Wednesday, April 15, 2009
An Organized Protest
It appears that many conservatives are mad and they're not taking it any more. So they're protesting. The Tax Day Tea Party is happening today around the US, apparently (we'll see). They have even set up a website, here.
I get that generally, they're unhappy about the size of gov't (although spending trillions of dollars on a bloated gov't military over the last couple of decades hasn't concerned them, so why start worrying now?) and the bailouts specifically appear to be the point around which they're rallying. Not something I can fault them for, to be honest, I have my concerns, too.
However, from a purely practical point of view, after reviewing their website, I remain unclear about what exactly they are protesting, what they hope to accomplish or what methods they are using. Will they be dumping actual tea into actual public waters? Whose tea? Their own? That will accomplish change, how?
I certainly understand protesting out of frustration, just to make one's voice heard. As best I can tell, that's what this is. There are no apparent specific goals they hope to accomplish, just a general group gripe session. And that's fine. More power to them.
Just as long as they understand that it's not an especially efficient way to bring about change.
They're predicting 1500-5000 here in Louisville, just around the corner from where I work. I'll stop by and do a little on the spot reporting.
I could be way off, but I'd be surprised if they have over 100 people to show up here. We'll see.