by Brandon Friedman Tue Apr 14, 2009 at 11:17:50 AM PDT
It’s become pretty easy to associate the Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin-driven Tax Day "Tea Parties" with the militia movement. While I don’t relate to the "no taxation without representation" crowd today, I do understand the potential need for such a movement in theory. It just depends on what you consider "representation," I guess.
A lot of people don’t know this about me, but my mom’s side of the family has had some pretty healthy ties to the local militia movement in South Carolina. This occurred mostly in the mid to late ‘70s and the early ‘80s, but it’s something we still talk about. And honestly, it’s not something of which I’m ashamed.
I’m not ashamed because what drove my relatives into the arms of the militia movement were the same issues we hear Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin rail about today: Specifically, taxation without representation. Like their disgruntled, seemingly-disenfranchised followers today, my family members were concerned that their grievances were neither heard, nor listened to by a government which catered to the wealthy upper class.