My response is posted here, but the gist of it is that the Sons of Liberty were prepared to break the law, and to engage in armed rebellion against their government – and did so shortly thereafter. Protesters at today’s tea parties are not yet to that point. I also echo the sentiments of Instapundit, who writes that these protests are naturally amateurish – they are ordinary citizens getting involved, often for the first time. These aren’t the well-orchestrated political rallies, where party operatives have prepared all the “home-made” signs in advance to match the campaign theme.
These gatherings aren’t going to suddenly persuade politicians that their decades of overspending where a mistake, but represent a first salvo.
I also let Alex know that under his definition, the real patriots are Obama’s cabinet appointees, who refuse to pay their taxes.