I just hate it when common sense gets into the way of a political movement, don’t you? And so, I need help, because there is one thing I don’t understand about the modern Tea Party Movement.
Why do they use teabags?
Now I know that two of their leaders, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are both a little iffy about their history. By now everybody knows about Sarah’s contorted description of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and that little oopsie Michele Bachmann made when she forgot that the first shots in the American Revolution were fired in liberal Massachusetts rather than in conservative New Hampshire as poor old Michele announced at a stump speech.
But how can those little Lipton Tea Bags be the symbol of the Tea Party Movement? Wikipedia tells me that there were no tea bags at the original Boston Tea Party back in December of 1773. The Patriots, dressed as Indians, threw crates of loose tea into Boston Harbor. No tea bags were dunked. And certainly, no tea bags were hung from hats, tri-corner or round.
How do I know? Because tea bags were not invented until 1903, 130 years later. Oops.
When the symbol of a “movement” is wrong, what does that say about the movement itself? I’d speculate that maybe this whole Tea Party Movement is not all that well thought out.