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Opening Arguments

Scare see tea

The tea parties that are springing up across the country are a good sign that the spirit of protest is alive and well. March in protest, even carry a sign. But that should probably be the end of it. Don't do something silly:

One doesn't normally think of a tea bag as a threat to national security.

But the small packets, when mailed to a member of Congress as a form of tax protest, can trigger alarms, given the post-9/11 anthrax scare. One office recently was closed down over a tea-bag scare.

From regular Lipton's brand to a special-Boston-tea-party signature blend, the mailed symbols are appearing in congressional offices thanks to various efforts sprouting up across America as a way to vent against high tax bills.

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If you're going to protest, one group called teabagcongress.com is attempting to get its readers to send "virtual tea bags."

"Do not send a real tea bag to anyone," the group warns. "Doing so is open to abuse and misinterpretation."

Virtual tea bas, huh? Will that lead to a virtual revolution? Chances are virtually impossible, I'd say.


Bob G.
Thu, 04/09/2009 - 3:47pm

Leo, I heard the people were to send the TAG connected to the tea bag instead...

(dollar store shoppers take note: THEIR tea bags do NOT come with tags, but you can STILL send the box lid)


Thu, 04/09/2009 - 4:35pm

I'm still about 14 at heart, so when I hear things like "virtual teabag;" I start to think, "why not a virtual Cleveland Steamer or a virtual Dirty Sanchez?"

Michael B-P
Thu, 04/09/2009 - 8:49pm

Silly people making a silly protest by doing something totally silly. For crying out loud, the government isn't taxing tea, it's taxing incomes (and just about everything else)! If this were a serious protest, they would simply refuse to file on the 15th. Ohhh, but we might get into some REAL (as opposed to "virtual") trouble then.

Jon Olinger
Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:32am

I agree with Michael. I make fun of the left because they put symbol over substance; the tea bag is the same thing. It might even be more effective if congress opened their own mail, but they don't. They have some staffer do it in another town. They are insulated from real America and have less and less contact with it each year.

Our government should fear us or at least respect us, they don't even notice us.

Bob G.
Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:52am

But maybe through these "symbolic" tea parties, the government just MIGHT begin to sweat....even a drop down the brow would be a good start.
After all, THEY are civil SERVANTS.
WE pay THEM.

Maybe it's time to get THEM to realize WHY they have the jobs they do...and get THEM to worry.

But I like your take, Jon...they SHOULD fear us AND respect us.
NOT the other way around.

Jon Olinger
Sat, 04/11/2009 - 7:37am

Bob.. I

Bob G.
Sat, 04/11/2009 - 9:08am

There 'ya go....and I also hear that Menards has a sale on torches (TIKIS, but still symbolic enough).