The Obama campaign was built on themes of hope and change. The campaign deftly left the definition of each to individual voters allowing them to believe what they wanted to believe. Once Obama took office and started his spending spree, Americans found out that change was not only more of the same but much, much, more of the same spending and wreckless borrowing that had been too much a part of the previous adminisitration and the previous Congress.
Wednesday's Tea Parties were not anti-Obama as much as they were anti-big government, anti-big spending, anti-big brother. And unlike many protests that we've had the misfortune to attend, they weren't ruled by anger and characterized by paranoia. Albuquerque's Tea Party was an exciting event where people of like mind exchanged ideas and peacfully exercised their First Amendment rights.
The organizers should be proud of the event that they put together here in Albuquerque. The participants should be proud of their behavior and their willingness to participate. We're proud to see that there really are people out there who care about freedom and are concerned about liberty. The thousands of people who lined Montgomery Wednesday provided a reason for hope and perhaps the beginnings of change.