There was NO SUCH THING as a “Tea Bag” in those days. The Boston Tea Party happened in 1773. The “Tea Bag” was invented 135 years later, in 1908. DUH!
Recently, when a group of Americans, exercising their American Constitutional rights to protest higher taxes, organized nation-wide Tea Parties as their Colonial ancestors had done during the Revolutionary War era, America’s journalists at almost all of the major media outlets, lampooned them as “Tea Baggers.”
When the brave Bostonians of long ago, participated in the Boston Tea Party, there was no such thing as a “Tea Bag” anywhere in the world.
Yet America’s media, following the lead of MSNBC’s anti-American journalists** Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, along with David Shuster and Rachel Maddow who dreamt up the “Tea Bagger” epithet, refused to refer to the modern day tax protesters as anything but “Tea Baggers” holding “Tea Bag Parties.” By doing so America’s media were employing the tactics of ridicule advocated by the Communist/Socialist movement, including President Barack Obama’s own mentor, Saul Alinsky. As America’s television journalists belittled the Tea Party participants as “Tea Baggers,” gullible Americans continued to believe the dream that has become a fairy tale – that America’s media are “fair and balanced.”
The most slanderous and disgusting comment of all came from CNN’s “respected” Anderson Cooper. When someone commented to him that the Republicans were “searching for their voice,” Cooper responded: “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.” Weeks later when questioned about his comment, Cooper replied in platitudes: “Protest is the great right of all Americans, and it’s not my job in any way to make fun of people or disparage what they’re doing.” He went on to say that he does not believe in “disparaging their legitimate right to protest, and what they were doing.” Oh? What does that mean?
** I have judged the MSNBC network, and its mean as junk-yard dog journalists, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, as “anti-American” because of their flagrant on-air contempt for the U.S. Constitution.
UPDATE: 4th of July Tea Party in Texas!