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Isn't it funny how a string of good old fashioned, car-burning riots in the middle east has become a trendy global cause celebre for freedom, while peaceful protests against government waste and exorbitant taxes in America were dubbed "unhealthy" by the president's top adviser and "racist" by some in the media?
In any event, somebody better warn Janeane Garofalo, because the TEA partiers have planned a sequel to their infamous tax day rallies. This time they chose Independence Day, and at websites like www.reteaparty.com and www.teapartypatriots.org, there are hundreds of July 4th protests advertised with more being added every day. For an interactive display of the planned party locations, FreedomWorks has brought back its popular map with the most comprehensive and helpful listing of all.
A number of the events are planned in the D.C. metro area, but those eager to maintain a non-partisan image should get ready for Republican politicians to try to highjack the TEA party image as a shortcut to populist credibility. Those inclined to credulity should remember that just because someone speaks at a rally and claims to be for individual liberty and small government does not mean they vote that way when the time comes.
But there are some who stand by their principles. On September 12th, FreedomWorks will be hosting a taxpayer protest featuring leaders from both sides of the aisle who have demonstrated a commitment to fiscal discipline and personal responsibility. More on that march later, but for those who choose to attend TEA parties over the 4th of July weekend, just remember that while America's government spending may be out of control and its leaders shockingly arrogant, America is not yet Iran. It is up to you to make sure she never is.