I'm a tea drinker. I have been, by choice, for years and years. I don't like coffee. I'll drink coffee once every week or two, either if I've had a horrible night or it's my only caffeinated choice, but please, give me a nice cup of Darjeeling the next day. And, being somewhat lazy, I use teabags. You know, bags that hold tea, not wingnuts or genitals!
So, now that we've taken back our country from the neocons, social conservatives, global warming deniers, and assorted species of crazies, can I please also take back my tea?
I don't know why they're calling themselves teabaggers. And I don't care. I don't care about lewd comments. I was all set to write a learned diary, filled with references to the health benefits of tea, tea in political history, blah blah blah, but instead I'm just ranting.
I want to order a civilized cup of tea without making a political statement. Especially if it's a political statement that I loathe.
I want tea to mean a drink, hot or cold, brewed from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, with a dash of lemon and a half teaspoon of sugar, no more, no less.
What's next? Chai-Mocha For Chase Manhattan? Lattes Against Liberals? Green Tea Against Gays? White Tea for White Supremacists? Oolong for Idiots? Make it stop!!!