Thank you for hosting this group! The time is now to begin standing strong against this democracy-threatening throng led by extremists who are gaining popularity every time the media gives them more voice. Maybe it's time opponents get an equal voice and begin to organize now. Of course, real grassroots organization won't have the huge financial backing of the "Luthorcorps" of America (to borrow an analogy from Smallville/Superman). But maybe enough of tea-party opponents are passionate enough to bypass the financial games and donate time and energy to the cause, even if it means a half hour out of one's day to go online and blog about it and sign petitions. I am physically unable to get out in the streets and march, but those who can might find it uplifting. I marched in antiwar protests in the 60's when I was young and vibrant, and found it exhilirating. Didn't cost me a penny! And it didn't cost much to organize then either, beyond time, energy, and materials.
As for Big Money, that's what appears to be driving everything these days, and we need to get over it. I was talking yesterday to a classmate (in a ceramics class I'm taking) who was from Paraguay. She sends her family $160 per month and they live very well on that. They raise their own organic food and are healthy and don't need big expensive pharmaceuticals to live a healthy life. I felt like pulling up stakes and moving there! Why should everything under the sun have to cost so much? Tickets to Sarah Palin's Tea-Party rally cost well over $500 a head! What if the opposition did a lot of stuff, like speaking, at no cost? Think of the example that would be set! It may even turn heads, including the media! Giving time away? Who does that in public anymore? I wonder if passionate people like Alan Grayson or Dennis Kucinich could be persuaded to speak at an anti-Tea-Party rally on an optional donation basis? It takes passion and determination. Tea-Partyers have that. (Plus big bucks!) Imagine an anti-Tea Party throng out-speaking the Right Wingies on a low budget, with tons of volunteers. Could it set a trend? Perhaps We The People are the Change We Can Believe In, and could it possibly be time to resurrect the phrase "Power to the People"? Sounds democratic to me, not communistic, as the conservatives would have people believe.