It’s the Summer of RAGE!!!

Singer Lloyd Marcus told the crowd assembled in Lake Eola Park on Saturday that he was going to give them his take on the first days of the Obama administration.

Then he shrieked.

Seems sort of, well, shrill. What has caused this unpatriotic outpouring of unhinged and out-of-the-mainstream criticism of a popular President in a time of war?

“This is maybe the greatest single gathering of God-fearing patriots in the history of Orlando, Florida,” local conservative radio host Bud Hedinger, who emceed the event, told the crowd.

Nevermind, then!  So, what seems to be the problem, God’s Patriots?

The attendees, many of whom said they’d heard about the rally on Hedinger’s radio show, brandished flags and homemade signs bearing slogans such as “Repeal the pork or our bacon is cooked” and “Obama lied, liberty died.”

“We’re really scared about what’s happening in our country,” said Debby Whisenand, 71, of Largo in Pinellas County. She waved a sign that read “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money” on one side, and “You can’t blame Bush anymore” on the other.

I guess we’ll be putting the “Deficits Don’t Matter“/”Clinton Did It!” signs in long-term storage, then.  But, tell us, now: what distinguishes this patriotic protest from the sort carried out by anti-American, anti-social elements?

Her feelings were shared by Lisa Feroli, one of the event’s organizers, who said that a similar fear motivated her to e-mail Hedinger with the idea for the Orlando Tea Party.

“The goal was to get people united, to let people know that they aren’t alone in their feelings on despair,” Feroli said. “We want to speak out against the push toward socialization that we feel is taking place in our country.”

It’s about time somebody did.  Down With Society!

The lack of mainstream media (that’s “MSM”, if yer hep) coverage given to this Retirees Against W.I.C. and/or America countercultural moment is, indeed, shameful.  I mean, when the flickering lights of conservative talk radio and a full-court press from the Jingosphere can whip up crowds almost a third as big as an Arena Football League (R.I.P.) regular season game, you know that you are living in historic days.  Glenn Beck’s porcine face says so.  FOX News says so.  Chuck Norris is assembling a glorious Revolutionary People’s Soviet to rule the breakaway republic of Chopsockystan.  People all over America are “Going Galt” by saying they coulda been millionaires if only Barack Obama wasn’t pouring socialist salt on their game, and then refusing to be millionaires out of spite.  Indeed, the entire conservative counterculture is united in their belief that America must be destroyed, its corruption confirmed by its rejection of conservatives.  The giant papiermâché puppets are at most 6 months away.