Saturday, April 11, 2009

Unintended Consequences: Tea-Bagging Washington

A lot of people on the right don't much care for how much money Obama is spending. No surprise there. They worry that all this spending will lead to tax increases above the ones he's already recommending. Well, Duh.

To register their discontent, some thought it'd be a really cool idea to model their protest on the Boston Tea Party. So far so good, only not so good...

To begin with they had the idea of sending actual tea-bags to Washington. Remember how after 9/11 there was a crazy guy sending out letters with anthrax in them? It seems folks in Washington take a dim view of anyone sending bags full of unknown powders to the capital building and sending said bags to your congressman might prompt an unannounced visit from the FBI, so then they got the idea of cutting off the tags from the tea-bags and sending those or taking pictures of the tea-bags and sending those, only some people decided to email them and the whole thing just started to be kinna lame.

...And then there's this problem with the word "tea-bag". If you're fifty and republican, then you probably don't know that "tea-bag" is a word used to describe a practical joke and a sex act, a homosexual sex act, and not a particularly wholesome homosexual sex act.

Organizers of the tea-party tax revolt tea party all around the country scratched their head in bewilderment when hipper, younger people burst into snickers and outright guffaws when they heard republicans talking about teabags and sending tea-bags to Washington or tea-bagging congress.

Sometimes, it's best to just quit while you're ahead. Having protests based on the Boston Tea Party might work out fairly well, but just leave anything involving tea-bags out of it.

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