The nation's anger level is rising as a result of intrusive and unconstitutional acts by the federal government, especially the mishandling of the US economy by lawmakers and the White House. The indicators -- unemployment, the stock market, home foreclosures, etc. -- have led to an abysmal reaction by some of the very people responsible for the economic downturn in the first place. Rather than pulling back, these politicians are accelerating their pace by spending trillions of dollars and printing more paper money.
Many, many Americans are angry over the reaction of politicans interested in using the people's misery to grab more power and more of taxpayers' money. In retaliation for this behavior -- which is viewed as irresponsible at best, and utterly greedy at worst -- more and more citizens are taking a page from American history by conducting their own versions of the Boston Tea Party -- an anti-government action that precipitated the American Revolution.
During the Boston Tea Party of 1773, citizens dumped tea into the Boston harbor in protest to Great Britain's undercutting of American merchants by taxing them without allowing them a voice in the British Parliament. Hence, the slogan "No Taxation Without Representation."
These modern day peaceful protests, which already have been occurring in various locations — 2,000 people in St. Louis, 3,000 people in Cincinnati, 6,000 people in Orlando — are expected to snowball through April 15 or Tax Day, with hundreds of Tea Party protests held in large and small venues throughout the country.
What makes this movement unique is that activists are using new media web sites such as Twitter and Facebook to find supporters and allies, to meet each other and to establish a sense of community, a community of people who believe they are being oppressed by the new burdens being placed on them by the Democrats who now are in complete control in Washington, DC.
While the Tea Party movement is a great first step and an important symbolic gesture of Americans' dissatisfaction, there needs to be much more done to turn the tide of "change" being hoisted on citizens by unscrupulous and ambitions political leaders.
Ned Ryun, president of The American Majority recently said, "I have asked the question of the organizers of the National Tax Day Tea Parties, 'What comes next?'"
Ryun points out that there are over 1,000 events planned for the April 15th, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to show up and protest the government’s out of control spending.