It wasn’t like Woodstock. There was no mud, everyone was fully clothed and there were no drugs except possibly an occasional dose of Viagra or Geritol. And it wasn’t like the anti-war protests or civil rights marches with their clear ideological messages.

No the FreedomWorks, Teabag crowd in Washington on Saturday was nothing like those other gatherings. It was a display of discontent by people who had complaints about anything and everything, who ranted about imaginary socialistic programs not to be confused with the real ones from which they derive special benefits. It was an event for malcontents who took their over-heated, Glenn-Beck-induced rhetoric to the national stage where its incoherent message could reach the zenith of unfocused, scatter-shot rage.

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