I'm really not interested in your off-topic opinion of my POV.
Th reason people didn't protest Bush like this, is because Bush wasn't systematically dismantling our freedoms. The worst thing that Bush ever did was pass a bill that allowed him to listen in on a few suspicious, foreign phone calls without having to get a FISA warrant. That's nothing compared to what these clowns are trying to pull.
I just came from the NPS website and couldn't find anything in their news releases about the attendees of the tea party or that it existed for that matter. (hmmmm, scrubbed by Axelrod?) Anyway, here's a report from the Charlotte Examiner.
I have heard reports up to 2M. If you look at this pic you will see more than 10s of K. More like 100s of K. Make your own judgement. Certainly not 60K.
The anger began when Bush said we needed to bailout Wall Street. People were furious. But before that they weren't angry enough to start a massive grassroots movement.
Then Obama made it clear that we were going to spend a bunch more on the bailout and people became crazy mad.
If Bush were still president right now I feel the anger would be there and people would be protesting. Bush still has a fan base but I don't figure the teaparty folks to be part of it at all. Not at all.
The people who attended the marches you cited were no more professional activists, or members of an organization, or 'cajoled' into attending than were yesterday's attendees.
It just happens to be that more people attended the marches you cited than attended Saturday's Tea Party. So, you are diminishing them by saying, they are not grassroots. It's simply not true.
Delegitimizing broad-based political opposition is an old tactic. Some people, like Marc Cooper, do it because they're elitists who don't trust the grassroots with something so powerful as opinions of their own. And others, like Krugman, Milbank, Limbaugh and Horowitz, are cynical political apparatchiks, who attempt to strip legitimacy from any movement that doesn't support their own ideas. They're especially aggressive in their tactics when defending a status quo that represents their own ideology.
... Whether or not you agree with the sentiments expressed by the participants, yesterday's tea parties were just as legitimate and grassroots as last year's anti-war protests. They may be right, or they may be wrong, but they're real.
Were the tea parties (and anti-war demonstrations) signs of grassroots protest?