The Teabag Revolt: Could they be just a group of hard core "right wing" Republicans/Libertarians with more concern for their individual needs than the well being and economic stability of their nation?
Will this "America first" crowd be so angry that they would dump their slogan God and country and threaten to secede from the union like the Governor of Texas suggested? Two perspectives are presented here: The news coverage of the "event," and Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert's take (on the right).
Foxnews/AP: Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired up an anti-tax "tea party" with his stance against the federal government and for states' rights as some in his U.S. flag-waving audience shouted, "Secede!"
Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.
"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."
The protests, organized throughout the country by conservative groups and talk show hosts, were held on the federal income tax deadline day to imitate the original
Boston Tea Party of American revolutionary times.
Wisconsin State Journal: A man who identified himself as the owner of a ceramic tile business (in Madison)but who declined to give his name held a large red and white sign that said "Obama is the Anti-Christ." Several people stopped to take their picture with him.
"He needs to go," the man said of the president. "This is the first and last warning he’ll get."
Mike Smart, a 51-year-old oil field worker from West Texas, held up a white handwritten sign that said, "I'll keep my freedom, my $ and my guns. You keep the change." Another protester, 38-year-old Melva Fried, said the forced ouster of General Motors Corp. CEO Rick Wagoner was the last straw for her -- a symbol the federal government was moving toward socialism. "When a president can fire the head of a company, that's too much," she said, holding a sign that read "Stop Rewarding Failure."