BTW, check out the comments at the Breaking News site. They are getting quite nasty towards the tea partiers!
On the day that federal tax returns are due, the tea party movement arrives in Chicago's Daley plaza at noon today with thousands expected to show up.I get the sense today that people are plenty who are upset about what's going on in Washington since Obama became President. What a fitting thing to have a tea party rally right here in his adopted hometown. Of course I wonder how much support amongst Chicago residents. Well overtime I learned not to be so optimistic about that.
The National Tea Party Federation, a newly formed coalition of regional tea party groups, estimates that between 1,700 and 2,000 tax day rallies will occur today around the country. Sensitive that poor public perception could sink their movement, some rally planners have disinvited controversial speakers, beefed up security and urged participants to pack cameras and capture evidence of disrupters, according to the Associated Press.
Chicago tea party coordinator Steve Stevlic says today's rally reflects a "powerful movement of regular American. People no longer view Congress or this administration as governing with their consent or within the framework of the U.S. Constitution."
The tea partiers are facing opposition to them enough where they may be called racist. We saw that when that health care law breezed through Congress last month. If this is what the party in power is doing obviously there is some concern about the potency of this movement which seems to want to bring this nation back to the ideas of our founding fathers.
BTW, there may be some party crashers amongst the tea partiers today. Ann Althouse has this post up regarding ways to defeat those who seek to make fools of the tea party movement.