Today was the day of the Tea Parties across the country. I watched the coverage in some cities on Fox News (which seemed to be the only channel covering them).
The crowds were loud but orderly, quite different from some of the rallies and protests I've seen in the past. There were signs protesting the deficits, socialism, bailouts, etc. There were also signs protesting the president and congress.
Tonight I decided to get another perspective and tuned in MSNBC. I caught parts of the Rachel Maddow show and Keith Olberman. Their attitude seemed to be that these were just a bunch of ill informed and ignorant people. They both took great delight in the idea that "tea bagger" has a double meaning, understood only by sophisticated people like them. They asked several people in the crowds if they knew the meaning, which, of course they didn't. That became a joke. Apparently decent people don't know all about the coarse slang understood by the people at MSNBC. I'm proud to be among the "ignorant" who don't understand this slang.
I'm glad to see people beginning to protest the way our country is going. I think part of the impetus for this is the fact that Obama ran on the idea of change and transparancy, but we're seeing a lot of the same overspending that we saw during the Bush administration and no change. The only change I've seen is the fact that we are now spending more of our tax dollars to pay for abortions.