It is true, so true as Judson Philips founder of the Tea Party Nation argues in the Washington Post, that the doyens of liberal media have been attempting to paint tea party members as the villains of the debt ceiling confrontation but this shouldn’t surprise. From the inception of the movement, liberals and Democrats have purported to see dark and dangerous trends afoot. The movement has been insulted as stupid and radical and slandered as racist and nativist.
Perhaps liberals have a hard time understanding the tea party phenomenon because its so at odds with the spirit of the times. Those funny 18th century costumes they sport at rallies, have a deeper meaning than simply a reference to the original Boston Tea Party.
Unlike most 20th & 21st century political activists (many) tea party members are not asking anything from the federal government–not “full funding” for this or that program, not more research from this or that disease and not more tax-exemptions for this or that industry. They simply ask that the federal government not spend more than it collects in taxes and not continue its suicidal expansion.
Rest here by Mona Charen –Townhall.com