I am watching the C-Span coverage of the "Taxpayer March on Washington," and what is most shocking to see is the lack of racial diversity in the crowd. Note that I did not say "most surprising." Having been a part of that massive friendly crowd of people inauguration weekend was shocking in a completely different way: it felt like everyone was there. Every type of American seemed to make his or her way to Washington that weekend in January.
I can say with all honesty that I do not understand these folks' anger. I do not understand their fear. I do not understand why people think that someone is trying to wrest the country away from them.
I think that many of these people see the country they want that would make "Pleasantville" seem cosmopolitan. I would also guess that they are looking amongst themselves and seeing "real" Americans. And those of us who were in my town in January weren't "real" Americans?
(here is my first "On Tea and (Little) Sympathy" post)