The Tea Parties
Looks like quite the gala event, that Tea Party protest held down at the courthouse yesterday. Humboldt wasn't alone in the Tea Parties, either, with numerous similar events held around the country. Around 10,000 people supposedly showed up at the one in Pleasanton, CA.
This is a good thing. It used to be just a handful of Libertarian Party members, along with a Republican or two, would show up for Tax Day protests. Now it's thousands of people. I'm surprised that they've received pretty decent press coverage. The Contra Costa Times gave the Pleasanton event good coverage as did the Sacramento Bee for the Sacramento event.
The best thing about the Tea Parties, though, is how they piss off the left wingers so much. It is really fun to read or listen to them seething over this. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that even CLS, over at the Classically Liberal blog, is all annoyed by them, too. He's always had a thing for conservative types.
I'll disagree with CLS that these events aren't the least bit libertarian oriented. The overall message of less government and less taxes in our lives certainly leans strongly libertarian. Whether it's just a passing fancy just because there's a Democrat in the White House remains to be seen.
If I live long enough to see a Republican in the White House again and the Tea Partiers are still there, then they might just be here to stay. That would be a good thing, especially if they adopt the libertarian's personal live and let live philosophy along with their desire for low taxes and smaller government.
If that happens, maybe I'll join them.