Orange County’s anti-tax “suburban warriors” turned out Wednesday afternoon for the local April 15 tea party, held at the Plaza of the Flags in the Santa Ana Civic Center. The event was well-attended, although there are conflicting reports on crowd size from the local media. The Orange County Register suggests that “hundreds” of “frustrated taxpayers” turned out for the day’s event, while the Los Angeles Times puts the number at “more than 1,000.”
I’d put the peak crowd at closer to 3,500, and pictures from the event provide some sense of packed excitement at the rally. Of course, supporters of the tea party rallies can’t rely on the mainstream media to pump up the movement. Indeed, as keynote speaker Andrew Breitbart noted — citing this week’s DHS report on the threat of single-issue voting extremists — the “Democratic Media Industrial Complex” will likely portray the day’s protests as “a waiting list for far right-wing domestic terrorism.”
The secular collectivists on the left are attacking the tea parties as “astroturfing” by conservative elites from Freedom Works, Fox News, and elsewhere. While there’s no doubt that top-level sponsorship helped build the buzz, the fabulous attendance and enthusiasm on the ground tells another story. Wednesday’s rally boasted people from all walks of life, and not a trivial number of senior Americans. Moreover, my networking with the organizers for the Orange County event showed this to be a premier example of a nascent online pro-American, good government movement strutting its stuff in the age of Internet communications and social networking. My local group boasts a “meet up” site, and a Facebook page complements the standard e-mail operations of online citizen activists.
And all this talk on the left that the protests are “meaningless” is pure baloney. The Obama administration’s “economic stimulus” was tantamount to slap in the face to the American people. And while the administration has pledged to “lower taxes on the middle class” (just a charade), we’ve already seen the class warfare on the “evil” five percent of income earners. The voters know how the Democrats treat other people’s money, and in time tax hikes will hit middle-class families at incomes well below the “filthy rich.”