in their presidential campaigns. So with that in mind, was it really worth taking a day off from work? Or in Mike's case, a day away from slacking at work?
I gotta mention this: It's always fun to hear CasperMike lecture about "juvenile behavior" - this, from the boy who, when losing an internet argument, resorts to the playground-style name switcharoo.