This weekend is Patriots Weekend up here in Massachusetts, where we are visiting friends and family for the weekend, and that means two things: reenactments of the Battles of Lexington and Concord...
and the Boston Marathon (which takes place tomorrow).
But getting back to the former, famous battles are not the only revolutionary events being reenacted the last few days (and through this weekend). All throughout the country, groups of angry (and ill-informed) protesters have been holding anti-tax tea parties a la the Boston Tea Party of 1773. (Though as New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote recently, these protesters "were slightly different from colonial New Englanders on the minor point of having representation." She also pointed out that "the states where anti-tax sentiment is strongest are frequently the same states that get way more back from the federal government than they send in." But less us not get hung up on silly things like facts.)
In many cases, the protesters have been doing unsavory things to tea bags, which has led to some interesting punditry, including this gem from MSNB's David Schuster:
I believe this gives new meaning to the phrase "The British are coming."
Despite these protests, or because in this country you can have such protests and not have to worry about being tortured or jailed, I am proud to be an American (even if I am not a fan of the Patriots ; ).
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