THE UNSILENT NON-MAJORITY
First, “Tea Parties.” The level of historical ignorance necessary to adopt this term is difficult to conceive. In the Boston Tea Party, wealthy colonists protested a tax on tea by dumping their tea in Boston Harbor – cutting off their noses to spite the King’s face. They took something that was worth a lot of money and said “We’d rather piss away a thousand dollars worth of tea than allow you to tax it.” Where is the connection to what is happening in 2009? Is this gaggle of sheep going to dump their paychecks, their SUVs, their HDTVs, and their iPhones in a body of water? Toss them in a bonfire? Commit any kind of self-sacrificing act of protest? No. They’re going to bitch.