Charles Douglas in association with The Sentinel did some fine work documenting two Humboldt County Tea Party events.
There are 4 parts to the video. They should come up as options after playing the first one.
While I want to feel a part of this American revolution, I can't quite get on board with most of these people after a few minutes of talking to them. I went to both events and I came away with the idea that they were angry and not that well informed. Don't get me wrong, on some issues, they are leading the way.
The idea that we need to take this country back. I agree with that. The difference lies in what we both want the country taken back from. I want us to take it back from the international corporations and banksters
They want corporations to have free trade but want to take the country back from all the people that are not like them. They are against government spending and think the private sector has the answers to all of our problems. If companies make a bad product, consumers will just choose to not use that product.
This doesn't work when 2 egg ranches sell under 14 different names and over a billion eggs are making Americans sick. This also doesn't work when BP spoils the coasts of several states and the gas stations that bear their name don't belong to them. How do we make good decisions when the corporations we buy from are not what they seem? They don't want government regulations but in these two cases, more regulation would seem to be just what was needed.
In my opinion, a smaller government, just for the sake of less spending would hand the country off to the international bankers, corporations and coalitions like the WTO and the Federal Reserve.
I am for some sort of democratic socialism. As a young man argued with the Tea Party in one of the videos, you can either have some social spending or you can hire more police. How do you want to spend your money?