You won’t read much about it in the media, but over the last couple of weeks a seismic rumbling has been felt across the country. Triggered largely by Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC a couple of weeks ago, citizens in dozens of cities and towns have gathered in small impromptu rallies to protest the out-of-control government spending that threatens our way of life.
Santelli is planning a major nationwide tea party on July 4th. The details are being tracked here.
There are several websites that describe the extent of this grassroots movement.
- Rick Santelli’s Tea Party site.
- Glenn Reynolds (here, here, and here) and Michelle Malkin are providing extensive coverage, including lots of photos.
- New American Tea Party site, focusing on Washington, D.C.
- A list of all the tea parties known to have been conducted over the last few days.
The Christian Science Monitor had a good write-up on the movement, with details of a rally in Atlanta. (Side note: This story recounts the best placard I’ve seen coming out of these protests: “Pillage and plunder: At least the Vikings did it openly”).
Blogger Clarendon ponders the long-term impact of this fledgling movement:
I wonder, what are we expecting to achieve from these protests? Are we content to merely register our disapproval, or are we seeking to change what Congress and our president have done? If it is the former, I’m sure the politicians will note our objection, and wait for us to quiet down. If it is the latter, I fear our current protests are too scatter-shot to do any real good.
I suspect this July 4th will answer his question.