A common complaint by the fringe these days is that our current government is tyrannical and leading us toward socialism. Unfortunately, not many of those people could accurately define socialism nor do they know what it would be like to live under real tyranny.
Having lived my whole life in the United States I can only read about tyranny and learn from it. I have no firsthand knowledge.
To get more information I visited a large Tea Party demonstration on tax day attended by almost 15 people. The demographics that I observed led me to realize that the third of each month is spent anxiously awaiting the arrival of a government check (Social Security). I approached the group and suggested that everyone burn their Medicare cards as a show of disapproval of progressive government. You'll never believe it. I got no takers. Not even from the folks holding signs protesting the "government takeover of healthcare."
The Stimulus Bill and rising taxes is another target of discontent. With less than half of the stimulus funds distributed thus far we are already seeing improvement in the economy. Most of those funds were used to reduce the taxes of 95 percent of our citizens.
Many Tea Party complaints center around the objection that this administration is focusing too much on helping minorities. The protestors need to understand that they are also members of a minority; the minority of people that didn't vote for President Obama.
Clearly the people have their right to express disapproval with Washington. But please, first educate yourself on the issues and stop watching TV. If you hear someone use the term "socialism," get a book on socialism and read it. If someone uses the word "tyranny" he should know what it means and imagine what a real tyranny would look like. Look, we're all living the American dream. "We the People" elected a group of people to do something and their doing it. No one is trying to "fundamentally change America," but "the fundamentals of our economy" were not strong but are now being rejuvenated with a fresh and progressive approach.