Thought Experiment: What would the reaction of the press and the GOP be if the Tea Partiers were Americans of Arab descent? Or just ordinary African Americans who gathered in the tens of thousands, angry, well armed and ranting incoherently about taking back the country?
Trees/Forest: There were well over 100,000 people, perhaps 200,000, gathered on the National Mall for the Earth Day rally. Even though there were ten times the number of people there than the Tea Partiers bussed in, they did not get one-tenth of the media coverage. Maybe they should carry guns instead of signs, to show they are serious.
The Disillusioned : Like all of the generations since WWII, young people are told that if they study hard, get an education and work within the system, good jobs and the American Dream would be theirs. As this year's graduates have discovered, this is a lie. They are graduating with immense debts and very dim employment prospects. They will not be setting off on a great adventure, they will be returning to mom and dad, defeated and depressed. Welcome to the world Wall Street, globalization, and the free market have created.