Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Well, isn't this refreshing; a report on the Tea Party movement from someone who attended and gets it!
Columnist Patrick McIlheran shares his experiences from the July 4th Taxpayer gatherings in A coalition of normal has a rally.
McIlheran attended the Fort Atkinson Tea Party on July 4th and found what any of us who actually attended one already knew: the people attending are just normal, everyday folks. They are not all "grouchy, graying cranks."
They certainly are not the Possible American extremists according to Homeland Security's Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Back to McIlheran's editorial:
"Tea parties were held in about 21 towns across the state Saturday, follow-ups to the convergence of about 7,000 people on Madison in April. The nonpartisan but conservative Americans for Prosperity, which assisted local organizers, guesstimated they drew 6,000 or so people. If you can draw 6,000 Wisconsinites to hear hours of politics on a day everyone else is grilling brats, you may have a movement. So who were these people?"
"They weren't especially grumpy nor graying. Crowds were salted liberally with the first-time voters of 2024 and parents holding them. In Mayville, a 22-year-old spoke to roughly 200 people standing in Foster Park as teenagers actually listened. Youngsters waved signs reading things like, 'Give me liberty, not debt.'"
"This, then, is the constituency for an alternative to Obamaism. It's the coalition of normal: People reasonably happy with their lives, families and country. They are not ideological so much as in favor of a government that knows its place and respects theirs."
"Which is, when you think about it, a pretty Fourth of July idea."