On May 19, unnoticed by the media, there were 96 brown-bag vigils for peace and justice organized in Congressional districts by Progressive Democrats of America, health care advocates and other peace groups. That's on top of nearly 500 this year alone. The brown-baggers sharply contrast with the uprising known as the Tea Party, which won a US Senate primary with Rand Paul in Kentucky Tuesday.
The new question is whether there an anti-war wing of the tea-baggers. Rep. Ron Paul, father of Rand, wins standing ovations when he condemns Afghanistan as an unsustainable waste of taxpayer dollars. Will the Republican Party only adopt the anti-tax and anti-government portion of the Paul message, while ignoring the multi-trillion dollar costs and thousands of American deaths in military quagmires? Do they want to "take America back" only from the White House, Congress and big banks, but keep the bailouts flowing to the Pentagon?