Update 4: Jeff Goldstein, in We Are All Fringe Right Wing Extremists Now, quotes Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson:
Only in a highly politicized bureaucracy could the Constitution be viewed as a subversive manifesto.In a total coincidence (not),
Update 1: outstanding video, via Webutante
Texas Governor Rick Perry unapologetically issues a WAKE UP CALL AMERICA. Governor Perry stands un-neutered. In the simple act of doing so, of standing as God and the Founding Fathers and Sam Houston intended, of standing as any of us may stand, Gov. Perry appears as a Gulliver amongst Lilliputians:
"[O]ur federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state.... [I support efforts] to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.I hope other governors are listening, and will be emboldened. I hope Americans are watching how the State of Texas gets out of the way and allows citizens and business persons space to breathe.
There's a point ... where you stand up and say 'Enough is enough.' I think Americans, and Texans especially, have reached that point.”
Update 2: A nice story, about Lloyd Marcus, the writer and singer of the "Tea Party Anthem".
Update 3: via Theo Spark
"Taxpayers have had enough. Fed up with excessive spending, planned tax increases and a federal government that first caused the financial bubble through misregulation, and then grabbed power in order to 'fix' it, they're hitting the streets to protest."